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Forest Preserve Experience Program - Community Mentor Friends of the Forest Preserves is a local, non-profit environmental organization. We are the voice of a diverse community inspiring and organizing people to protect, restore and expand the forest preserves in Cook County. Community Mentor Duties: Co-lead, supervise, and mentor a team of approximately 16 high school youth, ages 15-19 for four weeks (Mon.-Fri. 5 hours/day) completing an assortment of hands-on conservation and restoration projects within different areas in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Community Mentors are responsible for planning and leading educational activities as well as leadership and team building exercises. Mentors will also be responsible for tracking attendance and encouraging appropriate crew member engagement and behavior. Qualifications:

● 21 years or older
● Ability to meet at one of the following designated locations before start of each shift: ○ Chicago State University (9501 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60628) ○ Harlem Blue Line Forest Park station (Forest Park, IL 60130) ○ South Suburban College (15800 State St, South Holland, IL 60473)
● Must be able to attend a mandatory training June 21st – June 24th as well as be available for entire length of program
● Have current Basic First Aid and Adult CPR certifications or ability to obtain before training start date
● Experience working with diverse groups of youth and strong interest in working with and mentoring youth
● Ability to maintain safe, productive and enjoyable work environment
● Some flexibility in work hours is required (select program dates will be morning only shifts for all Community Mentors)
● Outdoor skills, plant identification skills, knowledge of mid-western ecology, or knowledge of the forest preserves is a plus
● State of Illinois herbicide license is a plus Dates of Service: Local Program Training: June 21st -24th, 2016 from 8AM-4:30 PM Program Dates: July 5th- July 29th, 2016 (4 weeks) Salary: $16/ hour, $16.50 with herbicide license; 25 hours/week (Part-Time) All Community Mentors: 8:00AM-4:30PM, June 21st through June 24th (32 hrs) Morning shift Community Mentors: 7:30 AM-12:30 PM, Monday through Friday Afternoon shift Community Mentors: 12:30 PM- 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday
For More Information: Please email Daiva Gylys at To Apply: Please email cover letter and resume to Friends of the Forest Preserves is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Food Service Training Program
Is Food Service Right for You?
 Can you stand for long periods of time?
 Do you work well under pressure?
 Can you work evenings and weekends?
 Do you take criticism well?
 Do you pay attention to detail?
 Can you handle multiple tasks at once?
 Do you have the support of family and friends to meet your goals?
 Are you willing to prove yourself on the job through hard work and taking on new tasks?
If you can answer yes to all these questions, then you are ready for the opportunities in the culinary world. What We Offer Inspiration Corporation’s Food Service Training Program assists low-income job seekers in attaining good, entry-level employment in the food service industry.
The program began in 2000, and has over 500 graduates. Students have case management to help with basic needs, including CTA passes. In the program, students learn knife skills, soups and sauces, baking and how to work with meats, poultry, fish, and vegetables.
Most of the training is hands-on, in the kitchen of a real restaurant. During the thirteen week program, students should be prepared to train during brunch, lunch, dinner, and weekend shifts. They work along side chef instructors and graduates of the program to learn on the job. All students test for food handlers certificates.
The training begins with four weeks of employment preparation training, such as writing resumes and interviewing. All graduates receive job placement assistance. Staff set up interviews with potential employers and support students in their own job searches.
Training takes place at 3504 W. Lake Street in East Garfield Park. The first step in applying for the program is to attend an orientation. Orientations are held every Tuesday at 1pm Inspiration Kitchens-Garfield Park, 3504 W. Lake Street
You do not need to make an appointment to attend an orientation. People who arrive late will be asked to return another day. Please plan on staying until 3:00 pm to complete all the tests and assessments.
There is no cost to individuals who meet income requirements. 

Documentation A candidate will have to provide: -proof of his income, or an affidavit declaring that he has no income
-proof of address or a letter proving homelessness
-proof of social security number Orientation process Complete the application
Pass math and English tests
Complete two interviews
Take a TB test
For further information about the program, call: Arneice Edwards 773-940-1637 ext. 19;
Our Success 75% of Food Service graduates have become employed and 60% have kept a job for at least six months.

On average, graduates earn $9.50 per hour at their first jobs. Typical job titles include line cook, prep cook, kitchen assistant, grill cook, and deli worker. Below are some of the businesses where they work.
Eataly Fare Adventures
Dry Hop
Gourmet Gorilla
Service Is Us
Little Goat Diner
Hospitality One
Lou Malnati’s