The Cabrini Connections and Jobs for Youth (Chicago) programs are two separate programs but are very closely related. Cabrini Connections' President/CEO, Dan Bassill has inked in the goal which is to provide youth with the resources and tools needed in order to be in a career by the age of 25. There is A LOT that needs to be in place for that goal to become a reality. The youth have to make a commitment to the program, take advantage of the resources that are given and provide resources for others to take advantage of, and take their academics seriously etc...And we are confident in the fact that if the students can follow those needed steps on a consistent basis then they can and will be in a career by the age of 25, and this where Cabrini Connections and a program like Jobs for Youth relate.
At Cabrini Connections we could be considered the first step on this road to a career. The students are learning how to be responsible, respectful, hardworking, commitment, and many of the other soft-skills needed no matter what career choice the students are looking to pursue, but it takes more than just that. In the February issue "Youth today" I had the opportunity to learn a little more about the CEO of Jobs for Youth (Chicago) Robert Barnett and how his organization provides job opportunities for low-income families.
I have never met Mr. Barnett and I have never been to the Jobs for Youth Agency, but the work that we do and the work that Mr. Barnett does go hand in hand. Cabrini Connections is working on building life skills, Jobs for Youth works on building job skills, and Cabrini Connections and Jobs for Youth together....assists with the overall attainment of careers for any and all that participant in the programs.