KidsMatter Job Fair

Over 1,500 high school and college students recently filled North Central College’s Residence/Recreation Center to attend the KidsMatter Job Fair.

The Fair aimed to connect students age 14 to 22 with over 60 businesses looking to hire young people for seasonal jobs.

“KidsMatter’s mission is to build resilient young people who say ‘No’ to destructive choices and ‘Yes’ to endless possibilities. This is one of those endless possibilities so that kids can become all they desire to be. To find a job that helps them to grow, to build their self confidence, to empower them so that they can take that next step in their journey,” said IdaLynn Wenhold, Executive Director of KidsMatter.

Those who attended were able to participate in mock interviews, meet potential employers and get lessons in resume building and social media etiquette. After learning practical skills, students were able to put them into action by meeting representatives from the participating businesses.

“It’s all very convenient. I get to see who’s hiring, get to ask them questions. And I like the application station, just getting to go over, fill it out, turn it in,” stated Rachel McMullan, a senior at Neuqua Valley High School.

And it’s not just convenient for the applicants: many businesses returned this year after having success finding new employees through the fair in the past.

The event was partially funded by the DuPage Foundation and other sponsors.

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