December 30, 2014

Mayor Emanuel’s Office, Chicago Park District To Hold Success Fair For Youth, Teens

Soldier Field to host event offering career opportunities, workshops, teen programming available in parks

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

Tomorrow at Soldier Field’s United Club, the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and the Coca-Cola Company will host the 2014 Youth Success Fair for teens and young adults aged 13-24. This free event will offer information on ways for young people to become involved in their local park, including summer employment, volunteerism and teen leadership programs.

“The Park District offers so much more than recreational opportunities that help keep our kids active and healthy,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This event will help young people learn about the Park District employment, volunteer and leadership opportunities that can help youth develop life skills and achieve success.”

The event will feature booths offering information about Park District employment opportunities, educational opportunities from colleges and universities that offer in the field of parks and recreation, and a teen lounge featuring information about teen-based park programming. Workshops focusing on money management, resume writing, and mock interviews will also be offered.

“This event reaches out to the future leaders of our city, and the Chicago Park District is proud to make those resources and tools available, said Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly. “It’s a free event that is open to all, putting our youth on the path to success.”

The 2014 Success Fair will also feature a fashion event showcasing appropriate work attire moderated by WGCI radio personality Demi Lobo. Registration is available online at, or in person at the event. The event will be held tomorrow, December 30 from 11 am – 4 pm Presentations will be divided across two sessions: the first from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, the second from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Attendees should enter in Gate 6, and a drop-off only ADA accessible entrance is located at Gate 14. Free parking is available at Waldron.

The 2014 Youth Success Fair is just one example of the Park District’s efforts to offer programming for teens and young adults. The Park District features hundreds of programs each year that are targeted to teens, including teen clubs and teen advisory councils at local parks.

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The Chicago Park District is the 2014 Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,200 acres of parkland, 585 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 natural areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312.742.PLAY or 312.747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling 312.742.PLAY.