Youth Employment Services

The Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities’ Youth Employment Program is aimed at proactively combating the high unemployment rate of working-age individuals with disabilities.

Together with public and private sector partners, MOPD gives students with disabilities the tools they need to gain future employment through career exploration opportunities and internships.

Our year-long programs include:

  • CPS/MOPD F.A.I.R. Event (Fall)
  • Job Shadow Day (Spring)
  • One Summer Chicago (Summer)


Job Shadow Day Program

Groundhog Job Shadow day (GJSD) is the second step in MOPD’s Youth Employment Program for students with disabilities. GJSD is a national event that is coordinated locally by MOPD and the Chicago Public Schools.

One Summer Chicago

One Summer Chicago (OSC) connects young people to summer jobs, internships and training programs being offered throughout the City. Through OSC, young adults have the opportunity to learn job skills, develop their resumes and explore career interests.

Parent Expo

The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) invite you to attend the Parent Empowerment EXPO͘. This important event is a special education and disability resource fair for parents, family members and caregivers of Chicago Public Schools students, ages 3-21, receiving special education services͘.

Transition Fair

Disability Mentoring Day is the first step in the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities' year-long Youth Employment Program.

If you are an employer or business looking to give students with disabilities work experience through job shadowing and/or internships, please contact us at:

312.744.4602 (Voice) or email:

312.744.3314 (Fax)

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