Jobs for Youth:
I am pleased to have an opportunity to work with the Brookfield Zoo as part of my duties as County Commissioner. I am excited to announce that I will be partnering with the zoo this spring on a Youth Summer Employment Initiative. I will be hosting two job fairs in the 1st District to connect youth directly with the more than 1,100 jobs that are available at the zoo starting in May. The first job fair takes place on Saturday March 7 at Austin Town Hall. The second will take place at the Maywood Workforce Development Center in Proviso Township. I look forward to launching what will hopefully be a resource that we can bring to the 1st District Annually!
Promoting Civic Engagement:
The year 2015 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Signature of the Voting Rights Act. Yet our overall voter turnout in local and state elections remains low. This is a matter of great concern to me. As part of a larger effort to promote voting and civic participation, I am sponsoring a student essay contest on the importance of voting. I believe it is critically important for our elected officials- especially our local elected officials- to elevate civic participation in the consciousness of young people. This is a responsibility that I take seriously.