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100,000 Jobs

CHICAGO, Illinois August 4, 2015 –

COAL supports the efforts of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership as they support a number of national and local companies to hire hundreds of young adults ‘on-the-spot’ on August 13th, as a part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. You too can assist in this endeavor, see below.

COAL supports the National Black Business Month of August and the Black Economics Matter Initiative. We encourage all to Buy Black everyday from August 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015 . See below.


100,000 Opportunities Initiative: Join the Movement
Provide Advice. Share Skills. Make an Impact.

Will you help be a guiding force in connecting Chicago’s future to a promising career pathway?

In just three weeks, thousands of Chicago youth who are not currently in school or work will have the opportunity to interview for jobs with national employers who are looking to hire hundreds of them on-the-spot. We have a short window to ensure that these youth are fully ready to seize this opportunity by preparing them for interviews over the next two weeks. Your help can make a powerful impact on these individuals and directly help them prepare for interviews that could open doors to a new career and a new pathway forward.

We are looking for volunteers to support Professional Development Sessions on either Saturday, August 1 or Saturday, August 8 from 8 AM to NOON at several locations throughout the City.**Please click HERE to sign up as a volunteer for Professional Development Sessions and select your date and desired location.**

The Opportunity

Each of us has the ability to make a positive impact on the lives of young people. Whether we make a lifelong commitment or devote just a few minutes of our day, moments of mentorship are powerful in validating the goals of our youth and exposing them to new possibilities. At this moment, the Chicagoland area has more than 150,000 young adults between the ages of 18-24 that are out of work and not in school. We refer to this population as “Opportunity Youth.”

The determination to empower and transform the lives of Opportunity Youth is at the core of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an unprecedented movement launched by Starbucks and a coalition of employers and community organizations to help place young people into promising career pathways. On Thursday, August 13th the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative will launch its first Opportunity Fair & Forum here in Chicago. At this event there will be onsite interviewing and hiring, a resource fair, and a number of guest speakers and activities to help young people access opportunity.

Join The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, LeadersUp and other organizations providing leadership and support to help young people get ready for this life-changing day. A few moments of your time assisting with mock interviews, resume review exercises, online application assistance, interview scheduling, and much more can make a significant impact!

For any questions, comments, or additional considerations, please do not hesitate to reach out to[email protected].           100K Opportunities Flyer

Black Economics Matter
Buy Black Every Day August 1, 2015 – August 31, 2015


House Resolution HR0608, submitted by State Representative LaShawn K. Ford (8th District) recognizes the late Rev. Dr. Webb Evans (11/20/1913 – 02/23/2015), “Mr. Buy Black”, founder of United American Progress Association (1961), acknowledging his belief and work on economic progress for our community, as well as his contributions supporting the National Black Business Month of August. HR0608 resolves that the 99th General Assembly designates the month of August in 2015 as Buy Black, Love Black and Give Black in the State of Illinois…In support of this resolution and recognizing the importance of building our community’s business sector, as well as their belief in self-determination, a number of community organizations are working together to promote a Black Economics Matter Initiative, the goal of which is to get as many individuals as possible to make a purchase from a black-owned establishment each day for thirty-one (31) days straight, August 1st through August 31st.

In addition to traditional purchases such as visiting a black-owned restaurant or buying from a black-owned retail store, ‘buying black’ also includes activities such as opening an account in a black-owned financial institution, donating to a black-founded or run NPO, hiring black tradesmen and consultants, visiting a black doctor, subscribing to a black-owned newspaper or online blog, investing with a black-managed publicly traded firm, donating to a black political action committee, commissioning a painting from a black artist, visiting a black cultural institution or event, etc.   HR0608   Black Economics Matter Document 

Click here for other articles and a full copy of COAL News – August 2015 1.0.

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