- States: Illinois, Tennessee
- Eligibility: Adults, ages 18-24, who have had any prior involvement with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system
- Contact Info: Illinois: 618.997.5336 (ext. 7783); Tennessee: 615.714.9240
- Counties Offered: Illinois - Jackson, St. Clair; Tennessee – Davidson
Career Connect is a set of free evidence-based, employment-focused services and wraparound supports designed specifically for young adults, ages 18 to 24, who have had any form of involvement with the criminal justice system. Utilizing a Career Pathways approach, participants will learn new work skills, obtain certifications or degrees and develop opportunities for lifelong careers.
- Job readiness skills development and training
- Individualized career planning
- Rapid job search and placement
- Linkage to appropriate certification or degree programs
- Case management
- Peer support and mentoring
Goals for Participants:
- Steady employment and a long-term career track
- Maintain a permanent residence and financial stability
- Access any needed physical, mental or behavioral health services
- Be a productive member of the workforce and community
- Referral to social supports – linking you to any other resources or services you may need such as housing, employment, legal, peer support, etc.
Who is Eligible?
These services are available to young adults, ages 18-24, living in select areas of Illinois and Tennessee, who have had any prior involvement with the juvenile or adult criminal justice system (such as arrest, jail, detention or probation). Individuals living in the highlighted areas of the maps below are eligible for services under a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration which finances 100% of this project.
Career Connect Service Area – Carbondale, IL
Career Connect Service Area – East St. Louis, IL
Career Connect Service Area – Nashville, TN
To sign up for these free services or to make a referral, contact: