• 15th Anniversary Video

    North Lawndale Employment Network thanks you for your support on our 15th anniversary. Please enjoy this short video from P3 media for an inside look in how NLEN was formed and how we've grownt o meet the needs of the community over the years.

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  • Forrest Claypool

    Creating a Community That Works Employer Award Recipient, 2015
    NLEN is proud to honor Forrest Claypool, President of the Chicago Transit Authority, with one of our 2015 Creating a Community that Works Employer Awards. The CTA's Second Chance program has put more than 100 returning citizens back to work and serves as a model for employers nationwide. Click below to learn more from a video by P3 media. Read More

  • FOC Video Feature

    Learn more about NLEN's Financial Opportunity Center (formerly Center for Working Families) programming in this new video by p3 media Read More

  • Jakacki Bag & Barrel

    Creating a Community that Works Award Recipient, 2015
    Learn about how the hiring partnership between North Lawndale Employment Network and Jakacki Bag & Barrel has helped put returning citizens back to work and bolster a small business on the West Side in this short video by P3 media.

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Our Mission

The North Lawndale Employment Network’s mission is to improve the earnings potential of the North Lawndale community through innovative employment initiatives that lead to economic advancement and an improved quality of life for residents.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to work! More importantly, we also believe that our community flourishes when good jobs give residents both paychecks and self-worth.

We help unemployed and underemployed people in the North Lawndale neighborhood and beyond prepare for, find, and succeed at their jobs. Our clients are motivated, trained, equipped, and ready to work—qualities that employers value. We offer donors the chance to invest in an organization with a stellar track record of changing individual lives and improving the community’s quality of life, one person at a time, one job at a time.



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