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NLEN Expansion and Renovation Update

Dear program participants and friends,

We are on the move! We are excited to announce that in October, the North Lawndale Employment Network will be expanding to a second location to increase our capacity to serve more people and do more for our community.

Our Resource Room is currently closed until further notice. Please excuse the interruption in services while we beautify our facility. To access computer, fax machines, or internet during this time, please visit one of the following locations:

  • Legler Library – 116 South Pulaski Road
  • Daley Libery – 733 North Kedzie Ave
  • Douglass Library – 3353 West 13th St

We are in the process of renovating our current location at 3726 W. Flournoy St., which will continue to be home to all of our workforce training and certification programs and has been our steadfast base of operations for the past ten years. Our Flournoy location will house our flagship and nationally recognized U-Turn Permitted job readiness program; Moving Forward, our diesel mechanic customized skills training program; one-on-one job coaching; and our award-winning social enterprise, Sweet Beginnings, LLC., which will have greater production space for our raw beelove ™ honey and skin care products.

The Nichols Tower, located at 906 S. Homan, will be home to our Financial Opportunity Center (formerly known as the Center for Working Families), where we offer financial coaching, credit building, budget planning, access to banking products, computer classes designed for beginners and for those with more advanced skills, and LIHEAP and other income supports.  Our executive and administrative offices will also be relocating to the Nichols Tower.

Thank you for your patience with us during this exciting transitional period over the next 30 days. We promise that once the dust settles, you will be pleased with our new and upgraded locations and our improved services. During this transition, it will be best to reach us by email, but you are welcome to leave a message at (773)-638-1825. We will be picking up messages every day!

Staff and Board of Directors

North Lawndale Employment Network


North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council Community Planning Kick-Off


Chicago Gets a Raise

From the City of Chicago:

In December 2014, the City of Chicago City Council passed Mayor Emanuel’s ordinance to raise the minimum wage for all Chicago workers to $13 per hour by 2019. The ordinance raises the minimum wage in steps, beginning with an increase to a $10 per hour minimum wage on July 1, 2015. The minimum wage increases to $10.50 in 2016, $11 in 2017, $12 in 2018, and $13 in 2019. Over five years, it will increase the earnings for approximately 410,000 Chicago workers, inject $860 million into the local economy, and lift 70,000 workers out of poverty.

As a city, we must all continue to do our part to ensure that workers understand their rights and business owners understand their responsibilities in implementing this important law so that every hard working resident in the city of Chicago has a chance to succeed.

The ordinance requires all employers to pay the new minimum wage of $10 per hour for all employees beginning July 1st, subject to certain limitations.  All businesses operating within Chicago and/or employing persons working within Chicago are required to comply.  In addition, employers are required to post the attached Notice to Employers and Employees in each place of business beginning July 1st and include the Notice in each employee’s first paycheck following the July 1st implementation date.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, The Illinois Department of Labor and the Federal Department of Labor will co-host a workshop on the increase in the city’s minimum wage on Wednesday, July 8th from 3:00PM to 4:30PM at City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 805.  For additional information that was revised on June 30, 2015, please contact 311 or visit the City of Chicago Minimum Wage website at

For complaints, call: 311

For additional information:

NLEN and Moving Forward Featured by JPMorgan Chase

North Lawndale Employment Network and our Moving Forward program were recently featured in JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s “Growing Skills for a Growing Chicago” report. The report outlines key needs and recommendations in strengthening middle-skills workforce and equipping Chicago residents to meet employer needs.  As part of JPMorgan Chase’s $250 million investment in workforce development systems, the report identifies key employment pathways in the Healthcare and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics sectors.

Click here to read the full report.

NLEN Awarded $100,000 Impact 100 Chicago Grant



Publicity Chair: Barbara Melcher

Phone: 773-742-7212




Impact 100 Chicago Awards $330,000 to Chicago-Area Nonprofits

Women’s philanthropy supports youth media, employment training and mental health organizations

 CHICAGO May 21, 2015 – The City Chapter of Impact 100 Chicago, a philanthropic women’s organizations, awarded three $100,000 Impact Grants and three $10,000 Merit Grants to Chicago-area nonprofits at their annual Grant Awards Celebration on May 19.

Winners of the $100,000 Impact Grants, voted on by members after presentations from the six finalists included:

  • Free Spirit Media,, providing hands-on training in media production to under-served youth;
  • North Lawndale Employment Network,, providing job training and access to financial literacy to unemployed and underemployed in North Lawndale; and,
  • Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center,, providing mental services to those in need regardless of ability to pay.

Merit Grants of $10,000 each were awarded to:

  • Mikva Challenge,, encouraging youth participation in civic and political life;
  • Refugee One,, resettling refugees in the Chicago area; and,
  • Storycatchers Theatre,, providing writing, producing and performing opportunities for youth.

“With state and city budgets stressed, Chicagoland nonprofits need us now more than ever” said Chicago Chapter President Allison Bacon. The Impact 100 Chicago grants this year bring to $1.3 million the total amount granted since 2010. More than 355 people attended the annual Awards Celebration dinner held at Galleria Marchetti. The Suburban Chapter of Impact 100 will hold its Grant Awards Celebration on June 2 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights. A $100,000 Impact grant will be awarded plus four $18,000 Merit Grants.

About Impact 100 Chicago: Impact 100 Chicago,, is a 501 (c)(3) women’s philanthropic nonprofit with members from all over the Chicago area comprising two chapters, the City Chapter and the Suburban Chapter. To date, it has awarded over $1.3 million in transformational grants to worthy Chicago nonprofits. Women join by making a donation of $1,000 for the grant year. Each chapter pools its funds to award Impact Grants of $100,000 to nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area. In the fall, nonprofits submit a letter of inquiry. The applications are thoroughly reviewed by members, and the finalists are selected.