The Springfield Project

Solving Neighborhood Problems
Through Collaborations

Solving Neighborhood Problems
Through Collaboration

Youth Employment

Annually, the Springfield Project (TSP) sponsors a Summer Youth Initiative (SYI) which gives local youth, from 15 to 21 years of age, an opportunity to spend their time off from school in a productive manner by gaining job skills while earning a paycheck.  Since its inception in 2004, over 350 minority youth have been employed as TSP has invested in excess of $300,000 in this initiative. 

TSP has established partnerships with over 40 local businesses including government agencies, private firms, and not-for-profit organizations, which serve as jobsites where youth are assigned to work.

Over a six week period (4-hr work days/ 4 days per week), youth participants are engaged in "earn while you learn" activities to expand their job skills.  Some positions represent administrative support, maintenance, camp counseling, and yard/landscaping projects.

The SYI assists participants in acquiring work experience and leadership development through high value, supervised job placements.  In return, participants learn skills they can carry with them as they move into higher education or directly into the workforce.

 SYI Partners

Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport

Abundant Faith Christian Center


Capital City Courier

City of Springfield, Dept. of Community Relations

City of Springfield, Police Department

City of Springfield, Public Works

Computer Bank of Springfield

Corporation Services Company

Dominican Sisters of Springfield

Franciscan Sisters of Springfield

Girl Scouts of Illinois

Global Printing

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Habitat for Humanity

H.D. Smith

Hanson Professionals

Hilton Hotel

Hope E. Free Church

Illinois State Police

K.N.R. Awards

Lake Town Animal Hospital

Land of Lincoln Girl Scouts

Lincoln Land Community College

Memorial Hospital

Noah’s Ark Child Development Center

Primed For Life Inc.

Sangamon county Dept of Public Health

Springfield Urban League

Springfield Area Home Builders

Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce

Springfield Boys and Girls Club

Springfield College In Illinois Benedictine Unv.

Springfield Housing Authority

Springfield Mass Transit

Springfield Orthopedics Center

Springfield Racquet & Fitness Center

St. John’s Breadline

State of Illinois

Total Essence Beauty Salon

University of Illinois at Springfield

Zimmer Smith & Associates