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  • 2018

    National Mentoring Month January 2019

    January marks National Mentoring Month across the United States! The annual campaign is aimed at expanding quality mentoring opportunities to connect more of our community's young people with caring adults. Mentors make an impact providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend and engage in school, and reduce or avoid risky behavior.

    Who do you turn to?

    If you are youth looking for someone to help with decisions and life in general, find a mentor today!

    Do you have what it takes to be a mentor?  

    Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor, or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles and share some basic qualities such as:

    • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person;
    • Respect for young people;
    • Active listening skills;
    • Empathy;
    • Ability to see solutions and opportunities; and
    • Flexibility.

    Explore being a mentor or advocate for mentoring by visiting the Mentor Illinois website.

    Spread the word for mentoring!

    Look through the national Campaign Toolkit for ways to promote mentoring. View the National Mentoring Month Kick-off Video and share on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    Also, be sure to check out these Illinois workNet resources and articles on mentoring:

  • 2018

    Illinois workNet Redesign Feedback Webinar

    If you have used Illinois workNet the past several weeks, you may have noticed some changes.  The workNet team has re-designed several different features of the website to allow for an enhanced look and feel across devices (computers and mobile). These updates include new:

    • Sliding menus,
    • News, events, and announcements,
    • Images, icons, and headers,
    • Success Stories display,
    • The latest Illinois workNet social media activity,
    • A new article app,
    • And more!

    As an Illinois workNet user and Workforce/Education Partner, we want your feedback on these changes! We have scheduled a webinar for January 18th where we will provide a live demo of the site changes and ask for your feedback.

    Please register for the Individual and Partner Redesign Feedback Webinar.

  • 2018

    WeWork Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs is now accepting applications

    Bunker Labs and WeWork are accepting applications for the next cohort of WeWork Veterans in Residence Powered by Bunker Labs, starting March 1st!

    About the Program

    WeWork Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs, in its second national tribe and third overall, is now in 15 cities across the U.S. Veterans and military family members should apply to their nearest participating city.

    Applications are now open until January 3, 2019. The next national tribe will launch in March 2019.

    Application Process

    The application takes just a few minutes to fill out and can be accessed here:

     If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact We work here:

  • 2018

    ISBE and ICCB Hold Perkins Listening Sessions

    Join us for a webinar on Dec 18, 2018 at 9:00 AM CST.

    Register Now!

    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will be hosting a webinar to share information on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Reauthorization and to gather feedback on how to strengthen career- connected learning for all students in Illinois for the next 5 years. ISBE and ICCB invites all stakeholders – educators, business, industry, families, community members to participate in learning more about the opportunity for Illinois and providing feedback.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 2018

    ISBE and ICCB Hold Perkins Listening Sessions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) will host a series of regional meetings to present information and gather input on how to strengthen career-connected learning for all students in Illinois. Feedback from business, community, and educational leaders will inform ISBE's five-year plan for career and technical education (CTE) in the state.

    ISBE and ICCB are requesting feedback to improve CTE program development and evaluation so all students graduate with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to thrive in their chosen path after high school. The federal reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act contains opportunities to increase students' industry connections, better align education and workforce systems, strengthen teacher and faculty pipelines, increase success of underserved students, expand dual-credit partnerships, support innovative practices, and broaden the reach and scope of guidance counseling.

    The development of the five-year plan coincides with other statewide efforts, including Illinois' competency-based learning pilot, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation, Postsecondary and Career Expectations framework, college and career pathway diploma endorsements, and multiple-measure definition of college and career readiness for accountability.

    Stakeholders can submit feedback via email to and learn more at

    WHAT: Opportunity for business, industry, community, and educational leaders; students; and families to inform Illinois' five-year plan for career and technical education

    WHO: Hosted by ICCB Director of CTE Whitney Thompson and ISBE Director of Curriculum and Instruction Marci Johnson


    • 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Dec 4. at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 College Parkway, Palos Hills

    • 2:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Dec. 6 at Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield

    • 5-7 p.m., Dec. 10 at Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center, 401 N. 30th Street, Mt. Vernon

    • 5-7 p.m., Dec. 12 at Elgin High School, 1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin

  • 2018

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Observed annually, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  This day is an opportunity to recognize and advocate for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. It is important to be aware of this as there are people with disabilities in all walks of life from politics to the workplace and in our culture.

    This year, the theme is Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality. In order to foster and encourage a welcoming society for all, it is important to recognize that those with disabilities contribute greatly to all aspects of our society and world. Learn more about, endorse, and share the charter for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action at this site.

    Learn more about this event's history, resources, and how you can help today at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities website.

    Be sure to check out the following Illinois workNet resources to help you or someone you know who has a disability: