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Opportunity Matters is an ambitious and exciting new program targeting the youth in Will County. The goal is to create the next generation of leaders through programs encompassing mentorship, academics, health, wellness, careers and economic development.
“The values that kids learn and practice between the ages of 10-19 are what will shape them as adults,” stated Mayor John Noak. “If we can build a strong foundation for them to establish good character, a healthy lifestyle, and insight into the workplace, we will have accomplished our goal.”
Opportunity Matters will present programs on character, diversity, sports and recreation, youth obesity and nutrition, job training, and more during its first two years. In years 3-5, they will target career development, web based technical training, college readiness, in addition to other topics.
The key to success lies in the community. The program hopes to partner with non-profits, religious organizations, local businesses, other local jurisdictions and education organizations. If you are an organization that would like to lend a hand to the program, please contact Noel Maldonado at firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth looking to enroll in the program can contact Marc Howard at email@example.com.