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What is the CTA Second Chance Program?

CTA’s Second Chance program is a nationally recognized program that provides valuable job skills and career opportunities to Chicago residents who often face challenges re-entering the workforce.

The Second Chance program takes a holistic approach to preparing individuals to be self-sufficient. It not only provides jobs to nonviolent ex-offenders, victims of abuse and others who face barriers to employment, but also offers a wide range of training, education, mentoring and networking.

Since 2011, under Mayor Emanuel, the program has doubled in size to become one of the largest re-entry programs in the country. Over the last five years, more than 825 people have participated—gaining experience they might not have received elsewhere. More than 245 Second Chance participants have been hired permanently by CTA, with dozens of others moving on to private-sector jobs.

The program has helped helps hundreds of people turn their lives around, and provide for their families.

 

How to apply

Jobseekers need to actively participate in one of the 14 designated agencies' work readiness programs.  The CTA Second Chance program is in regular communication with the agencies listed below.  The agencies' top participants are referred to CTA for the bus servicer and rail car servicer Second Chance positions. 

Cara Chicago
237 S. Desplaines
Chicago, IL 60661
312-798-3300
www.carachicago.org
 
Community Assistance Programs (CAPs)
11717 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60628
773-568-1782
www.capsinc.org
 
Goodwill Industries of Metropolitan Chicago
6054 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60636
773-627-5752
www.goodwillchicago.com
 
Haymarket Center Family Enrichment Center
McDermott Center
124 North Sangamon Street
Chicago, IL 60607
312-226-7984
www.hcenter.org
 
Howard Area Community Center,
Employment Resource Center
7637 N. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60626
773-262-3515
www.howardarea.org
 
Inner Voice
212 W. Van Buren St., 3rd flr. 
Chicago, IL 60607
312-994-5839
www.innervoicechicago.org
 
North Lawndale Employment Network
U-Turn Permitted Job Readiness Training
3726 W. Flournoy
Chicago, IL 60624
773-638-1825
www.nlen.org
 
Phalanx Family Services
837 W. 119th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
773-291-1086
www.phalanxgrpservices.org
 
A Safe Haven Foundation
2750 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
773-435-8300
www.asafehaven.org
 
Safer Foundation
571 W. Jackson
Chicago, IL 60661
312-922-2200
info@saferfoundation.org
 
Salvation Army
825 N. Christiana Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
312-733-0500
www.centralusa.salvationarmy.org
 
St. Leonard's Ministries
The Michael Barlow Center of St. Leonard's Ministries
2120 W. Warren Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
312-226-6270
www.slministries.org
 
St. Sabina Employment Resource Center
(an outreach arm of St. Sabina Church)  
1210 W. 78th Place
Chicago, IL 60620
773-783-3760
www.saintsabina.org
 
Westside Health Authority
Community Re-Entry & Employment Center
5816 W. Division Street
Chicago, IL 60651
773-786-0226x2100
www.healthauthority.org

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements and qualifications?

How many Second Chance positions are available?

Up to 265 Second Chance participants may be employed by CTA in one calendar year. Start and end dates per Second Chance participant are on a rolling basis.

How long does the program last?

Based on job performance and attendance, a participant may serve for 12 months.

How much does the program pay?

Participants are paid at a rate of $10.50 per hour and may work up to 40 hours per week. Pay checks are issued on a bi-weekly pay period.

Once the referring agency recommends an applicant, what happens?

Once in the program, what are the expectations?

What happens when the participant successfully completes the program?

Who can you call if you have questions?

If you still have questions about this program, you can contact the CTA Second Chance Hotline - 312-681-2293.

 

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