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University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County

Cook County
8751 S. Greenwood Avenue, Suites 112-122
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: 773-768-7779
FAX: 773-768-4818
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

1114 N. Arlington Heights Road
Suite 201
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: 847-201-4176
FAX: 847-201-4175
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cook County
1140 N. Lamon
Floor 2
Chicago, IL 60651
Phone: 773-287-8333
FAX: 773-287-8335
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cook County
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Cook County
Enterprise Center
2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501
Westchester, IL 60154
Phone: 708-449-4320
FAX: 708-492-1805
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4 pm

Cook County
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-233-2900
FAX: 773-233-9183
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Cook County
9415 South Western Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 773-651-4011
FAX: 773-651-4047
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Community and Economic Development

Community and Economic Development


Your Child's Future Teach Them Good Leadership Skills Now

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" This is a standard question that our children are asked as soon as they start school. So, how should a child prepare for a successful career journey? Teach these leadership skills that he or she can use now and in the future.

  1. Teach your child to organize, plan and set goals. Allowing them to plan a time schedule for work and play; give them an allowance and help them to plan and budget personal expenses; teach them to organize their bedroom and play areas.
  2. Teach your child to be inquisitive. Encourage them to lookup answers to questions in books or the internet; ask them to give verbal and written feedback on situations that take place in the home.
  3. Teach your child to be a team player. Make an atmosphere in your home that encourages family goals; encourage them to participate in sports teams or clubs. Expose them to other cultures and groups by attending events sponsored by other cultures.
  4. Teach your child about different careers. Bring them to work with you on occasion. Expand their awareness of equipment and responsibilities applicable to different jobs. Provide positive opportunities if they show interest in particular skills; being aware that these interests will evolve as they mature.
  5. Teach your child the importance of etiquette. Practice with them simple courtesy actions such as being on time, how to shake hands, how to make introductions, and appropriate dress codes.

University of Illinois Extension has the following on-line programs:

Looking Your Best for Work has information on proper clothing choices, grooming, interview tips, positive body language and presentation skills.

Let's Party provides tips for having safe, drug free parties for 5th-8th graders.

Leadership Development Through Community Action is a multifaceted service learning curriculum designed to address the complex learning goals for youth. This curriculum is for use by teachers and youth leaders.