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Teen Employment Services


MELD provides programs for young mothers and fathers (through 21 years of age) and their children through our MELD Moms & MELD Dads parenting and support groups. The groups meet weekly at local churches and in local high schools. Volunteers provide childcare and healthy snacks to ensure that these families are able to take advantage of our services. Families come together to discuss parenting issues and to share ideas with each other. Life skills, job skills training, GED tutoring and assistance in completing education, career planning and guidance, pre-employment workshops, and employment opportunities and job placement services provided in addition to parenting information and support/resources services. Also provides Transitional Living Program and an emergency shelter known as Trinity House (see separate entries).

  • 3703 N. Main St. #107
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-633-6353
  • Fax: 815-633-8709


Rock River Training Corporation

Rock River Training Corporation provides opportunities for young people between ages 14-21 in Boone and Winnebago Counties to complete their education and train in areas that help build a foundation to enhance their future.
Youth Programs for in-school youth help youth stay in school by providing tutoring, counseling, mentoring, career exploration, work experiences, and overall support. The expectations of the workplace permeate the programs which, in cooperation with the youths’ schools, prepare youth to enter additional education/training after high school and/or full-time jobs. Youth may be in a program from several years. Programs for youth who have dropped out of school emphasize the youth’s return to school or obtaining a GED as a basic step on their road to self-sufficiency. Programs provide basic skills/GED instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, career exploration, and work experience. The programs keep in contact with youth who leave the programs for at least a year.

  • 303 N. Main Street
    Rockford, IL 61103
  • Phone: 815-847-7574

Workforce Connection


A partnership of state and federally funded employment and training programs, economic development agencies and educational entities committed to providing a workforce that meets the needs of our business community. Includes Rock River Training Corporation and the Rock Valley College Dislocated Worker Program, provides one contact for employers to find workers and for job-seekers to receive training, education, and employment services.


  • Job Hotline: 815-395-6608
  • 303 N Main Street
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-395-6600


  • 998 Belvidere Road
    Belvidere, IL 61008
  • Phone: 815-547-9616

Also with Youth Programs.

View brochure.


Provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 17-24 who are Rockford, IL residents.

  • 917 S. Main Street
    Rockford, IL 61101
  • Phone: 815-963-6236