Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced last week that the deadline for Chicago youths, ages 14 to 24, to apply for the city’s One Summer Chicago employment opportunities has been extended to May 22 due to high demand.

According to media reports, the mayor has noted that nearly 70,000 young people have applied for the program’s more than 25,000 job and internship opportunities that are available this summer.

According to a May 11 statement, the mayor’s office noted that the jobs and internship program has grown in capacity by more than 70 percent since 2011.

“Overall, more than 75 percent of One Summer Chicago employment opportunities are allocated for youth residing in area defined as high-need, based on poverty and violence rates,” the statement noted.

“To date, more than 100,000 youths from neighborhoods across the city have gained valuable job training and work experience through the City’s burgeoning public-private program.”

The online applications for the six-week summer jobs and internship program are available through May 22, 2016. Click here to apply.