Interested in making a difference in the lives of youth? Looking for professional development opportunities? Have you considered ways to close the opportunity gap for youth?
Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 11 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships. This is an exciting time of transformation for the organization, following a three-year $16.4M capital campaign that expanded programs, launched an endowment, and funded a new headquarters facility. The organization is implementing a new strategic plan focused on data & evaluation of impact, increased integration of services, and refining the program model. Our staff are a diverse collection of passionate individuals, committed to social justice, trauma-informed care, inclusion and equity, and helping youth realize their full potential.
Full-Time Youth Worker:
Y.O.U. is looking for an experienced and passionate Full-Time Youth Worker to join our middle school team! Youth Workers collaborate with site teams to directly mentor youth in the necessary development of academic support, social and emotional learning and life skills through Out-of-School Time programming.
The Full-Time Youth Worker will provide support to Y.O.U's Out of School Time Programs in Evanston.
Implement and support activities that focus on relationship building, social-emotional enrichment, life skill development, and academic assistance.
Build positive relationships with youth that support their success and well-being.
Lead workshops on social-emotional enrichment and project based learning.
Deliver group instruction and homework help in a safe and structured environment.
Help youth build healthy positive relationships with each other, with adults, and with their families.
Engage with parents and family members as needed to support the youth.
Demonstrate professional behavior that supports team efforts and enhances team behavior, performance and productivity.
Assist in social-emotional data collection to track youth development and program outcomes
Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work with diverse populations.
At least 1 year previous experience working with elementary to middle school aged youth.
A youth development orientation, strong sense of teamwork, leadership skills, and project management skills.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse group of team members and youth.
Personal qualities of integrity, emotional maturity, and credibility; a demonstrated history of using good judgment.
Bachelor's degree in or enrolled in school for relevant field (i.e., Sociology, Education, Social Work).
Must have a valid Driver's License and willing to drive groups of youth as needed.
Additional Salary Information: Full time with some weekend and evening hours.
Ongoing training in youth development (facilitation, curriculum development, positive behavior supports, equity and inclusion practices)
Professional Development budget for external training
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
Vacation, Sick and Holiday Leave
401K option and FSA/Pre Tax Transit Option
About Youth & Opportunity United
Potential is universal, but opportunity is not. Y.O.U. works to ensure every young person has the opportunity to succeed. We partner with families, schools and community to provide academic, social and emotional support where it is most needed, closing the gap between youth and opportunity