Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
About Our Organization
At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly-trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges facing Chicago’s youth. We meet kids where they are — physically and emotionally — to help them focus on their education, make positive choices, and remain on the right path toward life success. Founded in 1924 today Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs serving more than 8,500 youth while touching the lives of more than 14,000 youth, parents, teachers, and community members.
Position Summary : The Project Prepare Pre-Apprenticeship Career Specialist provides job readiness training, career counseling, and post-secondary support services to in-school youth at James Bowen High School who are participants of the Manufacturing Connect Pre-Apprenticeship program through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
Manufacturing Renaissance operates Manufacturing Connect (MC), a nationally-recognized program that represents best practices in career pathways programming by building networks of private/public partnerships in public education and workforce development. MC creates and expands the linkages between communities, schools, and opportunity in the surrounding manufacturing sector for the benefit of both its participants and local industry.
Youth Guidance is a leading provider of school-based counseling, social-emotional skill development, and job skills training. YG’s Becoming a Man (BAM) and Working on Womanhood (WOW) group-counseling programs are distinguished by their positive impacts on youths’ social-social emotional development, healthy behaviors and academic attainment. Additionally, YG has a youth workforce development program called Project Prepare that specializes in guiding low-income youth as they overcome obstacles to post-secondary training and careers. This focuses on developing 21st Century skills correlated with long-term success in the workforce and placements in internships or job opportunities that place youth on a path towards economic independence.
Bowen High School is the oldest high school in the South Chicago neighborhood. Bowen serves a student body of approximately 330 students, 97% who are low-income, 98% who are African-American or Latino, and 23% who are homeless. Bowen had an average attendance rate of 87% in the 2015/16 school year and has a highly-engaged teaching staff that provide rigorous instruction for students. Last year, Bowen started a manufacturing program for its students, however due to lack of district resources the program has been slow to develop. Bowen has recruited Manufacturing Renaissance and Youth Guidance to support the development of its program such that students are able to access career-track opportunities upon graduation.
Together, our goal is to develop and implement a program based on the Manufacturing Connect program model to ensure that disadvantaged youth at Bowen High School connect to progressive career pathways through a pre-apprenticeship training program focused on manufacturing. Students will be participating in a manufacturing Career Technical Education (CTE) curriculum through Bowen High School and Manufacturing Connect that equips them with training to earn nationally recognized credentials. Students will also have the opportunities for work experiences through manufacturing facility tours, job shadows and internships while in the program. They will receive additional counseling and soft skill career-readiness training through Youth Guidance’s BAM, WOW, and Project Prepare programs.
Contribute to the development and implementation of the Manufacturing Connect Youth Pre-Apprenticeship program in conjunction with James Bowen High School, Youth Guidance (YG), and Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) by assisting with the recruitment and enrollment of program participants.
Assess participant’s job readiness and determine needs, provide career counseling, and assist participant with meeting long and short term employment and educational goals.
Provide individual and group-based career readiness training/workshops.
Help coordinate career orientated field trips, job shadows, internships, and employment opportunities for program participants.
Deliver professional curricula related to job skills and post-secondary education.
Use labor market information and industry trends to help participants assess employment and educational opportunities.
Build relationships and collaborate with community partners, parents, internal and other external stakeholders to support participant’s goals and successful completion of the program.
Coordinate supportive services and provide follow-up services to program participants.
Prepare and maintain case file documentation throughout the duration of youth participation in the program, ensuring that data is entered in an accurate and timely manner.
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree in a human service field from an accredited college/university and a minimum of three years of relevant social service experience. A master’s degree in Social Work or related human service field preferred.
One year of youth engagement experience required
Significant experience in providing job skills training or postsecondary supports to young adults required.
Experience with the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and/or Workforce Investment Act (WIA) contract preferred
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (outlook, word, excel, power point) required
Succinct verbal and written communication skills required
Proven track record of cultivating relationships with youth and the community
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, and occasionally stand, bend, stoop, kneel and crouch.
The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, and viewing a computer terminal.
The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties performed are primarily in a community site. Frequent need for local travel.
Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Youth Guidance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly-trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges facing Chicago’s and Boston's youth. We meet kids where they are — physically and emotionally — to help them focus on their education, make positive choices, ...and remain on the right path toward life success.
Founded in 1924 today Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs serving more than 8,500 youth while touching the lives of more than 14,000 youth, parents, teachers, and community members.