Advocacy/Lobbying, Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training
2 Year Degree
Helen R. Weigle Fellowship
Voices for Illinois Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit child advocacy organization that works to build better lives for children and families across the state. For over 30 years, Voices has helped parents, community leaders, and policymakers understand and respond to the issues facing children and families. Voices focuses on policy, data research and analysis, coalition building, leadership on statewide committees, creating and disseminating reports and information on early childhood, state fiscal policy, children’s physical and mental health, family economic security, and family and community issues.
With the support of the Helen R. Weigle family, Voices for Illinois Children has sponsored the Helen R. Weigle Fellowship. Helen R. Weigle was a founding board member of Voices for Illinois Children and had an unswerving passion and commitment to early childhood issues. Voices’ seeks a graduate student, who embodies Helen Weigle’s passion and commitment to the core beliefs and principles of early childhood policy and advocacy.
This year the Weigle Fellowship will concentrate on public systems that impact families and communities, pre-natal through early childhood. The Fellow will use a race equity lens to focus their work on policies that shape the outcomes of young children and their families. A product of the fellowship will be a literature review, data collection and interviews to inform a research paper on the implications of race and class on state policies and system’s and the outcomes for Illinois’ infants, young children and families. In addition, the Fellow will support and participate in the work of the Early Learning Council, sub-committees on Integration and Alignment and All Families Served, Voices’ Leadership Committees and the P-20 Councils’ Family and Community Engagement sub-committee.
Terms of the Fellowship:
Able to commit to 16 hours a week for four months (Spring, 2018 – Summer, 2018) Paid stipend
How to Apply
This position is open for online applications.
Please submit cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and a 3-4-page writing sample.
Mandatory Job Qualifications
College student, with a concentration preferably in education, public health or social policy, nursing, psychology, social work or a related field
Excellent written and oral skills, including experience in research, data collection and analysis
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
Strong computer skills including EXCEL, Word and PowerPoint
Familiarity with or strong interest in young children’s policy.
About Voices for Illinois Children
Voices for Illinois Children is an independent, non-partisan advocate for responsible public investment and policies that give Illinois children and families the resources they need to live healthy and stable lives.