Engage youth and establish trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward helping them think about short and long-term employment goals, work readiness skills, strengths, barriers, and other factors that relate to a current employment goal.
Assist youth as needed with collection of work documents (birth certificate, social security card, and photo ID).
Provide follow up case management to assist youth in employment retention and advancement.
Research Chicago-area technology apprenticeship programs and conduct a series of observations to gain insight on best practices, learn from facilitators and participants, and lay the groundwork for an IT apprenticeship that will serve youth between the ages of 18 – 25
Work with technology and workforce development industry employers to design a new training and employment model that reflects current standards in the IT industry as identified by youth feedback and consideration of important factors such as: cohort size, industry-standard accreditations, integrating wraparound services and case management, appropriate training and apprenticeship timeline, and post-program responsibilities for program alumni.
Design a program that provides invaluable workforce development in a production-centered, networked environment in order to develop the necessary confidence, connections, and knowledge to flourish in a career path projected to remain in high-demand as the career landscape evolves
Recruit and hire three youth researchers, ages 16 to 21, who will be engaged in reflecting on the challenge of designing this program, participate in visiting other program, and share their insights and creativity throughout the process
Previous experience within Youth Development, Workforce Development
Knowledge of youth employment, workforce development programming and national trends highly preferred
Strong interest or experience in program design
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with internal/external partners
Knowledge of Microsoft 365, Salesforce, QuickBooks software and support
Interest and commitment to working in a community-based youth service agency
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred, but not required
Additional Salary Information: Benefit program provided
Internal Number: 7735067474
About Alternatives, Inc
Alternatives, Inc. is a 47 year old non-profit, community-based youth and family agency whose mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives, Inc. is known for its innovative work with young people in providing behavioral health and youth development programs in Chicago. Alternatives has a long history of partnerships to make services accessible to youth and to include expertise beyond the scope or modality needed by young people. Our agency’s mission reflects a commitment to systematic change through work with individuals, families, and communities.