Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
This position provides academic support and enrichment out-of-school time activities for teens ages 13-18. The Teen Youth Worker will plan, develop and implement enriching, age-appropriate activities that support the cognitive and social-emotional development of the attendees. The Youth Worker will help students acquire effective study and work skills as well as assist students through a college readiness curriculum and college visits. In addition, this positon leads the agency’s participation in the FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge and ensures competitive participation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Identifies appropriate STEAM education resources and under the guidance of the Education Specialist, implements program curricula as well as other enrichment and academic supports such as literacy, robotics, arts, mentoring, service learning, life skills, and sports and recreation. Ensure that students at various grade and skill levels are challenged appropriately.
Engages students in FIRST Robotics challenge, leveraging local volunteer support and fielding a competitive team. Oversees all aspects of FIRST Robotics project.
Plans and leads appropriate field trips, support planning and implementation of college visits, family events, and parent meetings.
Provides regular written and oral reports on program as assigned.
Ensure enrollment data into ETO database for Building Leaders is entered and accurate under guidance of Youth Programs Manager.
Ensure families and/or participants from ETO database for BL is entered or terminated under guidance of Youth Programs Manager.
Complete assessments as needed for youth, to include SAYO and SDQ.
Conduct and record accurate daily attendance of program participants.
Complete meal sheets on a daily basis and ensure they are correct.
Support post-secondary exploration during after-school programming and help students explore college, career and vocational school options.
Contribute to the development and maintenance of a safe, organized and positive learning environment in all program spaces.
Serve as a resource and role model to students and provide safe spaces for them to discuss issues facing their lives, support students in their social-emotional development.
Collects required programmatic data on an ongoing basis and maintains accurate records of student performance.
Assist students with completion of daily homework and supports development of positive study skills.
Adhere to DCFS Licensing Standards at all times and notifies supervisor of any potential licensing violations.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree in education, social work, or related field, preferred.
Previous out-of-school time program experience preferred.
Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
Previous direct classroom or family support experience with low-income families.
Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural Spanish/English preferred.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Must have a valid Driver’s License, access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel locally.
Entry Salary Range: $13.00 per hour
Schedule: 25 hours per week/ school year, some weekends
Location: 1919 W. Cullerton
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail.
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.