The Community Watcher is posted on community streets and intersections to provide safe passage for students. Students and families are engaged to increase safety to and from school and to essentially improve student attendance, which may lead to increased academic achievement.
Conduct daily monitoring of streets and intersections around community schools.
Ensure safety of students by identifying potential conflicts and working collaboratively with community resource networks to diffuse situations.
Attend community meetings to represent the program in conversations relevant to student safety.
Support student attendance by encouraging them to attend daily and support their families by ensuring safe passage.
Build relationships with community residents by increasing their awareness of the safe- passage program and engaging them whenever possible.
Act as Mandated Reporter.
Professionalism and Work Conduct:
Behaves with integrity, self-control, demonstrates high ethical standards, and displays a positive image of UCAN and LAMP.
Act in a professional manner at all times and maintains appropriate boundaries with clients.
Demonstrates accountability for results and keeps commitments to others.
Reports to work, meetings, training, and job related activities prepared and as scheduled.
Demonstrates openness and respect for cultural and socioeconomic characteristics of clients and coworkers.
Accepts feedback and ideas from supervisor and other team members as well as being constructive when giving feedback and ideas to others.
Discusses alternative problem solving and is receptive to new ideas and ways of doing things.
Attends regular supervision, team meetings, required training, and other professional workshops to enhance job skills.
Sets annual developmental goals with supervisor to meet learning needs and interests, while also enhancing job performance and skills.
Performs other related tasks as required or assigned.
Education /Job Experience/Certification:
High school diploma or GED preferred but not mandatory
Special Knowledge and Qualifications:
Experience working with at-risk youth preferred.
Experience living or working in at-risk community preferred
Knowledge of North Lawndale Community resources preferred.
Must be at least 21 years of age.
This position requires work off-site and in the community
This position requires evening and weekend work hours
Internal Number: 19:VPS-008
UCAN builds strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Since the Civil War, UCAN has served the most vulnerable children, youth, and families, and has grown over 145 years into a premier social service agency serving over 10,000 individuals annually. UCAN programs address the impact of trauma: with a consistent presence, meaningful programs, and unrivaled organizational diversity and cultural competence. These trauma-informed programs include clinical and counseling services, support for pregnant or parenting teens, foster care placement, a therapeutic youth home, a therapeutic day school, transitional living programs, workforce development, youth leadership development, and violence prevention. At the heart of it all, UCAN’s vision is that youth who have suffered trauma can become our future leaders. UCAN is a consistent and compassionate presence in the lives of those who are most at risk. We start with the premise that communities with challenges possess strengths upon which they can build. From this premise evolves an approach to community support that fosters collaboration with existing neighborhood resources to strengthen communities,... one youth at a time. UCAN’s community efforts provide leadership development, supportive jobs for youth, individual healing, and mentoring. UCAN's founding is rooted in spirituality. In 1869, UCAN was founded by members of St. Pauls United Church of Christ (UCC) to provide a home for orphaned children of Civil War soldiers. The UCC and its predecessors have long advocated for social justice, including the struggle for the abolition of slavery and being the first to ordain African-Americans, women, and openly gay persons as clergy. Diversity is a core UCAN value, reflected in our staff, our minority-led Board of Directors, and our clients. It is vitally important that UCAN counteract the influence of discrimination on our communities, families and youth.