Urban Juncture Foundation is seeking a motivated, committed, and skilled professional to lead our efforts to engage and connect young adults and youth involved in Bronzeville Cookin' community building initiatives during Summer 2016.
Bronzeville Cookin' is becoming a unique culinary destination at 51st Street and the CTA Green Line in Chicago's historic Bronzeville community. Developed by Urban Juncture, Inc. and Urban Juncture Foundation, this initiative is providing key amenities to community residents and visitors and serving as a catalyst for the revitalization of 51st Street and of the broader Bronzeville community. It includes the Bronzeville Jerk Shack, Bronzeville Incubator, Bronzeville Community Garden and Rooftop Farm, and Bronzeville Bikes, and works closely with related efforts at The Forum and with Bronzeville Forward, a collaborative community safety initiative.
We expect that Bronzeville Cookin' will employ 10-15 young adults (age range 16-24) across its initiatives this summer and engage many other youth who participate in its programs. This employed group will include individuals from the neighborhoods touching 51st Street and further out as well as a range of ages and education levels, with at least a third in the 21-24 year age range and possessing college or equivalent experience. It will include individuals identified through the City of Chicago's One Summer Chicago program and through other channels.
The goal of our summer employment program is to support Bronzeville Cookin' initiatives with motivated team members providing a burst of energy in high season, to engage residents and build community along 51st Street, and to connect the young people involved to longer term opportunities and sponsors.
Responsibilities and Skills Needed
The primary responsibility of the Youth Engagement Leader will be to manage the recruitment and on-boarding process for summer team members, to organize cross-initiative team and community building activities during the summer, and to facilitate identification of long-term opportunities for team members and development of strong professional relationships. In addition, the Youth Engagement Leader will have the opportunity to become involved in all the Bronzeville Cookin' initiatives and participate in their delivery of services to the community.
The Youth Engagement Leader will be a part of the Bronzeville Cookin' leadership team and will work closely with other stakeholders involved with Bronzeville Forward. The role is expected to require approximately 20 hours per week between May 15 and September 15, with possible extension.
Candidates should have several key characteristics:
- Strong written and oral communications skills
- Ability to synthesize new information rapidly and develop effective, data-driven approaches and programs
- Ability to work collaboratively with youth and young adults from different backgrounds and interests in an urban environment
- Committed to inclusive revitalization of the historic Bronzeville.
Strong candidates will combine several years of professional activity, including project management experience, with significant involvement with community activities.
This is a volunteer position with food benefits but no financial compensation.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
300 East 51st Street
Chicago, IL, US 60615
Start and end dates:May 15 - Sept. 15
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:A lot (10+ hours/week)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons
Days of week:Weekdays Weekends