Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is an Evanston-based non-profit that partners with families, schools, and the community to provide academic, social, and emotional support to close the opportunity gap and prepare all youth for post-secondary and life success. Each year, Y.O.U. provides over 1,600 youth across 9 school sites with free, holistic, out-of-school support, including afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, and experiential learning through partnerships. The organization is implementing a new strategic plan focused on data & evaluation of impact, increased integration of services, and refining the program model. Our staff are a diverse collection of passionate individuals, committed to social justice, trauma-informed care, inclusion, equity, and anti-racist ideologies, and helping youth realize their full potential.
Summary of Role
Y.O.U. is looking for an experienced and passionate Youth Worker to join our team! Youth Workers collaborate with site teams to directly mentor youth in the necessary development of academic support, social and emotional learning and life skills through our after school and summer learning programming.
- The Youth Worker will provide support to Y.O.U's Elementary or Middle After School Programs in Evanston or Skokie, IL.
- This is a part time hourly position with a pay rate of $16.00 per hour (maximum of 25 hours per week). Youth Worker’s expected schedules are approximately Monday-Friday, 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
- Bilingual in Spanish, Arabic, or Urdu strongly preferred.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Manages a pod of 15 students through social, emotional, and academic enrichment programs designed to support elementary or middle school students.
- Facilitate daily lessons that focus on literacy skill development, STEM, social-emotional enrichment and healthy relationships.
- Lead daily enrichment groups that focus on art, STEAM, and/or sports and character-building.
- Attend and chaperone weekly field trips.
- Build positive relationships with youth that support their success and well-being.
- Deliver group instruction in a safe and structured environment.
- Supervise youth during program hours in a safe, sensitive, developmentally-appropriate, positive manner.
- Help youth build healthy positive relationships with each other, with adults, and with their families.
- Engage with parents and family members as needed to support the youth.
- Demonstrate professional behavior that supports team efforts and enhances team behavior, performance and productivity.
- Maintain timely and accurate records concerning youth participation and outcomes as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- A minimum of 30 hours of college credit in a related field
- Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (i.e., Sociology, Education, Social Work).
- Experience leading educational curriculum for groups of 10 or more youth.
- A deep passion for working with youth and families.
- A strong sense of teamwork, leadership skills, and project management skills.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse group of team members and youth.
- Personal qualities of integrity, emotional maturity, and credibility; a demonstrated history of using good judgment.
- Must have a valid Driver's License and willing to drive groups of youth as needed.
- At least 1-year previous experience working with groups of elementary and/or middle school aged youth in an afterschool or camp setting
- Experience leading STEM, literacy, sexuality education, and/or social-emotional workshops for elementary and/or middle school aged youth.
- High Emotional and/or Social intelligence
- Attention to detail
- Time Management
- Problem Solving Ability
- Decision Making Skills
- Strong Communication (verbal and written)