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Urban Life Skills Mentor/Coach

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New Life Centers of Chicagoland | Chicago, IL
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New Life Centers of Chicagoland


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Published 14 days ago

Salary

$15-$17/hr


The Mentor will work in New Life Centers of Chicagoland’s Urban Life Skills Program, under the direct supervision of the Sports-Based Mentoring Director. 


The Urban Life Skills Program (ULS) is an intensive, community-based mentoring program for youth in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. There are two target demographics of the ULS program: gang-involved youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows ULS to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision Little Village’s youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.


Position Summary

The Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (Non-Exempt), $15-$17/hr. The mentor is responsible for youth one on one and group mentoring and advocacy, sports coordination, as well as high-quality program facilitation during after-school hours. The mentor demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.   


Job Responsibilities:

·      Hosts participant information sessions in collaboration with other staff, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of ULS participants

·      With ULS team, plans and implements outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed

·      Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system

·      Implements and monitors progress of youth case plans, goals and objectives

·      Administer intake and youth assessments, and assist in ensuring accuracy and completeness of youth files

·      Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested by Leadership

·      Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment)

·      Assists in weekly planning and program facilitation and youth social activities/outings; (Including In-School small groups, Neighborhood sports leagues, Summer sports/activities nights, Softball, etc.)

·      Maintains and documents required quantity/quality of contacts with all youth as requested by Supervisor

·      Communicates with key ULS staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure the youth’s needs are addressed

Other Duties as Assigned

·      Attend mandatory weekly and Quarterly staff meetings

·      Attend required trainings as necessary


Required Qualifications:

·     Must become a Mandated Reporter

·     Must pass a background check

·     One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth

·     Cross-cultural competency

·     Knowledge of the challenges and needs of adjudicated gang-involved and/or at-risk youth; Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to juvenile delinquency and maladjustment

·     Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

·     Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties

·     Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information

·     Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

·     Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally

·     Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible

·     Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check



Desired Qualifications:

·     Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field

·     Familiarity with the Juvenile Justice System

·     Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings

·     Experience or training in Crisis Intervention



The Mentor will work in New Life Centers of Chicagoland’s Urban Life Skills Program, under the direct supervision of the Sports-Based Mentoring Director. 


The Urban Life Skills Program (ULS) is an intensive, community-based mentoring…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Entry level

Benefits

Benefits Available

Benefits Available

Level of Language Proficiency

English; Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

English; Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Irene Vasquez at IreneV@newlifechicago.org:

·      Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

·      Resume

·      List of two to three references with contact information (min 2 professional references, email and phone included)


Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, "Mentor/Coach" in the subject line of your email.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Irene Vasquez at IreneV@newlifechicago.org:

·      Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

·      Resume…

Location

2657 S. Lawndale, Chicago, IL 60623
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