Summer Youth Worker

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Published 21 days ago

Organizational Background:

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 11 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 Full Time Youth Worker to join our team for Summer 2021! 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 summer learning programs.

  • The Youth Worker will provide support to Y.O.U.'s Elementary and Middle School Summer Learning Programs in Evanston or Skokie, IL. 
  • This is an hourly position with a pay rate of $16.00 per hour that starts on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
  • Training is required and will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Youth Workers will be paid on an hourly basis for their attendance from 8:30am-4:30pm daily. Lunch is included.  
  • Y.O.U. Summer Programs will begin on a rolling basis during June:
  • Evanston D65 & Skokie D68: Tuesday, 6, 2021 -  Friday, July 30, 2021. 
  • Skokie D69 & Evanston D202: Monday, June 14, 2021 - Friday,  July 30, 2021. 
  • Youth worker hours across all sites and age-levels during this time are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (40 hours a week). 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manages a pod of 15 students through social, emotional, and academic enrichment programs designed to support elementary and/or middle school students.
  • Facilitate daily lessons that focus on literacy skill development, STEM, social-emotional enrichment and healthy relationships (Middle School Only).
  • 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

Preferred Education

  • 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.

Preferred Experience

  • 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

 Preferred Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving Ability
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Strong Communication (verbal and written)

Organizational Background:

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 2, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 7, 2021


1911 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA

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