Nearly 50% of Chicago’s West side teens never finish high school.
Bring the vision. Keep the hope. Be the change.
About the GWTP Youth Unit and West Town Academy (WTA): Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP)’s Youth Unit primarily consists of the West Town Academy (WTA), a highly effective, state-recognized diploma-granting high school for students who have dropped out of Chicago Public Schools and wish to complete their secondary education. 75% of our youth are African-American, and 25% are Latino. Students range in age from 17-21 years of age. Most GWTP Youth Unit participants and WTA students are from low-income families, and approximately 15% are DCFS wards.
The GWTP Youth Unit plays a critical role in the lives of both our students and their communities. The Youth Unit and the WTA strive to demonstrate highly successful strategies for re-engaging, teaching and graduating our community’s many dropout youth. Additionally, the Youth Unit and WTA serve as a model for civic and government leaders to encourage the creation and expansion of resources and programs that effectively address the needs of our community’s many at-risk and dropout youth.
Position Overview: The Youth Mentor must develop a strong one-to-one relationship with youth taking part in the program, as an advocate, monitor, and as a proactive interventionist. The Youth Mentor will also develop supplemental enrichment programs and deliver high quality services to youth in collaboration with a network of case managers and foster care providers.
1) Develop and maintain a strong professional and supportive relationship with each youth in the program, as an advocate and liaison between the youth, the school community, and the child-welfare community 2) Establish good working relationships and effective lines of communication with all teachers and staff 3) Work closely with teachers to provide a team work approach for student’s emotional and academic needs 4) Establish and maintain good relationships and ongoing communication with DCFS/POS case managers, GALs and foster parents, providing quarterly updates of student performance and standards 5) Maintain student confidentiality and maintain case notes on student activity, unusual incidents, and contacts with all child welfare supports 6) Monitor, record, and report student daily attendance (as required) and update MIS data weekly 7) Assist in the management of the DCFS contract 8) Work closely with school administrators and teachers in the interviewing and selection of all students 9) Work closely with school administrators and teachers in the development of student education/graduation plans, performing and interpreting all student assessments 10) Create and facilitate a curriculum of cultural enrichment goals, objectives and activities. It is essential that this curriculum address student needs as they apply to life skills development, preparations for independence and the transition into adulthood 11) Make home visitations to all students (daily) when they fail to attend school and when the absence is not excused 12) Oversee student daily and closely monitor long-term compliance with the educational/graduation plan
13) Assist with post-secondary activities and placement
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full time, permanent, career position. The salary range is based on certification levels, skills, and experience. The agency benefit package includes health, life, disability insurance, retirement plan, and bonus program.
To Apply:Qualified candidates should submit a detailed cover letter and resume demonstrating how you meet or exceed each minimum qualification and describing generally their relevant special knowledge, skills and abilities. Submit your materials via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the e-mail. If you prefer, you can mail your application materials to us at:
Human Resources West Town Academy 534 N. Sacramento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
Internal Number: 06122018
About GREATER WEST TOWN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to expanding educational and employment opportunities in Chicago’s low-income communities. GWTP is a pro-active and effective advocate for unemployed community residents and at-risk and dropout youth in Chicago’s economically distressed neighborhoods. We provide practical, on-the-ground solutions to our communities’ complex challenges through hands-on vocational skills training, comprehensive job placement, and our West Town Academy Alternative High School that re-enrolls high-school dropouts. For over 25 years, GWTP has successfully linked expanded educational and employment service for community residents to community development initiatives and the needs of small-mid-size local employers. For more information, visit us at www.gwtp.org or www.gwtp.edu.