Applying our model of positive youth development, BUILD seeks to redirect harmful behaviors in order to improve the chances for young people to lead fulfilling lives and increase the stability and safety of the communities in which they reside. The Prevention Specialist will work in schools and after-school sites with at-hope youth with identified behavioral issues typically from 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. M-F. Depending on the school, Friday start time may begin as early as 10 a.m. for administrative tasks and professional development opportunities. BUILD is seeking candidates who are available to work full-time during peek program season including, winter, spring and summer camp. Dates will be available prior to first interview. The Prevention Specialist works with the youth in one-to-one and group settings so that youth develop life skills such as: decision-making, goal setting, conflict resolution, as well as continue their education and career potentials. The Specialist will work with at-risk youth to identify issues, seek solutions and mediate disputes, while applying Restorative Justice practices as alternatives to traditional disciplinary consequences. The Prevention Specialist will report to the Site Coordinator with the support of the Prevention Manager as needed.
Youth Work/Youth Development
Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
Manage youth behavior by establishing guidelines, expectations, mutual respect and mutual accountability.
Identify and recruit participants for core group; generate and maintain intakes and assessments for each core group member.
Provide in-school and after-school tutoring and mentoring services.
Provide life-skills and health awareness workshops.
Operate professionally in the field on a flexible time schedule, which includes late evenings and weekends.
Collaborate with other programs within agency.
Exemplify the mission, vision and values of the agency.
Documentation and Compliance:
Recruit and maintain a caseload for core group of youth.
Collect baseline and year-end data on academic, interpersonal and social behaviors.
Submit lesson plans, statistics and reports to the Program Manager on a bi-weekly basis and/or as needed.
Maintain information database (ETO) and filing system that tracks program activities and participant records.
Communication and Relationship Management:
Encourage family relationships and positive interaction through Family Nights, Family Fridays and other meetings and events.
Maintain relationships with various partners including, but not limited to, schools, government agencies and community based organizations.
Represent the agency to various publics to broaden community awareness and support.
Attends departmental and agency-wide staff meetings, as scheduled and agency-wide events, as required.
Maintains knowledge current in the field including but not limited to, participation in coursework, seminars and workshops.
Maintains knowledge current on agency’s theories, methodologies and best practices.
Participate in agency-wide fundraising events
Participates in agency wide fundraising events.
Encourages participant/community participation in agency wide fundraising events.
Qualifications and Skills
Associates Degree in Social Services, Human Services, Education, Art Education, correlated field experience required.
A minimum of 2 years experience working with youth required, preferably with youth who experience complex trauma, in an after school setting.
Ability to plan, implement and document lesson and workshop plans.
Familiarity with social-emotional learning, restorative justice, and trauma-informed approaches to youth development preferred, but not required.
Must be available to work Monday through Thursday, from 1 PM until 6:30 PM, and Friday's, from 10 AM until 2 PM
Familiarity with social-emotional learning, restorative justice, and trauma informed approaches to youth development preferred, but not required.
Must be driven to succeed, proactive, innovative, responsible, assertive and possess integrity and the ability to motivate others.
Maintain respectful and appropriate relationships with program participants, agency staff and the various publics of the agency, demonstrating sensitivity to all ethnic, racial, social and economic backgrounds.
Automobile is preferred, but not required, with insurance and a valid driver’s license.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred but not mandatory.
For over 45 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential – and, far too often, the very lives – of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County.
BUILD’s programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities.