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2021-2022 Youth Program Development VISTA
Territory provides place-based skill-building programs in urban design for young people who want to have a positive impact on their communities. In 2021 Territory is launching an internship program for young people ages 16-21 who live in Westhaven Park, a Chicago Housing Authority neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The VISTA member will document program activities, identify benchmarks, and assess impact. The VISTA Member’s goal is to create a program outline and toolkit for community developers who want to include youth in the design, planning, and development of their communities. This new program will open doors to careers, education, and leadership opportunities that will help young people break the cycle of poverty. The ideal candidate is someone with prior experience working with youth, interest in community empowerment, and demonstrated flexibility working independently and in teams. Prior experience with trauma-informed and restorative justice practices is a plus. Prior lived experience in Chicago, or in Westhaven Park area is another plus. Working at Territory is a unique, energizing experience. Youth voice is centered at all levels within our organization - we directly involve our youth teams in directing our projects, writing our grants, making decisions with our Board, and other vital work. We seek to create a safe, welcoming, and empowering environment for all members of the Territory community. Our team strives to be flexible, open-minded, and caring- towards our work and each other. This position is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps Network, which is an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program at Housing Action’s website.
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Member Duties : Territory develops leaders through project based learning, where participants are expected to show up, try new things, work as a team, and step up to lead. Territory values the lived experience of our team. Members are supported, coached, and respected as they develop skills through doing. Other duties include: attend meetings online and in person, share observations, participate in discussions, interview teens and adults, have a non-judgmental attitude, maintain a safe and inclusive environment for teens, -building a knowledge of design vocabulary and processes -following news sources to have timely knowledge of target communities, respond to communications within 24 hours on workdays, analyze data, scan existing research for youth development programs. Members are required to complete Territory’s background check in order to work with teens. This is a pre-requisite for joining our project team.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Housing ,  Training ,  Ventra or Metra Pass . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Public Safety ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Housing ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Urban Planning ,  Leadership ,  Communications ,  Youth Development ,  Architectural Planning ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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2021-2022 Youth Program Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/30/2021  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  


Accepting Applications
From  07/09/2021  To  08/30/2021 

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4637 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago   IL   60625

Listing ID 101864