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2021 Youth Program Development Summer Associate
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 associate will document program activities, identify benchmarks, and assess impact. The VISTA associate’s goal is to create a rubric that represents program outcomes so that participants and funder can assess the impact of the program. This information 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, 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 positions. Learn more about the program on 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. Duties include:attending meetings online and in person -sharing observations, participating in discussions -taking notes and maintaining a journal monitoring personal growth -interviewing teens and adults -being non-judgmental, maintaining 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 -responding to communications within 24 hours on workdays -gathering and analyzing data -scanning existing research for youth development programs Associates 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 : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance . 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Public Safety ,  Housing ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Urban Planning ,  Architectural Planning ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Education ,  Youth Development . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2021 Youth Program Development Summer Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/07/2021  -   08/15/2021

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  03/21/2021  To  07/09/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
4637 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago   IL   60625
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 102454