Youth Development Intern
West Chicago, IL
Division: Puente del Pueblo (PdP)
Puente del Pueblo is a ministry of Wheaton Bible Church and Iglesia del Pueblo. Outreach serves at Puente on behalf of Wheaton Bible Church, providing consultation, management, and community services. Puente offers after-school and summer youth programming in West Chicago at Main Park and Timber Lake Apartments and Glen Arbor Community Church.
Program: Puente del Futuro: Middle School Program
Puente del Futuro works with at-risk youth ages 10-14 with opportunities for further academic enrichment and support, adult mentoring, social and emotional skill development through a life skills curriculum, service learning opportunities, positive relationship building, recreational activities, and optional Christian Education. Monthly field trips are organized, creating new opportunities for students to explore and learn.
Intern responsibilities will be an integral part of Puente del Futuro’s responsibility of assisting students to develop in both academic and life skill areas through tutoring, mentoring, life skills presentations, and assisting with study time. Responsibilities include encouraging, challenging, and evaluating students both academically and social-emotionally, advocating for students, assisting with academic strategies of intervention, and occasional communication with parents and teachers. Interns will have the opportunity to model and share Christian values, conduct guided classroom teaching of an established curriculum, assist with behavior management, organize activities and special events, assist with volunteer recruitment and oversee various program logistics. Opportunities for case management exposure are available.
The intern will receive experience in the overall working of a Christian, community-based social service ministry and gain valuable knowledge and skills in working with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of youth and staff. Interns will learn classroom management techniques and behavior management strategies, curriculum development skills, research, writing, trauma-informed care, and presentation skills.
BA/BS or MSW students in social work, education, sociology, Spanish, psychology, youth ministry or a related field. Relational, flexible, willing to take initiative and passionate about working with students. Must have a heart for working cross-culturally and embrace the theology of service to the vulnerable. Outreach seeks interns that demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of low-income and diverse populations who also support OCM’s Statement of Mission & Faith. Bilingual Skills (Spanish/English) a plus.
Monday – Friday afternoons from 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm; September 2022 to June 2023. Must be available at least 3 days/week. Hours are flexible and can be negotiated to be consistent with program requirements.
Individual intern supervision will be provided weekly by the program coordinator. MSW supervision is available.
Angie Lamphere | [email protected]