If you’re someone who wants to work hard and make a real difference in the world, we want you to join our team. Become an AmeriCorps Member at Y.O.U. and help us impact the lives of young people in Evanston.
Who we are?
Founded in 1971, Y.O.U. is a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in the community. Y.O.U. currently offers a range of year-round services – from afterschool enrichment and mentorship to clinical counseling and crisis intervention – that support more than 850 young people annually.
What we do?
Y.O.U.’s vision is that all youth acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community. Y.O.U. provides youth in the community with crucial supports and services, including academic support and social/emotional enrichment during out-of-school time, mentorship, clinical counseling, and crisis intervention.
Where do you fit in?
AmeriCorps Members work in site teams at one of eight program sites after school, working with youth ranging from elementary to high school age. Members serve as youth facilitators and workshop leaders in Y.O.U.’s afterschool programs, helping youth develop critical academic, social/emotional, and life skills.
How will you grow?
The AmeriCorps experience at Y.O.U. offers a unique opportunity for growth and learning toward a career in youth development, education, the arts, or non-profits. Your work will be closely supervised and you will be provided with both formal and informal feedback to help you grow. You will also have an incredible opportunity to develop leadership skills. During your time with us, you will serve simultaneously as a role model, mentor, tutor, counselor, problem-solver, crisis intervention worker, and life skills coach for the youth in our programs. You will provide support and listening ears to struggling parents. You will coordinate programming and solve problems with community partners. You may even occasionally must act as an intermediary with police or serve as a liaison with other social service agencies. These responsibilities allow you to develop new skills and an even deeper appreciation of youth and community development.