Outreach Community Center of Carol Stream

The Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) is a community-based program of Outreach Community Ministries. The Center is a multi-purpose, neighborhood resource center serving primarily the 6000 residents in the southern section of Carol Stream. The goal of the Center is to help the neighborhood residents’ work together to build a stronger community. This goal is achieved through a wide range of community services that assist people in making positive changes in their personal, family and community lives. Services include casework, counseling, summer and after school programs, tutoring, mentoring, and community development.

Outreach Community Ministries is a Christian community service organization, striving to put Christian faith into responsible action. The organization has been called into existence by local churches to respond supportively to the needs of young people and their families. The organization is committed to providing excellence in human services and demonstrating compassion for the whole person. Outreach Community Ministries also offers services through Warrenville Youth and Family Services (WYFS) and Wheaton Youth Outreach (WYO).

Youth Services at OCC

Learn-2-Earn Youth Program

The Learn-2-Earn Summer Youth Program provides educational support and teaches practical life skills necessary for success for students entering grades 6-8 who live in the South Carol Stream area. The goals of the program include the provision of academic enrichment; training in basic job readiness and social skills; the development of positive character and self-confidence through varied activities and relationships with staff and students; and the modeling and teaching of Christian values and faith.

The educational component of the program includes academic classes in Math, Language Arts, and Science/ Social Studies. This component is also supplemented with classes in Christian Education, Life Skills and Cultural Arts. The community service component focuses on serving others in various ways, teaches basic job readiness skills and emphasizes the importance of teamwork. A point system is utilized in which students are awarded points based on their performance and conduct in both of these components. The tally of each student’s points will determine the amount of a stipend he/she will receive each week. Other incentives in the program are swimming and fun/educational field trips.

Responsibilities and Opportunities

The Education Intern will receive learning experiences in the overall working of a Christian, community based social service agency. The intern will gain valuable knowledge of the issues confronting “at risk” youth and will gain experience working with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of youth. The Education Intern is responsible for teaching a classroom of up to 10 students, four days per week in the Learn-2-Earn summer program. Duties include classroom instruction, conducting individual academic improvement; maintaining center-wide standard of classroom behavior within the classroom; and communicating behavior problems to parents.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Develop and teach lesson plans
  • Plan and teach a Christian education class and lead morning devotions
  • Plan and teach a Life Skills class (social emotional learning component)
  • Facilitate team-building activities
  • Actively participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Program evaluation

Training and Supervision

The Intern will be supervised by the program staff. He/she will have the opportunity to join the OCC staff meeting to learn more about the many social services offered at the Outreach Community Center and their relationship to the Learn-2-Earn Program.


Part-time, up to 27.5 hours, Monday – Friday. Program runs from June 12th – August 11th. A stipend is available for this summer internship.


Learn-2-Earn internships are available for BA or MA students in the social service, education or Christian education fields. Some previous group or teaching experience with Junior High students is a plus. Must have a heart for working with and ministering to students. Some volunteer experience preferred. Applicants must be supportive of the agency’s statement of Mission and Faith.