Warrenville Youth and Family Services
Warrenville Youth and Family Services (WYFS) is a community based program of Outreach Community Ministries. The Purpose of WYFS is to provide assistance to the residents of Warrenville and the surrounding communities in effectively dealing with a wide variety of personal, family and social concerns. Toward this purpose, the professional staff at WYFS provides individual, marital, family and group therapy, as well as consultation and referral services. WYFS also provides a variety of prevention and community education services.
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 Wheaton Youth Outreach (WYO) and the Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC).
Youth Services at WYFS
The Quest Program
The Quest Summer Youth Program provides educational support and teaches practical life skills necessary for success for late elementary school, middle school and early high school students who live in Warrenville. The summer program serves approximately forty boys and girls, Monday through Friday from 10:00 – 4:00 PM. The program approaches the summer curriculum through a holistic framework. As a result, the daily activities are varied and include educational activities, cultural instruction, life skills instruction, community service activities, team building activities, self-chosen elective activities and open gym. The goals of the program include the provision of academic enrichment; 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.
Responsibilities and Opportunities
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. Although there is flexibility in designing the internship to fit the intern’s academic and personal needs, interns will learn positive and effective discipline techniques, will be challenged in leading both small and large groups and will help with curriculum development and activity planning and implementation
Responsibilities may include:
- Develop and teach lesson plans
- Tutor students as needed
- Assist in creating, developing, refining and implementing life skill lessons and materials
- Develop and nurture relationships with individual participants
- Facilitate team-building activities
- Organize and lead planned special events during the summer
- Actively participate in weekly staff meetings
- Program evaluation
- Implement discipline strategies and classroom management skills
- MA or MSW level interns can be provided with additional leadership responsibilities
Training and Supervision
The intern will receive experience in the overall working of a Christian, community-based social service ministry as well as the direct experience of a community based youth development program. The intern will gain knowledge and experience addressing issues affecting youth and parents.
Additional learning will include experience in classroom management techniques; familiarity with cultural, environmental, economic and other issues that impact the academic development of at-risk students and specific ways to address these factors; curriculum development skills through research and writing and presentation skills through participation in life skills and cultural lessons.
Supervision includes individual supervision weekly with the Quest intern supervisor, and weekly Quest staff team meetings.
The Quest Summer Program runs Monday through Friday, June through August. Daily hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Additional morning and evening hours are scheduled for planning and supervision.
BA or MA/MSW candidate in Education, Youth Ministry, Social Work or Related Field. Applicants must demonstrate a proclivity and desire for working with at-risk school age youth; a willingness to be flexible and adapt to a dynamic work setting. Applicants must be supportive of the agency’s statement of Mission and Faith. Previous volunteer experience preferred.