Youth Services Intern (Link Mentoring/High School Program)
Warrenville Youth and Family Services (WYFS)
WYFS is a multi-purpose community service agency, serving residents of the greater Warrenville area. Services provided include: individual and family therapy, consultation and referral services, case management, community education services, mentoring, and youth development programs.
Link Mentoring /High School Program
The Link program partners at-risk youth ages 10-17 with adult mentors who meet one-on-one with students to support their academic, social and emotional skill development. Mentors meet one evening a week on-site at a WYFS partner facility where they can do small group activities or work together one-on-one in a supervised environment. Monthly field trips are organized with an emphasis on career or educational exposure. Mentors, students and their families receive support from WYFS staff through on-going communication and training. The high school program activities include time for completing homework, life skills instruction, community service activities, free time and homeroom.
The intern will be an integral part of the Link/High School team and will be responsible for providing tutoring in a variety of subjects, developing relationships with individual high school participants, assisting with the creation, development, refinement and implementation of life skills lessons and materials, presenting family education activities, planning and implementing mentoring activities and field trips, tracking participant progress using report cards, parent and teacher reports and attending weekly staff meetings. Additional opportunities are available for MA/MSW level interns.
The intern will learn classroom management techniques and discipline strategies, curriculum development skills, research, writing and presentation skills. The intern will receive experience in the over-all working of a Christian, community-based youth development program and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, environmental, economic and other issues impacting at-risk youth.
BA/BS or MA/MSW student in Education, Youth Ministry, Social Work or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate a desire to work with at-risk school age youth and a willingness to be flexible and adapt to a dynamic work setting. Ability and willingness to transport clients strongly preferred. Previous volunteer experience preferred. Outreach seeks interns that demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of low-income and diverse populations who also support OCM’s Statement of Mission & Faith.
August 2020 – May 2021; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Link runs Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm and Quest runs Monday and Friday from 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm.
Hours are flexible and can be negotiated to be consistent with program requirements.
Individual LCSW supervision provided weekly.
Shalina Wozny | www.outreachcommunityministries.org