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Youth Services Intern (Academic Year)
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.
The Quest program is an after school program for middle school age youth from Warrenville and the surrounding communities. The program serves approximately 30 students with the goal to ensure that all participants are successful in their school life. Daily activities include time for completing homework, life skills instruction, community service activities, free time and daily homeroom time. Program staff work closely with the participant’s school day classroom teachers. Quest also provides a family education program which includes activities designed to give parents and youth the skills to become more effective family units.
The intern will be an integral part of the Quest team and will be responsible for providing tutoring in a variety of subjects, developing relationships with individual middle 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, as well as research, writing and presentation skills. The intern will receive experience in the over-all working of a Christian, community-based youth development program and will gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, environmental, economic and other issues that impact “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.
Monday – Friday; 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm; August 2020 – May 2021
Additional evening hours are scheduled for family education program and supervision. Internship hours are flexible and can be negotiated to be consistent with program requirements.
Individual LCSW supervision provided weekly.
Shalina Wozny | www.outreachcommunityministries.org