Age Minimum (with Adult): 22+, Minimum Age:22+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed
Job Coaching at Open Door Shelter
Description During the project, volunteers will participate in an ice breaker activity, work in small groups on a variety of job readiness activities, and make engaging conversation. Volunteers should come with a friendly attitude, ready to make positive connections with the youth, staff, and other volunteers. Volunteers should be comfortable and competent with the curriculum.
Transit Information This location is accessible via the Blue line (Division), the #70 Division bus (Division & Clark), the #56 Milwaukee bus (Milwaukee & Noble), and the #9 Ashland bus (Ashland & Milwaukee). Limited street parking is available.
Community Partner Open Door Shelter, a program of The Night Ministry, is a 120-day interim-housing program dedicated to serving young adults (ages 14 to 20), many of whom have been exposed to serious life circumstances and may have children of their own with them. Open Door Shelter has been a Chicago Cares partner since 2008 for this project, one of multiple Chicago Cares programs at this site.
Program Goal Volunteers will help facilitate conversations and activities leading to skills and self-esteem building. They will be guided through a curriculum to mentor youth through job readiness activities.
Impact of Program Individuals frequently work on issues by themselves, rather than collaborating to problem-solve together. Coaching provides these individuals with the opportunity to work together, deepening knowledge, building problem-solving skills, and forging connections to new resources. Through coaching, volunteers contribute to large-scale social change by providing youth with unique access to tools and skillsets they will use to advance themselves professionally and an avenue to ask questions and seek guidance.
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