Opportunity Details

Jobs and Economic Development, Poverty & Economic Opportunity
Homeless, Low-income Communities, LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender)
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Age Minimum (with Adult): 22+, Minimum Age:22+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Job Coaching at Open Door Shelter

Help provide youth residing in interim housing with tools they need to secure employment. You’ll work with the residents on activities that will prepare them to find and apply for jobs, as well as teaching interview skills and professional on-the-job behavior. By doing so, you’ll give the youth practice and necessary skills to find a job and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency, decreasing barriers to entry that cause inequitable unemployment. Chicago Cares’ volunteer projects are opportunities to connect with our neighbors, challenge our assumptions, change how we think and feel about our city, and inspire action – all while making a tangible, positive impact through service.

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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