Girls Mentor (GEMS)

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-involved youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

 Position Summary

The GEMS Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, benefits available, $15-$17/hr. The GEMS mentor is responsible for mentoring young ladies in one-on-one and group settings, high-quality weekly program facilitation in/out of school, and events/activities. The mentor demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. This position will primarily take place in Little Village.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Hosts participant information sessions, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants.
  • Plans and implements outreach and recruiting of youth to program as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison and youth advocate with families, school administrators, social and youth service agencies and the juvenile justice system.
  • Implements and monitors progress of youth case plans and objectives.
  • May administer intake and youth assessments and assist in ensuring accuracy and completeness of youth files.
  • Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested.
  • Serves as a linkage and support for individuals and families to enhance their assistance and use of opportunities and programs in the community (ie. Job programs, GED, drug treatment).
  • Assists in weekly planning, program facilitation and supervision of youth social activities/outings; (may include in-school, after-school small & large groups, as well as sports).
  • Maintains and documents required quantity/quality of contacts with all youth as requested by Supervisor.
  • Communicates with key staff, mentees and mentee caregiver(s) to ensure youth needs are addressed.
  • Monitors and provides for a safe environment for youth at NLC functions.
  • Utilizes database and other record-keeping procedures to document youth sessions, progress, challenges, etc.
  • Communicates regularly with mentees and addresses challenges, celebrates milestones, assists in identifying goals and problem solving.
  • Creates lessons and activities based on life-skills.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attend mandatory weekly and quarterly staff meetings
  • Attend required trainings as necessary
  • Some local travel required (reimbursable)

Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check; must not have any pending cases
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of youth/at-risk youth; Knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to youth behaviors
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check
  • Must have access to a vehicle

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App, at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of three references with contact information (minimum 2 professional with email and phone included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “Girls Mentor FT” in the subject line of your email. Please include the name of any employees who referred you to the position.

Full Job Description

Data Outreach Specialist

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-involved youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

 Position Summary

The Data Outreach Specialist will work with the NLC Outreach team under the direct supervision of the Data Manager. The Data Outreach Specialist will work 40 hours per week (full-time, non-exempt), and is responsible for performing key administrative tasks to support effectiveness of programming and improve the quality of service provided to youth and families by our Outreach team. The Data Outreach Specialist demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

 Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Intake Management Team members to strategically match/exit youth and Outreach mentors ensuring appropriate matching and ensure ongoing monitoring of relationships.
  • Inform and follow-up with Case-Managers, Victim Advocates and Outreach team for missing or inaccurate data.
  • Collect and follow-up on assessments and case-file paperwork as needed or requested by Data/Outreach Manager.
  • Run Outreach reports as requested.
  • Communicate Outreach data to appropriate leadership or funders as necessary.
  • Create clear, concise Outreach data reports.
  • Administer, enter, and report assessment and survey information into appropriate databases as needed.
  • Enter all other required data into database(s). Assure information is updated and accurate.
  • Coordinate with sub-contractors to collect outreach, case management and programming monthly data reports.
  • Coordinate with Adler and data partners on monthly outreach data reporting and evaluation.
  • Assist outreach team with survey administration and risk assessments.
  • Assist Data Manager and data team with other required tasks.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attend assigned weekly and quarterly staff meetings.
  • Attend required trainings as necessary.
  • Must be comfortable and willing to perform home visits and interviews/sessions with participants as needed to collect data.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter.
  • Must pass a background check, no pending criminal cases.
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth.
  • Minimum 1-year experience with data entry or data analysis.
  • Cross-cultural competency.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties.
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information.
  • Ability to cooperate in and contribute to program goal attainment.
  • Ability to create, manage and interpret reports, spreadsheets, and other data collection as needed.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally.
  • Ability to manage multiple and rapidly changing priorities.
  • Ability to effectively work independently, problem solve, multi-task, and take initiative.
  • High organization and detail-oriented skill ability.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on various tasks.
  • Ability and desire of a minimum 1-year commitment.

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in the Little Village, Brighton Park, Pilsen, Humboldt Park communities.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of three references with contact information (2 professional, 1 personal, email and phone included)
  • Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments.
  • Include all attachments in a single email.
  • Please include, “Data Outreach Specialist” in the subject line of your email.
  • Please include the name of any current employee referring you to the position in the subject line.
Full Job Description

Case-Manager

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-involved youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary:

The Case-Managers works to provide linkages and robust accompaniment to prosocial alternatives including activities, jobs, education, and other social services. The Case-Manger will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt. The Case-Manager will work with a portfolio of participants who have been directly or secondarily affected by street violence to provide case management, support and advocacy. The Case-Manager will work with individuals in coordination with our Outreach and Victim Advocacy team.

 Skills & Responsibilities

  • Accomplishes participants’ care by assessing individual needs; providing direct services and engaging in ancillary activities.
  • Engages participants in interviews to assess needs and determine need for additional services and referrals.
  • Coordinates internal and external services being provided to participant; identifies and arranges resources.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with individuals to promote prosocial behaviors.
  • Willing to work evenings and on weekends as needed.
  • Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and complete basic work processing tasks as needed.
  • Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence.
  • Provide direct case-management and emergency support services to victims of violence and their families.
  • Provide support and advocacy to the victims of violence and their families through home visits, phone calls, criminal justice advocacy, and referrals to other support organizations.
  • May coordinate and facilitate educational forums, family and group support sessions, trainings and other gatherings.
  • Supports and teaches as necessary various job readiness workshops to individuals and groups, including: computer skills, communication, critical thinking, self-awareness, conflict mediation, financial literacy, job search and application techniques, resume and cover letter development, interview skills, etc.
  • Develop relationships with partner organizations and build “warm referral” network for linkage.
  • Document participant contacts and services provided and assist program manager with data collection and required reporting.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings; meet with supervisor as for regular check-ins.
  • Document detailed participant case-notes and other items as assigned.
  • Participate in all mandatory trainings and undertake any training and professional development as required to ensure effective work.
  • Monitors cases by verifying participants’ attendance; observing and evaluating activities and responses; advocating for needed services; identifying and connecting to additional resources; intervening in crises; and providing personal support.
  • Communicates participants’ progress by engaging in weekly interdisciplinary meetings and evaluations, disseminating results and obstacles to team and family, and identifying program influences.
  • Prepares participants’ exit strategy by reviewing goals and individualized plans, coordinating discharge and post-discharge requirements, orienting and training family members, and providing resources.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases
  • Knowledge of the community
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, insurance, and good driving record
  • Bilingual English/Spanish highly preferred
  • Has a flexible schedule – This position may require evenings or weekends depending on the participant’s needs.
  • Has at least 1-year experience supporting and working with at-risk youth.
  • Has at least 1-year experience working with people from various ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds both as colleagues and as participants.
  • Has experience documenting case-notes.
  • Has experience developing and retaining relationships with other service providers.
  • Has a high level of interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.
  • Has proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable using computer programs to track participant engagement.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional, Email and Phone number included)
  • Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email.
  • Please include, “Case-Manager” in the subject line of your email.
  • Please indicate the name of any current staff who is referring you to the position in the subject line.
Full Job Description

Volunteer Coordinator

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-involved youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary:

The Volunteer Coordinator will work full-time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, and is responsible for the coordination of all volunteer-related tasks, particularly focusing on mentor-care to ensure effectiveness, sustainability and long-term commitment for NLC programs. The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for utilizing resources as cost-effectively as possible to provide high quality services and enhance effective programming. The Volunteer Coordinator will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

Skills & Responsibilities

  • Recruit new volunteers; providing information, applications and follow-up as needed
  • Host volunteer information sessions to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of
  • Review applications, interview candidates, and select new volunteers to become part of NLC team
  • Update volunteer application, onboarding, and training materials as necessary
  • Maintain volunteer files, including up-to-date background checks and required paperwork
  • Perform regular check-ins to ensure necessary support is provided, volunteer mentors are connecting with youth, and that mentoring data is being entered as required
  • Communicate monthly themes and event ideas to volunteers; provide resources and ideas for free/low cost activities
  • Plan and execute quarterly mentor training sessions to ensure mentors are equipped with necessary skills and tools to succeed
  • Facilitate volunteer connection to other volunteers through various means (Group Me, Facebook, hangouts, etc.), ensuring a sense of support and community exists between volunteers
  • Collaborate with Intake Management Team members to strategically match youth and volunteer mentors, ensuring appropriate fit, and monitoring ongoing relationship
  • Institute volunteer mentor accountability, ensuring that notes are entered weekly and receipts for reimbursement are submitted on time
  • Manage mentor stipends and P.O. approval as necessary, approving mentor reimbursement spreadsheet monthly
  • Troubleshoot volunteer challenges as needed; facilitating communication between key staff, volunteers, participants, mentees and mentee caregiver to ensure youth needs are addressed
  • Host monthly team meetings to delegate key tasks to highly committed mentors (as needed)
  • Collect and assess volunteer performance/feedback information to assure quality of volunteer related tasks
  • Attend weekly and quarterly staff meetings
  • Attend required trainings as necessary
  • Attend regular Intake Management Team meetings
  • Update all relevant media and outreach materials as necessary
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases
  • One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information
  • Experience in planning, coordination and implementation of events and trainings
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, insurance, and good driving record
  • Has at least 1-year experience working with people from various ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds both as colleagues and as participants.
  • Has a high level of interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional, Email and Phone number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “NLC Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. If a current employee has referred you to the position please name them in the subject of your email.

Full Job Description

Street Outreach Mentor

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. There are two target demographics of programs: justice-involved youth, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community. Serving these two populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) is a citywide collaborative of community-based agencies across Chicago working together to reduce rates of community violence. CP4P agencies and their partners are located in the neighborhoods with the highest rates of violence, and are committed to hyper-local programming, restorative justice practices, trauma-informed approaches, and principles of nonviolence. The Street Outreach Mentor operates as a part of a Neighborhood Safety Team that includes other outreach workers, case-managers, and community engagement/safe spaces staff. Street Outreach Mentor(s) focus on the Little Village, Pilsen, and Brighton Park communities.

Position Summary:

The Street Outreach Mentor works to gain trust of the community and the highest risk individuals to help prevent shootings and retaliatory violence, and to provide linkages and robust accompaniment to prosocial alternatives including activities, jobs, education, case-management, and social services. As a member of a team, the Street Outreach Mentor is responsible for reaching out to the highest risk individuals in the community and working with them to prevent violence by mediating conflicts, modeling prosocial behaviors, engaging them in positive activities and accompaniment through the case management process. The Street Outreach Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, under the direct supervision of the Street Outreach Director. Some weekends and some on-call in response to crisis will be required. More than 1 position available.

Skills & Responsibilities

• Firsthand knowledge of the Little Village, Pilsen and/or Brighton Park community and knowledge of current street conflicts required

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

• Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with high-risk individuals to resolve conflicts and promote prosocial behaviors

• Willingness to work on the street and in other unstructured situations

• Willing to work late nights and on weekends; the nature of crisis situations may require “on-call” response

• Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and

complete basic work processing tasks as needed

• Experience with or training in crisis intervention, principles in nonviolence, restorative justice practices, or trauma-informed

practice

• Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence

Client Outreach:

• Work with outreach colleagues and supervisor to identify potential participants who are the highest risk individuals, and the

people who know them

• Carry a caseload of 10-15 high-risk clients

• Develop and maintain supportive and effective relationships with client caseload

• Work to intervene in circumstances in which violence is likely, including possible retaliation

• Work to understand why a shooting happened, including developing strategies to be better informed to help prevent future

escalation of conflicts

• Work as a member of a team, communicating all relevant information to team members and supervisors instantly

• Ensure that information about potential participants is clearly identified and communicated to relevant staff and Program

Supervisor

• Develop and deliver one-to-one support sessions and facilitate circles with clients to support participants in resolving conflicts

and adopting prosocial behaviors

• Provide linkages and support for individuals to enhance their use of opportunities and programs in the community (job

programs, GED, drug treatment, mentoring, etc.)

• Provide client accompaniment to court, social services, etc.

Violence Prevention Services/Shooting Responses:

• Participate, as necessary, in organizing responses to shootings and increasing visibility when shootings/killings take place

(developing networks with other outreach programs to coordinate an inclusive and strategic response)

• Investigate causes of shootings/killings to assist in mediating situations and preventing retaliation between individuals and

groups and provide documentation

• Identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence (conducting line of sight surveys with residents and key stakeholders

to identify areas frequented by high-risk clients) and provide documentation

• Strategize with outreach team and supervisor to develop ongoing strategy to respond to conflicts and violence, noting important

anniversary dates or other key events

Community Outreach:

• Outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses,

and community groups

• Work closely with referring partners and any other stakeholders to ensure that goals are met

• Maintain positive relationships with stakeholders

• Respond to shootings in other communities, when necessary, working with relevant outreach programs

Meetings & Documentation:

• Attend weekly staff meetings; meet with supervisor as needed

• Document shootings and other acts of violence prevented, and conflicts mediated

• Document all shootings and retaliations

• Document detailed client case notes and other items as assigned

• Participate in all mandatory trainings and undertake any training and professional development as required to ensure effective

work

Required Qualifications:

• Must become a Mandated Reporter

• Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic

violence

• High School Diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred or significant experience working with high-risk, street-involved

individuals

• Firsthand knowledge of the specific the Little Village, Pilsen, and/or Brighton Park community areas and knowledge of current street

conflicts

• Valid Illinois Driver’s License, insurance, and good driving record

• Access to a vehicle

Qualifications:

• Excellent verbal communication skills, and ability to communicate effectively in writing

• Experience or training in crisis intervention preferred

• Willingness to learn and commit to the principles of nonviolence, restorative justice and trauma-informed practices

• Experience working on a team

• Bilingual Spanish/English preferred

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

• Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

• Resume

• List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional and 1 Personal, Email and Phone

number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include,

“NLC Street Outreach Mentor” in the subject line of your email.

Full Job Description

The Vine Instructor (Out-of-School Time)

The Vine is part of New Life Centers’ intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth in the Little Village and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. There are three target demographics of New Life Centers: gang affiliated youth, youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peacemakers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction. We envision youth and families transformed by hope, becoming men and women of character to create a flourishing, unified neighborhood.

Position Summary

The Instructor will work under the direct supervision of the Program Director.  The Instructor position is Part-Time, 25 hours/week, non-exempt and will take place in the Humboldt Park community. The Instructor is responsible for the supervision and mentoring of young people K-8th grade as well as the facilitation of program related activities. The Instructor will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland. Daily hours will vary dependent on the school year and summer months including days off during school breaks.

Job Responsibilities:

  • With team, plans and implements group lessons and activities
  • Assures programming begins and ends on time; including set-up, clean-up, and debriefing sessions
  • Assures upkeep and safety of space, supplies and equipment
  • With team, is responsible for planning and logistics of activities and events
  • Assures accurate, timely and complete attendance and youth paperwork
  • Assures safety of all participants at all times
  • Enforces rules and expectations of NLC and off-site locations where NLC may participate
  • Communicates with key staff, volunteers, and Supervisor to address challenges youth may be facing
  • Maintains positive family and community partnerships to best support youth engagement
  • Creates and facilitates daily lessons
  • Supports the social, emotional and spiritual needs of each child
  • Communicates needed materials for daily lessons to Supervisor
  • Maintains a clean cafeteria before, during and after meal service
  • Communicates with volunteers and provides any necessary guidance or direction during daily lessons and activities

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Attends mandatory weekly staff meetings and quarterly all staff meetings
  • Attends required trainings as necessary

 Required Qualifications:

  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check
  • One-year minimum experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at-risk youth
  • Cross-cultural competency
  • Strong classroom management skills with the ability to create a safe space conducive to learning and creativity
  • Knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-risk youth
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word. Must be willing to be trained, and proficiently utilize database(s) and information tracking systems relevant to duties
  • Must keep confidentiality of records and participant information
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally
  • Minimum High School Diploma or GED

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English preferred
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information; minimum one professional and one personal (email and phone included)

 Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “The Vine Instructor ” in the subject line of your email.

 New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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Victim Advocate

New Life Centers provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12 to 24 in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of programs are; gang-involved youth, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers.

Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

Position Summary:

The Victim Advocate works to provide linkages and robust accompaniment to prosocial alternatives including activities, jobs, education, case management, and social services. The Victim Advocate will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt, under the direct supervision of the Director of Street Outreach. The Victim Advocate will work with a portfolio of participants who have been directly or secondarily affected by street violence to provide case management, crisis intervention, support and advocacy. The Victim Advocate will work with individuals, families, and friends of victims in coordination with our Outreach team.

Skills & Responsibilities

• Accomplishes participants’ care by assessing individual needs; providing direct services and engaging in ancillary activities.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with individuals to promote prosocial behaviors.

• Willing to work late nights and on weekends if needed.

• Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and complete basic work processing tasks as needed.

• Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence.

• Provide direct case management and emergency support services to victims of violence and their families.

• Provide support and advocacy to the victims of violence and their families through home visits, phone calls, criminal justice advocacy, and referrals to other support organizations.

• Coordinate and facilitate educational forums, family and group support sessions, trainings and other gatherings.

• Develop relationships with partner organizations and build “warm referral” network for linkage.

• Document participant contacts and services provided and assist program manager with data collection and required reporting.

• Assist victims in accessing resources such as Victim’s Compensation, Short Term Disability, affordable healthcare, and mental health services.

• Work with victims to identify and address safety concerns and create a plan for long term safety and well-being.

• Maintain participant relationship for a minimum of 6 months.

• Attend weekly staff meetings; meet with supervisor as needed

• Document detailed client case notes and other items as assigned

• Participate in all mandatory trainings and undertake any training and professional development as required to ensure effective work

Required Qualifications:

• Must become a Mandated Reporter

• Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases

• High School Diploma/GED required

• Knowledge of the community and knowledge of current street conflicts required

• Valid Illinois Driver’s License, insurance, and good driving record

• Bilingual English-Spanish required

• Has a flexible schedule – this position requires some nights and weekends.

• Has at least 1-year experience supporting and working with in-risk youth and street involved youth and developing individualized plans for in-risk youth; awareness of trauma reactions.

• Has at least 1-year experience working with people from various ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds both as colleagues and as participants.

• Has experience documenting case notes.

• Has experience developing and retaining relationships with other service providers.

• Has a high level of interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.

• Has crisis intervention training or knowledge.

• Has knowledge of Chicago and communities with histories of violence.

• Has proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and comfortable using computer programs to track participant engagement.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to VictoriaApp at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

• Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

• Resume

• List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 Professional, Email and Phone number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “NLC Victim Advocate” in the subject line of your email.

New Life Centers provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. New Life Centers complies with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator – IYC St. Charles

New Life Centers (NLC) provides intensive, community-based mentoring programs for youth ages 12+ in the Little Village, Humboldt Park and Midway communities of Chicago. There are two target demographics of programs: gang-involved youth on probation, and at-risk youth referred through local schools and community agencies. Serving these two populations allows NLC to holistically engage both violence prevention and intervention in response to identified community needs. We seek to reduce youth contact with the justice system, promote safety, and empower young people to become community-builders and peace-makers. Our holistic program model enables us to fulfill our mission: to provide mentoring and advocacy to guide youth toward a new life and a new direction.

This project is a collaborative of the Restorative Justice Hubs and the Illinois Youth Center (St. Charles, Illinois). Partners are located in the neighborhoods with the highest rates of violence, and are committed to hyper-local programming, restorative justice practices, trauma-informed approaches, and principles of nonviolence. The School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator IYC-St. Charles operates as a part of an in-facility team that provides a variety of programming activities to the young men residing in IYC St. Charles. This position will focus on providing peace circles and mediations inside the IYC facility’s school and reports directly to the New Life Center’s IYC ST. Charles Project Coordinator.

Position Summary:

The School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator is responsible for establishing and maintaining Restorative Practices for the school community. This position will work closely and build strong relationships with school leaders, teachers, counselors, support staff and students to create a restorative culture. The Coordinator will develop and implement restorative practices protocols and processes within the school, along with assisting with mediations and conflict resolution.

The Coordinator will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, exempt. Salary $41,600 annual. This position includes benefits *please ask. This person will be on site at the facility in St Charles a minimum of 3 times a week, up to 5 times a week. Having reliable transportation is a must. This position will begin ASAP.

 Skills & Responsibilities

  • Provide restorative justice conferences and circles with students, teachers, staff and families as needed.
  • Develop and implement restorative practices protocols and processes within the school culture; Consultation to school leadership and school teams on the development and implementation of systems and structures for Restorative Practices
  • Provide coaching and support to classroom teachers in restorative practice circles.
  • Helps problem-solve difficult situations and strategize about conflict mediations (provide needed guidance and follow-up).
  • Assists in developing action plans to address training needs.
  • Communicates absences to Supervisor and assures appropriate coordination/timely documentation of trained substitutes.
  • Oversees the timely implementation of scheduled activities.
  • Works to build team morale and cohesiveness.
  • Intentionally provides opportunities for IYC staff to engage in services offered to residents where appropriate.
  • Assures all necessary documentation is collected and submitted as requested.
  • Manages the collection/communication/submission of data related items with team and partner agencies to NLC administration as identified.
  • Will communicate with Data Manager on all data needs, reports, submissions, etc. as necessary.
  • Will manage all sign-in submission is accurate, complete, and timely.
  • Attends all NLC mandatory meetings and any meetings relevant to the successful implementation and supervision of the program as determined (may include RJ Hubs, IYC staff, citywide tables, etc.).
  • Meets regularly with the Project Coordinator to discuss progress, challenges, training needs, changes, logistics, etc. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be a certified Restorative Justice Peace Circle Keeper
  • High School Diploma/GED required. Bachelor’s degree preferred or significant experience working with high-risk, system-involved individuals
  • Knowledge of the challenges at-risk youth face and experience navigating those challenges
  • Must become a Mandated Reporter
  • Must pass a background check; No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a team of professionals, problem-solve issues, organize events, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work one-on-one and in groups with high-risk individuals to resolve conflicts and promote prosocial behaviors.
  • Experience with staff supervision and/or experience managing a team.
  • Familiarity with computers such that employee is able to complete required data entry tasks, communicate via email and complete basic work processing tasks as needed.
  • Emotional maturity; good judgment; integrity; tolerance of differing points of view and beliefs; commitment to nonviolence.
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License, valid insurance, and good driving record
  • Requires some travel

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Victoria App at VictoriaA@nullnewlifecenters.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of two to three references with contact information (Minimum of 2 professional, Email and Phone number included)

Please submit your application materials as MS Word or PDF attachments. Include all attachments in a single email. Please include, “School Based Restorative Justice Coordinator (IYC – St. Charles)” in the subject line of your email.

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