Reentry and Family Engagement 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. The target demographics of program: gang-involved 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 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:

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 Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator IYC-St. Charles reports to the Project Coordinator and partners with IYC St. Charles staff in the reentry process, connecting youth with resources in their community. The Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator will partner with IYC St. Charles’ Youth and Family Advocate (YFA) staff, parents, youth and community partners to help youth achieve their goals. This position will also oversee and coordinate the bus transportation program for parents to visit their children at IYC St. Charles, which includes offering support for parents on Saturdays twice a month. The Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator will work Full-Time 40 hours per week, non-exempt. This project will begin immediately. This position requires daily travel to and from St. Charles and intentional time on site in-facility encouraging a culture of restorative justice. $18-$20/hr.

 Skills & Responsibilities

  • Serves as the primary point of contact for parent visits and reentry partnerships with IYC staff.
  • Works closely and collaborates with the Project Coordinator, IYC YFA staff and community resources to prepare re-entry plans and other initiatives to positively enhance a youth’s re-entry experience. This includes, but not limited to; ensuring strong alliances in the community with agencies and organizations, coordinating referrals to community-based organizations that will provide the needed services for youth transitioning into the community, identifying and contacting potential community resources and programs to help develop and implement strategies to achieve re-entry goals, etc.
  • Oversees and Coordinates bus transportation schedule for weekend parent visits. This includes, but not limited to, recruiting volunteer drivers, contacting parents, organizing pick-up and drop-off locations, providing encouragement and support to parents during visits, providing snacks on drives, etc.
  • Assists Project Coordinator with other duties and responsibilities as needed, including onsite IYC facility visits.
  • Communicates absences to Supervisor and assures appropriate coordination/timely documentation of trained substitutes.
  • May substitute or assist in programming as needed.
  • Oversees the timely implementation of scheduled activities.
  • Helps team members problem-solve difficult situations and strategize about conflict mediations (provide needed guidance and follow-up).
  • Works to build team morale and cohesiveness.
  • Intentionally provides opportunities for IYC staff to engage in services offered to youth residents where appropriate.
  • 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.
  • 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 Juvenile Justice and IYC Project team to discuss progress, challenges, training needs, changes, logistics, etc.

 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, system-involved individuals.
  • Knowledge of the challenges at-risk youth face and experience navigating those challenges.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a strong relationship with other community organizations.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Access to a vehicle required
  • Must be comfortable driving a 15 passenger van
  • Requires travel

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Irene Vazquez, Director of Central Services, at Irenev@nullnewlifechicago.org:

  • Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position
  • Resume
  • List of three references with contact information (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, “Reentry and Family Engagement Coordinator FT” 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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Mentor

New Life Centers provide intensive, community-based programs for youth in the Little Village, Humboldt Park, Midway and Brighton Park neighborhoods of Chicago. The target demographics of New Life Centers are; 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 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 Mentor will work Full-Time 40 hours per week (Non-Exempt). Hours are mainly after-school hours with some flexibility. The mentor is responsible for youth one-on-one and group mentoring and advocacy, sports coordination, as well as high-quality program facilitation during after-school hours. Mentoring hours will vary. The mentor demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and excellence as well as the mission of New Life Centers of Chicagoland.

Job Responsibilities:

• Hosts participant information sessions in collaboration with other staff, to explain expectations, roles, and responsibilities of participants

• With team, 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, goals and objectives

• Intentionally focuses on a caseload of approximately 10-15 youth in a one-on-one mentoring capacity

• Administers intake and youth assessments, and assists in ensuring accuracy and completeness of youth files

• Produces documents, receipts and correspondence regarding activities and progress as requested by Supervisor

• 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 and program facilitation and youth social activities/outings; (May include In-School small groups, Neighborhood sports leagues, Summer sports/activities nights, etc.)

• General knowledge of sports

• Willingness to coach sports groups

• 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 the youth’s needs are addressed Other Duties as Assigned

• Attends mandatory weekly and Quarterly staff meetings

• Attends required trainings and meetings as necessary

Required Qualifications:

• Must become a Mandated Reporter

• Must pass a standard background check

• Must pass a Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System background check

• Must pass a National Sex Offender Registry background check

• One-year experience working in the human services field in a capacity that involves direct services to at risk youth

• Cross-cultural competency

• Some knowledge of the challenges and needs of at-promise youth; Some knowledge of the general sociological, economic and environmental conditions contributing to juvenile delinquency and maladjustment

• Good listening and communication skills

• Ability to inform youth and assist youth in healthy decision-making skills through coaching

• 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

• Desire and ability to establish and maintain long-term relationships with youth

• Ability to communicate effectively both written and verbally

• Bilingual in Spanish/English highly preferred but flexible

• Valid Illinois Driver’s license, insurance, good driving record; subject to driving background check

Desired Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Human or Social Services, Sociology, Psychology, Education or a closely related field

• Knowledge of public and private agencies which provide youth and/or supportive services and trainings

How to Apply:

Please submit the following materials to Irene Vasquez at IreneV@nullnewlifechicago.org:

• Cover letter indicating your experience and interest in the position

• Resume

• List of two to three references with contact information (min. 2 professional references, email and phone included)

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

Please include, “Mentor” 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 Irene Vazquez, Director of Central Services, at Irenev@nullnewlifechicago.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

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.

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