INTERNSHIP - Violence Intervention & Prevention Services
Uhlich Children's Advantage Network - Chicago IL

Internship Category: Paid

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  • 18:VPS-003: INTERNSHIP – Violence Intervention & Prevention Services

    Department 360 Community
    Location 3605 W. Fillmore Street, Chicago, IL. 60624
    Shift

    Description:
    Violence Prevention Services (VPS) is UCAN’s bold new solution to the violence crisis plaguing Chicago’s communities. VPS seeks to transform young lives through programs promoting individual healing, self-empowerment and community transformation.

    The VPS Intern is responsible for providing support to the VPS project by assisting with program development, community mobilization, program management, and planning and coordination of community events. The intern must bring a strong social work and strength-based approach to working with youth.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
    Duties & Responsibilities in the Community

    • Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations in order to facilitate learning and growth opportunities for program clients.
    • Promote the work of VPS in the North Lawndale community in an effort to engage and collaborate with other community organizations.
    • Assist in the development and coordination of community activities and events to promote resident involvement and community safety.

    Duties & Responsibilities regarding Direct Service

    • Support the Peace Hub Youth Advisory Board, comprised of youth in the community, designed to ensure that the youth have an active role in determining the needs of their community.
    • Using a strength-based approach, engage youth in strategies to improve school attendance, academic performance and positive behavior in school and in the community.
    • Promote the work of the Peace Hub in order to increase awareness of the Peace Hub to youth and their families in the North Lawndale community.
    • Assist in facilitating a specific leadership training program for a group of identified youth.
    • Help educate and support youth regarding responsible work behaviors as part of their participation in the supportive jobs programs.

    Duties & Responsibilities regarding Program Development

    • Participate in the development and implementation any new programs.
    • Assist in developing best practice standards related to documentation and process for programs.
    • Work with UCAN Quality Improvement and external collaborators to develop best practice standards within programs.

    Professionalism and Work Conduct:

    • Behaves with integrity, demonstrates high ethical standards, and displays a positive image of UCAN.
    • Behaves in professional manner at all times and maintains appropriate boundaries with clients and personnel.
    • Demonstrates accountability for results and keep commitments.

    Requirements:
    Education/Job Experience/Certification:

    • In progress of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or human service work required.
    • Previous experience working with high risk youth and communities, preferred.

    Special Knowledge and Qualifications:

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent multitasking and organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and part of a high functioning team.
    • Ability to work with diverse populations.

    18:VPS-003: INTERNSHIP – Violence Intervention & Prevention Services

    Department 360 Community
    Location 3605 W. Fillmore Street, Chicago, IL. 60624
    Shift

    Description:
    Violence Prevention Services (VPS) is UCAN’s bold new solution to the violence crisis plaguing Chicago’s communities. VPS seeks to transform young lives through programs promoting individual healing, self-empowerment and community transformation.

    The VPS Intern is responsible for providing support to the VPS project by assisting with program development, community mobilization, program management, and planning and coordination of community events. The intern must bring a strong social work and strength-based approach to working with youth.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
    Duties & Responsibilities in the Community

    • Establish mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations in order to facilitate learning and growth opportunities for program clients.
    • Promote the work of VPS in the North Lawndale community in an effort to engage and collaborate with other community organizations.
    • Assist in the development and coordination of community activities and events to promote resident involvement and community safety.

    Duties & Responsibilities regarding Direct Service

    • Support the Peace Hub Youth Advisory Board, comprised of youth in the community, designed to ensure that the youth have an active role in determining the needs of their community.
    • Using a strength-based approach, engage youth in strategies to improve school attendance, academic performance and positive behavior in school and in the community.
    • Promote the work of the Peace Hub in order to increase awareness of the Peace Hub to youth and their families in the North Lawndale community.
    • Assist in facilitating a specific leadership training program for a group of identified youth.
    • Help educate and support youth regarding responsible work behaviors as part of their participation in the supportive jobs programs.

    Duties & Responsibilities regarding Program Development

    • Participate in the development and implementation any new programs.
    • Assist in developing best practice standards related to documentation and process for programs.
    • Work with UCAN Quality Improvement and external collaborators to develop best practice standards within programs.

    Professionalism and Work Conduct:

    • Behaves with integrity, demonstrates high ethical standards, and displays a positive image of UCAN.
    • Behaves in professional manner at all times and maintains appropriate boundaries with clients and personnel.
    • Demonstrates accountability for results and keep commitments.

    Requirements:
    Education/Job Experience/Certification:

    • In progress of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or human service work required.
    • Previous experience working with high risk youth and communities, preferred.

    Special Knowledge and Qualifications:

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Excellent multitasking and organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and part of a high functioning team.
    • Ability to work with diverse populations.

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