Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fellows Program for Undergraduates and Graduate Students Now Accepting Applications

Founded in 1971, Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) is a leading youth services agency that is based in Evanston, Illinois.  Y.O.U. provides a holistic set of services—afterschool and summer learning programs, mental health counseling, mentorship, and street outreach—that empower youth to realize their potential.  Each year, we serve 1,000 low-income youth, ages 8 to 21, and all of our services are provided at no cost.

Y.O.U. is seeking applicants for its Spring 2014 Impact Fellows Program.  Impact Fellows serve as youth workers and workshop leaders at Y.O.U.’s afterschool programs in Evanston and Skokie, IL.  This Fellowship offers undergraduate and graduate students an exciting opportunity to learn best practices, impact kids' lives, and prepare for a career in youth development, education, or the non-profit sector.

Fellows are asked to devote 12-15 hours a week to the program from January 27, 2013 through May 23, 2013 and are provided with a stipend of $700 to support their time. The highly selective Impact Fellowship is aimed at talented, motivated, and caring students who seek to:

1.  Make a Difference in the Lives of Youth
2.  Develop crucial career and life skills

Primary responsibilities of the Impact Fellow include:

  • Support youth three days a week by serving as youth workers and workshop leaders for Y.O.U.’s afterschool program
  • Help lead workshops on social and emotional enrichment and life skills
  • Develop, implement and facilitate academic, cultural, artistic and recreational enrichment activities
  • Deliver small group instruction and homework help in a safe and structured environment
  • Engage youth in meaningful service learning projects
  • Build positive relationships with youth that support their success and well-being in and out of school time
  • Help youth build healthy positive relationships with each other, with adults, and with their families
  • Actively pursue connections and build relationships with parents of Y.O.U. youth

In addition to their service, Impact Fellows will:

  • Receive training in youth development practices and strategies to support their work with youth
  • Have close supervision of their work and receive both formal and informal feedback to help them grow

 In general, the Impact Fellow should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience in and passion for youth services
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse group of team members and youth
  • Extraordinary teamwork and leadership skills
  • Passion for Y.O.U.'s mission of ensuring that all youth have the resources they need to thrive
  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility
  • Be actively seeking or have already obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Ability to commit to 3 weekday afterschool sessions, which run from 3:00 to 7:00 pm or 2:30 to 6:30 pm, per week

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please visit to apply. Contact for more information.

Y.O.U. also has open youth worker positions for students eligible for work study. If you are eligible for work study at your university and are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ariel Maschke at

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