Disability Justice Mentoring Collective (DJMC)- YIELD Coordinator

Department: Independent Living - Community Supports


Position Summary: This is a full-time position created to coordinator the DJMC and YIELD program. In regards to DJMC, the Coordinator will connect 30 young adults with disabilities ages 12-24 with an adult mentor who also has a disability, or is well versed in the disability community. The pair will meet for at least one year and the coordinator will oversee this relationship. The Coordinator will recruit mentors and mentees, and work with schools and families to help youth participate achieve increased empowerment and disability pride. In regard to the YIELD program, the coordinator will develop youth leadership, and advocacy trainings to youth with disabilities, ages 16-24. Work with 1-2 schools per quarter to conduct 1-2 groups a week, for 4 weeks, to teach disability awareness, leadership and community organizing trainings.
Responsibilities:
DJMC program:
· Recruit adult mentors with disabilities or with disability experience;
· Recruit young adults ages 13-18 with disabilities living in Chicago;
· Coordinate with school staff and parents to achieve successful monthly group meetings and individual meetings;
· Increasing all participants’ knowledge of the disability rights movement and how it relates to their lives, to the civil and human rights movements;
· Providing participants with the opportunity to explore issues related to race, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age and class, examining them individually, in various combinations and how they relate to disability; and
· Supporting the youth in gaining an increased level of comfort with their sense of self and their disabilities;
· Network with the Chicago Public Schools and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) for recruiting mentees;
· Ensure that all appropriate paperwork is completed for the program; Access Living intake, background checks, mandated reporter, CANTS form, etc.
· Enter information appropriately in databases systems;
· To ensure all materials are available in accessible formats and in other languages (ex. Spanish) as requested;
· To identify and securing training site locations;
· Identify speakers and facilitators for different training events;
· To assist with the creation/replication/dissemination of training materials, including a facilitators guide;
· Staff makes sure that the Mentor mentee pairs are having a minimum of two-two hour support contacts a month;
· Staff will input data entry on all DFSS youth and program information into the database system:
o Youth enrollment and daily youth attendance, completed on a daily basis.
o Upload documents into the data system: yearly work plan, semi-annual report, and DFSS youth intake forms, program schedule, monthly calendars, attendance reports, and biannual outcome report.
· Other duties as assigned

YEILD Program:

· Work with youth 14-21 years old.
· Lead 1-2 groups a quarter. These groups will run 1 time a week for 3-4 weeks depending on the material the teacher requests
· Groups will be lead at Access Living
· These groups will do the following:
o Assisting youth with disabilities in developing their leadership and organizing skills through experiential, action-oriented learning;
o Increasing participant’s knowledge of the disability rights movement and how it relates to their lives, to the civil and human rights movements, as well as the importance of cross-disability, cross-community organizing;
o Providing participants with the opportunity to explore issues related to race, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age and class, examining them individually, in various combinations and how they relate to disability; and
o Supporting the youth in gaining an increased level of comfort with their sense of self and their disabilities.
· Create documents and maintain database for each consumer.
· Work with Chicago Public School system to identify schools and classroom to participate in the program.
· Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Minimum educational background required
Preferred bachelor’s degree. Knowledgeable and experience in different computer programs. CPR and First Aid certified, or able to become certified within the first 30 days of hire. Staff must complete a Federal Fingerprint Background Check, online Mandated Reporter certification, Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System (CANTS) and National Sex registry prior to employee start date. CANTS, Mandated Report, and the NSOR will be conducted on a yearly basis.

EXPERIENCE: Length of time required to develop skills for acceptable performance
Organizing experience, history of working with youth, public speaking and group facilitation skills are required. Familiarity with the disability rights movement and/or independent living movement is also preferred. Has organizational skills, has the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, and has the ability to recognize when there is a problem. Ability to monitor/assess performance of self, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. Has good judgment and decision making skills. Is able to consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Nature and extent of standing, stooping, lifting and walking.

EQUIPMENT OPERATED:
Specific equipment, machines, devices and work aids
Computers, printers, copiers, faxes
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Identify work area and any of its unpleasant elements
Access Living shared office space. Trainings will be held on Saturdays and/or on weekday evenings. This position is for 40 hours a week.

NO. OF EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY SUPERVISED:
None.
SUPERVISED BY:
Manager-Youth and Employment Institute

Interested candidates should email, mail or fax a resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
Access Living
115 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
fax : 312-787-3866
careers@accessliving.org