Youth Coordinator

Programs - Independent Living

BASIC FUNCTION:

The Youth Coordinator works within the READY (Realizing Education and Advancement for Disabled Youth) and the ROD (Reaching our Dreams) Program. The Youth Coordinator is responsible for assisting youth with disabilities in preparing for transition out of high school. The coordinator educates youth on Independent Living skills and preparing for employment and/or continuing education.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Describe responsibilities and tasks

  • Facilitate eleven-week long Reaching Our Dreams workshops on independent living topics for youth enrolled in the READY program
  • Work with students aged 14-22 years old in Chicago Schools that are enrolled in Access Living’s READY program and Fast Track program:
    • Maintain relationships with job readiness programs and Division of Rehab Services throughout Chicago
    • Maintain relationships with college admissions and disability services offices in the Chicago area
    • Develop and maintain relationships with CPS administrative staff and school teams
    • Connect students to services provided by the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership and other entities for supports with Independent Living, employment, and continuing education.
    • Facilitate Teen’N Transition (TNT) curriculum that focuses on educating youth about Independent Living skills, continuing education options and steps, and work ready skills
    • Consult with and assist each student regarding disability related issues they will need to manage in order to be successful (e.g. accommodation needs, medication management, etc.)
    • Organize informational sessions for parents
    • Assist students with college admissions and employment paperwork
    • Organize site visits to area colleges
    • Organize site visits to work readiness programs and job sites
    • Connect students to applicable services such as benefits counseling
    • Participate in annual college and transition fairs for people with disabilities
    • Conduct disability awareness trainings for program partners as needed
    • Track program results and report on program progress.
    • Complete monthly billing
    • Complete intakes
    • Complete Division of Rehab Service paperwork
    • Create a goal for each consumer
    • Complete pre and post tests
    • Complete reports as needed
  • When needed: assist in performing travel training with students when utilizing public transportation.
  • Maintain Access Living database system for each consumer enrolled
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING:

College degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE:

Employee must have basic knowledge of disability rights laws and experience in the field of independent living, disability rights and self-determination movements. Good presentation, written and communication skills needed.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Must be able to travel within Cook County.

EQUIPMENT OPERATED:

Computer, telephone, fax, copier and printer

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

Office space comprised of cubicles of co-workers who mostly surrounded by windows.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

No affiliations are necessary.

NO. OF EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY SUPERVISED:

Zero.

SUPERVISED BY:

Manager-Youth and Employment Institute