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Assistant Teacher For Award-winning After-school Program

Cool Classics!

Oct. 22, 2018, 4:15 p.m. - Oct. 8, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Cool Classics!, an award-winning nationally recognized program, is seeking individuals interested in transforming children's lives through teaching. Cool Classics! uses book-based, arts-integrated curricula to improve literacy, develop critical-thinking skills and introduce children to the arts and humanities. Since 2006 we have been introducing elementary school children in under-served communities to the world of ideas.By focusing on close reading, rigorous discussion and deep analysis, we create a rich learning experience for our children that develops core competencies and enriches their understanding of literature, humanities, arts and culture while expanding their vocabulary in an engaging program. We hold our students to the highest academic standards and provide them with the tools for success.Position Responsibilities:The assistant teacher will work under the direction of the Lead Teacher serving as their assistant for a group of 20-25 K through 3rd grade students.Use the Cool Classics! curricula to help Lead Teacher with lively sessions as designed by the Lead Teacher to include:Daily reading of classic booksDirecting drama, dance and music activitiesDirecting art and writing projectsTeaching vocabulary and literary conceptsMaintaining lending libraryChaperoning field tripsWork with student helpers to ensure they understand their roles in the process of the day, and to help them growWork with students and their parents/legal guardians to improve academic performance, as well as social behaviorHelp administer, collect and analyze data from pre- and post-program testsHelp administer any and all surveysHelp with administrative work for field trips and other program needsEvaluate sessions to ensure student involvement and learningUse evaluation tools to determine students' achievementsDeveloped by an award-winning journalist and educator for small groups of public elementary school students in an after-school setting, Cool Classics! focuses on one classic book over a span of some 25 sessions. Each session begins with reading, followed by activities that relate back to the book’s themes and create the multi-faceted Cool Classics! experience.Various measures indicate that the majority of children who participate in Cool Classics! achieve:Increased enthusiasm for reading and improved reading skillsBetter reading comprehension and analysisMastery of vocabulary and literary termsImproved critical-thinking skillsExpanded understanding of: Literature, Humanities, Art, Dance, Drama, Music and PoetryAbility to link the arts and ideas to their own livesImproved social-emotional skills and behavior at school and at homeImproved scores on standardized testsThe video at briefly describes our work. Our website at offers more information, galleries of our children's art and photos of their activities, as well as an archive of our enewsletters.

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3712 N. Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60613

Serve On The Step Up Chicago Chapter Board

Step Up

Jan. 1, 2019, 1 a.m. - Dec. 31, 2020, 1 a.m.

Are you passionate about helping teen girls break barriers and take their seat at the table? Step Up is currently seeking board members to serve on the Chicago Chapter board, beginning in the 2019 term.Step Up Chapter boards are fundraising boards, working under the strategic direction of the Step Up National Board. As a board member, you will help us amplify our message, expand our network, and raise resources to help sustain and grow our programming. Our goal is to have served 8,000 teen girls by 2020--and you can be a part of that impact through board leadership!Board candidates do not need to be experts in mentoring or fundraising--we train you! Successful board members are passionate about propelling teen girls to fulfill their potential and gain access to college and careers, excited to make connections for Step Up to corporate and individual supporters, and eager to engage in the programs you’re helping support. Board terms begin in January 2019, and initial terms are 2 years.WHAT TO DO NEXT:Interested in learning more? Sign up for one of our upcoming Board Info Session webinars, which will overview the board position, outline next steps, and allow time for questions. May 14, 8-9am. Info and RSVP here: 1, 8-9am. Info and RSVP here: see Step Up in action, consider mentoring at our Career Connections Conference on April 28. Details and RSVP here: note that Step Up chapter boards are fundraising boards. Board members commit to an annual minimum give/get of $10,000, which includes an annual personal donation of $1000. Remaining funds are raised through corporate and grant dollars, event sponsorships and tickets, and individual donations. Prior fundraising experience or expertise is not required; Step Up's experienced board members and staff train and assist board members at each step in fundraising.

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20 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Social Media Intern

Aids Foundation Of Chicago

June 5, 2019, 1 a.m. - Aug. 31, 2019, 1 a.m.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking a creative and motivated individual to intern in its External Relations Department as a Social Media Intern. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while working at an active, upbeat non-profit.The Social Media Intern will intern directly with the Digital Communications Specialist. This internship will focus on AFC’s presence on social media sites, including Facebook and Instagram. The intern will learn how to curate and create content that inspires our target audience to engage more with AFC. The Social Media Intern will also have the opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy, and other issues related to AFC’s mission.This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills acquired in the educational setting and apply them in a professional setting. The intern will gain a better understanding of the role that social media can play in a non-profit setting and be better prepared to work in the field of nonprofit communications and marketing.The Social Media Intern will learn:Best practices for monitoring and posting on social networks;Workflow for social media communications;Effective strategies to increase AFC’s web traffic, brand awareness, and content engagement;How to write and create targeted content for AFC’s online presence;Tracking and analysis of social media networks;Effective communication of analytics.Qualifications:Current or recent enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate degree program;Extremely proficient in social media and online communications with documented Facebook and Instagram experience;Exceptional writing ability;Detail-oriented and self-motivated;Ability to work in a group setting;Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously;Proficient in Microsoft Office and internet applications;Experience volunteering with nonprofit organizations desired;Able to commit to a minimum of three months for this internship.This internship is unpaid (stipend available). Details will be provided during the interview process. AFC can also help interns obtain college credit, if available from your school. Interns will receive necessary training and staff supervision. The Social Media Internship requires at least 15 hours/week for a minimum of three months, although longer internships are preferred. Communications, Marketing, and Journalism majors are encouraged to apply.All candidates must submit a cover letter and resume, and completed application form, which can be found at: submit all application materials to:Email (preferred): Interns@aidschicago.orgMail: AFC Intern Program, 200 W Jackson Blvd, Ste 2100, Chicago, IL 60606

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200 W Jackson Blvd, Ste 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Summer Camp Volunteers Needed July 15-august 9

Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

July 15, 2019, 9:30 a.m. - Aug. 9, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Countdown to SUMMER CAMP! The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Caring for Kids Program (CFK) hosts an annual summer camp for kids with physical disabilities ages 7-17 and is in need of energetic, enthusiastic, committed and caring volunteers.The CFK Summer camp offers a range of adaptive sports and hands-on recreational activities, such as:Cubs Dream CampAdaptive SailingHidden Creek Water ParkRowing at the Lincoln Park Boat ClubTherapeutic Horseback RidingWheelchair Softball, Yoga, Laser Tag, and SO MUCH MORE!Camp runs Monday-Friday each week and volunteers are with participants from 10:00am-2:00pm. Additional time is required each day for before and after camp. These times vary on the program and locations. Volunteers should be able to commit between the hours of 8:30am-3:30pm for each day registered. Hours will change for volunteers each day depending on the activity/location, but will never be longer than 8:30am to 3:30pm.This community-based program takes place at locations throughout the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.READ ON FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO VOLUNTEER...Please follow the steps below in their entirety to become a registered volunteer. (Please note you may have to cut and paste links)1) Complete and submit the volunteer online application: Complete and submit the following CFK volunteer application: Complete the forms located in this link and return them to of ConductPhoto ReleaseLiability ReleaseParental Consent (minors only)Criminal Background Check (18+ years of age)**The Career Builder criminal background check will be submitted once we have submitted the majority of your forms. Volunteers who require the background check will be emailed a link. The Career Building criminal background check link is only valid for 48 hours after it has been sent out. Criminal background checks take 5-10 business days to clear (30 days if it is an international case). Once you clear, our Volunteer Services Department will email you.4) Attend Caring for Kids Summer Camp Orientation (only required for new volunteers).This listing is for two sessions of camp. Session I runs July 15-26 and is for kids ages 7-12. Session II runs July 29-August 9 and is for kids ages 13-17. Please note: Volunteers can choose to work with one or both sessions. We are seeking a minimum of 25 volunteers for each day of camp to ensure ample coverage and assistance for all participants. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 5 out of the 10 camp days within Session I or Session II.Summer Camp volunteer responsibilities include: Being actively involved and participate in program activities.If you are placed 1:1 with a participant or supervising a small group, you are responsible for those specific youth during the activity.Treat all campers, staff, volunteers, bus drivers, participants, equipment, facilities, and outside staff with respect.Aiding in pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside youth utilizing walkers.Acting as good role models and mentors and offer positive reinforcement.Making sure someone knows where you are at all times, bathroom, concessions, etc.Volunteers must stay within an arm’s length distance to their assigned participant or group at all times.Bringing an encouraging, enthusiastic and positive attitude - after all, camp is all about having a great time!Keeping participants engaged and safeWhat is Caring for Kids?Caring for Kids at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) is a dynamic program for any youth aged 7-17 who has a physical disability. The Caring for Kids program offers year-round adaptive sports, recreation, special events, and social activities. The programs are designed to foster a positive quality of life for participants through promoting physical fitness, independence, socialization, cultural activity, and adaptive programming resources.For more information about volunteering for the Caring for Kids Summer Camp, contact Ashley Gruenwald at or call 312-238-5005.

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Chicago, Illinois 60611