The mission of Chicago HOPES for Kids is to provide shelter-based educational support for children living in Chicago's homeless shelters. We provide a welcoming space at each shelter where students receive homework help, literacy, and enrichment services to succeed academically.
Chicago HOPES for Kids currently has tutoring programs at 8 shelters in Chicago and provides services to over 100 children, 3-4 afternoon/evenings per week with over 150 volunteers participating each year. Chicago HOPES for Kids is seeking VISTA members who have an interest in helping children who are experiencing homelessness succeed in school, while working to enhance the HOPES program and create a model for organizational sustainability and program expansion. The goal of our project is threefold:
To expand the Chicago HOPES for Kids academic and enrichment program to additional shelters in Chicago; to strengthen and further develop the structure and components of our existing program; and to create a sustainable model for community outreach and diversify our volunteer opportunities. Candidates for this position will help in the areas of volunteer recruitment and retention, partnerships, public relations, and program development. The most crucial parts of the project will be to build long-term sustainability through the identification and establishment of ongoing sources for volunteers and community partners, while enhancing the math and literacy components of the program as well and developing programs at additional shelters.
As we expand to other shelters in Chicago, volunteers will be critical to the success of the program. VISTA members will work to foster community awareness for Chicago HOPES for Kids, our mission, and the issue of child homelessness. They will identify and help establish partnerships with local universities, community organizations, and businesses; and develop a STEM curriculum and methods for data collection and program evaluation.
Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours . Service Areas :
Homelessness , Children/Youth , Education . Skills :
Counseling , Youth Development , Fine Arts/Crafts , Team Work , Community Organization , Education , Teaching/Tutoring .