Employment at GCYC

Youth Worker - Youth Development Programming

Reports To

Program Director


Part Time, Limited Term Employee


Monday - Friday, 3:00 - 7:00pm

Position Summary

Youth Worker provides for Gary Comer Youth Center (GCYC) members (ages 10-18) youth development programs in a variety of areas such as academic support, the arts, leadership development, social development or life skills. The Youth Worker is also responsible for the management of program areas and equipment. The position reports to the Associate Program Director.

Qualifications & Requirements
  • Flexible schedule for evening and weekend hours; works extended hours for summer program
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of youth development/programming principles.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills,
  • Demonstrate an understanding of guidance and discipline principles as well as conflict resolution strategies.
  • Must demonstrate cultural competency, dedication to working with youth, families and community members in our care.
  • Strong competency in Microsoft office suite and use of the internet.
Functions & Responsibilities
  • Designs and Implements and /or manages a variety of GCYC programs as well as the ability to run gender specific programming, social & leadership development programming.
  • Maintains program visuals including flyers and bulletin boards.
  • Maintains program equipment and inventory.
  • Attends all required staff meetings and trainings.
  • Responsible for serving as a youth development coach for 10-15 youth.
  • Required to develop program plans; complete program evaluations and all other necessary reporting.
  • Assist in the organization and implementation of youth related special activities/events, as well as spring break & specialty camps
  • Special projects as assigned by the Associate Program Director or the Senior Program Director.
Experience & Education
  • Two plus years of experience working directly with youth and program development preferred. Youth development certification a plus
Physical Work Requirements
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to walk and be physically active throughout the day
  • Standing and movement with youth during programs, field trips and special events throughout the day

Comer Education Campus:  With a comprehensive approach surrounded by inspiring state-of-the-art facilities, the Comer Education Campus is devoted to guiding young people to and through college and into adult life. Our campus constitutes a unique partnership between Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, Gary Comer Middle School, and the college success initiative UtmostU.  The campus serves over 1700 youth from across Chicago’s South Side, offering out-of-school time enrichment, academic enhancement, and college success programs.  Working with best-in-class partner organizations, we empower young people with tools they need to earn a college degree and reach their full potential in life.  For more information, please visit: http://comereducationcampus.org/ and http://garycomeryouthcenter.org/