Registration Night 4-6pm

We will be having our annual Registration Night tonight!  Wednesday, August 13th from 4-6pm!

During that time, families come to register their students with our after-school program (for free) and in return, students receive a free backpack full of school supplies (thanks to The Chapel of McHenry!)

This year, we’ll also be inviting the McHenry Public Library, Community Coordinated Child Care, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Families ETC, and the Latin American Student Organization of McHenry West Campus.

Thank You to The Chapel!

A HUGE thank you to Mary Frank and The Chapel for your donations of backpacks full of supplies! Our students are eagerly awaiting to receive theirs and to see what’s inside! Your community support is such a blessing to our students and families. Thank you thank you!!

We’re Hiring

We are currently seeking a Parent Program Facilitator!

As the Parent Program Facilitator you will oversee our Parent Program. You will report directly to the Executive Director and work with our Youth Programs Manager to ensure quality programming for our community. See below for more information:

Required hours:

  • Position begins August of 2014
  • Host monthly parent meetings; third Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm
  • Host office hours on a regular basis
  • Other responsibilities can be completed either at the Garden Quarter office or at home.
  • Total hours: 24 hours per month

Background & Experience

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Experience working with a social agency, specifically with youth and families preferred

Job Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Initiate, organize and implement all aspects of the Parent Program activities and core elements: monthly educational meetings for parents, regular office hours, assistance for families in accessing community resources
  • Update parents on youth programming events
  • Alert parents of upcoming meeting events and track parent attendance
  • Keep open communication with Youth Programs Manager regarding Parent Program updates
  • Track and provide program data to Executive Director
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment within the program
  • Assist the Executive Director in maintaining community partnerships
  • Assist families in accessing community resources
  • Remain flexible to the needs of the program and organization

Skills & Specifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Self-starter and able to work independently
  • Excellent listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills
  • Commitment and respect for diversity
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals
  • Knowledge of McHenry County community agencies and resources a plus
  • Ability to demonstrate interactive skills with children and adults
  • Basic data entry skills needed
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Application, Resume, & Cover Letter

Applicants meeting the above requirements: please fill out our Parent Program Facilitator Application and email resumes and cover letters to Only email applications are accepted.

Thank you to Garden Day Participants!

Garden Day was rousing success, thanks to all our volunteers and community members. Volunteers and students, plus their young siblings, prepared the garden for this summer’s growing season by tilling, planting seeds, and transplanting seedlings. Others beautified the front beds with wildflower seeds and lots of sunflowers. This annual event capped off our Volunteer Appreciation Week, but we will never stop thanking them for for their hard work and generosity.


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Youth Program Internship Opportunity

We’re looking for a Youth Program Intern!

First, learn about us.

 We are the Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center (GQNRC). We operate a resource center in the Garden Quarter Apartments in McHenry, IL. The community we serve is low-income and predominantly Latino. We currently run youth programs that involve after-school tutoring, one-on-one mentoring through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, group mentoring programs, and a gardening curriculum throughout the summer months. Our youth also receive free resources such as backpacks, snacks, and access to community agencies. We also work with parents by providing office hours with our bi-lingual Parent Program Manager and monthly parent meetings that include topics such as child literacy and parenting techniques. We are also preparing to offer English classes and computer literacy classes for our parents.

 Sound interesting? Want to get involved?

 Perfect! Because we’re looking for a Youth Program intern! [Applications due by May 31st]

 As the Youth Program Intern, you will report to the Youth Programs Manager (YPM). You will assist the YPM in overseeing after-school and summer programming.

While you’re working with us, you might be doing work that would include any (or all) of the following:

  • Playing games, reading with, and hanging out with kids!
  • Supervising after-school and/or summer programming
  • Supervising program volunteers
  • Assisting with volunteer trainings
  • Assisting with fundraising events
  • Assisting with programming and community activities and events
  • Assisting with planning of programming activities
  • Taking student and volunteer attendance and maintaining attendance records

 What would make you a good candidate?

 If you have the following experience, skills, or characteristics either in a professional or volunteer setting:

  • Enthusiastic, flexible, and energetic (you’ll be working with students in 1st grade through high school!)
  • Experience working with youth
  • Experience working with a social agency, specifically with youth and families is a plus
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Strong communication skills: writing, on the phone, and in person
  • Passionate about non-for-profit work, K-12 education, and/or community services

 What’s in it for you?

We are a small not-for-profit organization and cannot currently offer monetary compensation; however, we can offer you a lot of great experience:

  • Understanding of not-for-profit operations
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Experience planning a project from start through to completion
  • Experience hosting volunteer trainings
  • A great opportunity to expand your network in the McHenry County community and nonprofit community
  • A chance to give back to your community in a meaningful and personal way
  • An opportunity to move into a paid position

 What’s the time commitment?

 We are looking for someone willing to commit to three months or more for about 5-10 hours per week depending on your desired level of involvement. Most responsibilities will be completed during programming hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 2:30-5:00, Thursdays from 2:30-6:00, and Fridays from 2:30-4:30.  Some responsibilities can be completed outside of this time, completed on your schedule in your home or at our office. Office space and a computer will be provided to interns during GQNRC operational hours – (generally 2:30-5:30 Monday through Friday). Meetings will take place at the GQNRC office.

 I’m in! Now what?

 Send us an updated resume and cover letter. Even if your resume doesn’t display your passion or experience well, don’t worry: we read all cover letters carefully and strongly consider their content. Tell us why you think you’re a good fit for our organization and what you are hoping to get out of the experience.

Please fill out our Youth Program Intern Application. In addition, send your resume and cover letter to Licia at Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the position. We look forward to hearing from you!