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 youthprograms@gardenquarter.org. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the position. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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Nuestro Futuro Support

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have been chosen by The Chicago Community Trust’s Nuestro Futuro program! Their support will help to build our capacity and enhance our programming! Thank you so much for your support!

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Join us for our Garden Day and Picnic!

We’ll be planting our growing seedlings, planting flowers, getting our garden ready for summer, putting up a new garden sign, and sharing in a picnic!  There will even be prizes to win for all volunteers!

 

 

 

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