Egan Schools Project Assistants - Service Scholars
Must be an Undergraduate student
Must be available during the school day hours 8 am- 5:30 pm twice a week
Mandatory professional development once a month
*About The Egan Office:
The Egan Office believes that schools are important community institutions that can contribute to and benefit from an asset-based approach to community building and development. The Egan school partnership program is a community service work-study program that allows DePaul University students to serve in Chicago’s most under-resourced schools providing classroom assistance, tutoring, mentoring, and supplemental enrichment activities. In the tradition of Monsignor Egan, Egan student employees also learn about issues that impact communities and engage directly in action research, planning and programming aimed at addressing critical urban problems, alleviating poverty, and promoting social justice.
EPAs support the School Community Organizer (SCO) in the planning, development, and implementation of three school projects per year, one per quarter. These projects are led by the SCO and supported by the EPAs. The projects are a team contribution to the school, families, and/or community.
Egan Project Assistants (EPAs) contribute to the planning, development and implementation of special enrichment activities such as science fairs, debate club, chess club, soccer teams, Spanish language instruction, dance classes, or other activities. EPAs must have excellent attendance, a willingness to travel to schools and other sites by public transportation, and must commit to work in their assigned school for at least one academic year (three DePaul quarters excluding summer term).*
- Support the School Community Organizer (SCO) in the planning, development, and implementation of three school projects per year, one per quarter. These projects are led by the SCO and supported by the EPAs. The projects are a team contribution to the school, families, and/or community.
- Ensure excellent in-person school assistance such as after-school, recess support, mentoring, family engagement, or tutoring (only if interested and approved by the principal).
- Provide between 10 -12 hours per week in school service. Complete a maximum of 12 hours a week combined with team meetings and professional development during 8 to 9 weeks of the fall, winter and spring terms. No summer.
- Attend and actively participate in mandatory monthly in-person, two hour professional development. Ensure the schedule does not conflict with these events.
- Participate in mandatory, regular meetings with the School Community Organizer and team and maintain strong communication.
- Participate in an Egan Office committee for a commitment of 1 hour a week on average.
- Adhere to all policies and procedures as determined by DePaul University, The Egan Office and the Steans Center, and the assigned school(s).Complete all onboarding and compliance documents from Egan and Steans Center within 30 days.
- Maintain confidentiality and adhere to mandated policies and procedures regarding child neglect and abuse.
- Share my gifts and talents with the Egan Office.
- Other duties as assigned.
*As an Egan Office Service Scholar you must:
- Be willing to commit to 10-12 hours per week for the entire school year (fall, winter, spring) including work at your assigned school, team meeting, professional development and training.
- Be eligible for federal financial aid, or DACA. * DACAmented students are eligible and encouraged to apply!
- Be a full- or part-time DePaul University student, 18 years or older.
- Be willing to provide your own transportation or use public transportation to your assigned school (off campus).
- Complete a TB test.
- Complete child protection/child abuse reporting training and criminal background checks.
- Be flexible in working with young students in public schools with limited resources.
- Have a positive enthusiastic attitude as a role model for young children and youth.
- Be open to learning new perspectives about education, community-building and social justice.
- Be able and willing to work with and learn from people of diverse backgrounds.
- Be able to work well both independently and as a team member.
- Be punctual with an excellent attendance record.
- Have strong organizational skills as well as written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
- Previous experience with children and youth preferred.
- Bilingual is a plus but is not required*
- Up to $5000
- Steans Center - Urban Schools Initiative Program
- Supplemental Questions
- How did you hear about this opportunity?
- Why do you want to join the Egan Urban Schools Initiative, and how will it contribute to your learning and development as a student along with your future professional goals?
- Are you willing to commit to working the fall, winter, and spring terms with your assigned school?
- Would you be willing to submit to complete child protection/child abuse reporting training, TB Test, finger printing and criminal background checks?
- Describe your background experience with community service or service learning. If that experience took place in Chicago, please specify.
- Do you have previous experience with young children or youth?
- Please describe any prior experience working with children or young adults?
- Are you comfortable using the CTA public transportation system in Chicago to navigate the entire city?
- Steans Center Participation
- Have you or are you currently participating in a Steans Center program?
- Please list the program(s).
- Availability & Transportation
- I understand that it will be my responsibility to provide my own transtportation to and from the work site whether or not this involves the use of my own personal vehicle of public transportation.
- Please indicate the time you are available to work on Friday.
- Please indicate the time you are available to work on Mondays.
- Please indicate the time you are available to work on Thursday.
- Please indicate the time you are available to work on Tuesdays.
- Please indicate the time you are available to work on Wednesdays.
- Please provide the Full Name, Relationship To You and Contact Phone number of two references.
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