UYM Summer Staff Application

—Now accepting applications! —

Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Be a light in the city for young people
looking to make a difference in the city.

We’re glad you’re interested in joining our Urban Youth Mission summer staff!

The following provides an overview of the UYM program and staff responsibilities. There is then an application form for you to complete, which can be filled out online below. (You can also download, fill out, and mail a hardy copy of the form by clicking here.) Applications are due by Wednesday, January 15.

The Program
Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church hosts youth groups from around the country who are interested in experiencing urban mission and ministry in the third largest city in the United States. From a home base at the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue, groups explore a variety of neighborhoods in this diverse city, learn about the blessings and challenges of contemporary urban life, and engage in hands-on service. By partnering with local nonprofit organizations and social service providers, Fourth Church provides groups a week-long summer program of service learning opportunities addressing poverty, homelessness, hunger, violence, education, and pluralism.


Expectations of Summer Staff

  • Implement the Urban Youth Mission program and work well in a team
  • Participate in and lead group reflections and Bible studies
  • Lead groups on public transit to volunteer sites
  • Coordinate projects with partner service sites and their staff
  • Walk several miles daily and regularly lift up to 50 pounds
  • Be flexible, energetic, and a fast learner
  • Love working with youth
  • Be a leader and a servant
  • Have completed at least one year of college
  • Clear a background check


Visiting Youth Groups arrive on Sunday evening and depart Friday mornings.

Typical Week of UYM Summer Staff Activities

  • Sunday: Meet groups and help them get to the church if using public transit and prep for the coming week
  • Sunday Night: Lead Orientation and Opening Activity for UYM groups
  • Monday–Thursday: Lead programs and work with groups at service sites
  • Monday Evening: Assist in running Homelessness Simulation
  • Thursday Evening: Participate in Closing Worship with group
  • Friday: Morning Group Departures, Off Afternoon/Evening
  • Saturday: Off

 

2020 Summer Schedule Overview

  • May 27: Arrive for Orientation (move in between 12:003:00 p.m.)
  • June 1: Staff Training
  • June 7: UYM Week 1
  • June 14: UYM Week 2
  • June 21: UYM Week 3
  • June 28–July 1: UYM Junior High Half Week
  • July 5: UYM Week 4
  • July 12: UYM Week 5
  • July 19: UYM Week 6
  • July 26: UYM Week 7
  • UYM staff will be done August 1, 2020


Time Off
UYM is an intensive program; there will be limited opportunities for time off. Staff will be off Friday and Saturday, with exception of the staffer on call who will see the groups off that week.  Additionally Interns will have July 4th off. Otherwise staff will be present from first thing in the morning through the end of the evening programand meetings. 

Lodging
UYM interns will share a space within the church campus but separate from the visiting groups.

Meals
UYM interns may join groups for breakfast, packed lunches, and evening meals provided by UYM.

Honorarium
Summer staff will be paid $300 per week for 9.5 weeks

Transportation
Staff will be provided public transit cards. Cars are not needed, but if you do bring a car it will cost $17 per day to park in nearby garage.

Supervision
Staff will be supervised by Allie Green (312.274.3831), Director of Urban Youth Mission.


Application

Name

Email

Primary phone

Date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

School mailing address

Home mailing address

College

Major

Date of graduation

Emergency contact person and their contact information

 

Work Experience Information

Include volunteer experience if it is relevant to this position.

Place of employment

     Position title

     Dates of employment

     Responsibilities

 

 

Place of employment

     Position title

     Dates of employment

     Responsibilities

 

 

Place of employment

     Position title

     Dates of employment

     Responsibilities

 

References

Urban Youth Ministry requires four references. At least one of your references should be able to speak to your leadership skills and how you relate to teenagers.

 

Professional Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

Personal Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

Church Pastor Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

 

 

UYM Summer Interns are expected to be available the entire season. We have a small staff and everyone’s presence is essential. If you will need to be gone during the summer for any time period that would conflict with the work week, please indicate that here, including date and time and commitment.

 

Questions

Please write at least a paragraph in response to each of the following questions. If your answers are longer than the space allowed here, please email them to Allie Green at agreen@fourthchurch.org.

Describe your previous experiences with church mission trips.

 

Tell us about any current involvement you have with a church or faith community. Please share a brief statement of faith and explain how it applies to mission, service, and justice.


What do you hope to gain from this experience?


Describe specific gifts or talents you have that would be particularly valuable to the UYM team (e.g., music, language, writing, art, leadership, etc.).


Describe a time that you worked with a diverse group of people.


Describe your experience working with youth and youth ministry.

 

Please tell us how you heard about Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church.


Again, if your answers are longer than the space allowed here, please email them to Allie Green at agreen@fourthchurch.org. Once you have completed the above form, please click Submit below.


Thank you for applying to join our Urban Youth Mission summer staff!
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For more information, contact Allie Green, Urban Youth Mission Director (agreen@fourthchurch.org; 312.274.3831).