YEP Facilitator/IMPACT Support Specialist Opportunity|
The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services and advocacy, the efforts
of people with arrest and criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
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This position supports two (2) programs:
YEP and an after-school activities program, IMPACT.
Youth Empowerment Program (YEP): Using the Saferís Basic Skills methodology as the backbone of classroom procedures, the Facilitator stimulates scholastic improvement in Saferís client population. The Facilitator is expected to confidently guide class participants in their efforts to achieve basic competence in mathematics, reading and writing. The Facilitator subscribes to and utilizes the peer and group learning techniques inherent in the Safer Basic Skills Methodology.
The Facilitator provides a unique opportunity to employ academic training and peer-teaching to our clients in an unstructured and non-traditional learning environment. This training is holistic in its integration of the practical aspects of academic tasks with interpersonal skills relevant to the work place.
IMPACT: The Support Specialist works as part of the IMPACT team to provide direct services (including transportation), counsels participants towards accomplishments of case plan goals, provides positive role modeling and actively participates in all program activities including recreation. Works to create engaging and non-threatening environment-utilizing evidence based practice approaches to promote attendance and the attainment of successful outcomes.
The Support Specialist works as part of the IMPACT team to provide direct client services (including transportation), counsels participants toward accomplishment of case plan goals, provides positive role modeling and actively participates in all program activities including recreation.
YEP Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Stimulates scholastic improvement in our client population and is expected to guide class participants in their efforts to achieve basic competence in mathematics, reading and writing
Subscribes to and utilizes the peer and group learning techniques inherent in Safer`s Basic Skills Methodology
Addresses conflict management, attention span, impulse control, habit formation and other barriers to learning through a vigorous, interactive method of instruction
YEP Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Exceptional verbal and computational skills
Knowledge of and ability to prepare lesson plans
Ability to maintain composure under stress and to employ insight and creativity in interpersonal communication
Ability to work in stressful situations, in a fast-paced environment that experiences frequent short-term changes
IMPACT Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Assist in developing participant case plans, record daily activity notes; enter information into Saferís (AXIOM) database system and compile statistical information as required
Contact will be maintained with juvenile court services to update on participant progress and with schools and other community agencies to gather information to aid in case planning
Work to create an engaging and non-threatening environment Ė utilizing evidence based practice approaches/ techniques to promote regular attendance and the attainment of successful outcomes
IMPACT Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of best practice approaches and validated interventions including Aggression Replacement Training, Cognitive Restructuring and Carey Guides
Knowledge of behavior management techniques utilized as a means to teach appropriate social interaction, self-discipline, and control
Ability to work independently and with a team as well as the ability to multi-task, problem-solve, organize and pay attention to details including the ability to work well under pressure
Demonstrated ability to communicate and work appropriately with clients, peers, supervisors and external partners, as needed
Represent Safer with community groups as appropriate and attend community events, as designated
Excellent communication (oral, written/interpersonal) and critical thinking skills
Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite including the ability to prepare client notes and maintain them in an electronic database
Education and Experience for both Programs:
Bachelorís Degree in a related discipline or equivalent experience
2 yearsí successful teaching GED to adults/youth
2 yearsí work experience working with young people in the criminal justice system and at-risk youth
All positions are Full-Time (40-hours/week) and located in the Chicago Metropolitan area, unless otherwise specified.
Safer Foundation is a drug-free workplace.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Veterans
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About Safer Foundation
Safer's mission is to reduce recidivism by supporting, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community.
Adding contributing family members...
and positive role models back into our communities helps strengthen neighborhoods and tackle a pillar of poverty often overlooked. With its focused approach to providing employment assistance to people with criminal records, Safer Foundation has a long history of helping reduce recidivism in Illinois. When they achieve gainful employment, our clients have a recidivism rate of just 13 percent, a considerable drop from the statewide average of 52 percent.
By keeping people from returning to prison...
Safer Foundation provides considerable relief to the stateís economy, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Illinois pays over $22,000 per year to incarcerate each inmate. When our clients find employment, they no longer become a drain on the economy and instead become valuable contributors. With over 2,700 job starts in 2009, Safer Foundation saved the state more than $59 million. For over three decades now, Safer Foundation has been at the forefront of prisoner reentry. We look forward to expanding our offerings to those who need us most.
A Consistent Advocate
Safer Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, began providing employment, educational, and supportive services for individuals with criminal records in 1972. With headquarters in Chicago, Safer Foundationís staff of nearly 350 assists clients in 20 facilities throughout Illinois and eastern Iowa.
Aside from the stigma of a criminal record, Saferís clients face additional barriers to employment, such as lack of education, substance abuse issues and little experience in the work world. At the same time, communities face sizable increases in the number of returning individuals with approximately 600,000 people being released from U.S. prisons annually.
Safer Foundationís primary focus remains on finding gainful employment for its clients. However, Safer has expanded its offerings over the past three decades to include additional programs and services, such as housing, substance abuse treatment, education and life skills.
In 1976, Safer Foundation expanded service delivery into Rock Island, Ill., in response to the need for services in that area of the state. In 1978, Governor Robert Ray of Iowa personally invited Safer to deliver services to Iowa parolees and probationers in Davenport when he realized many were seeking Saferís services across the border in Illinois.
That same year, Safer Foundation agreed to operate and administer a 60-bed residential work release facility on behalf of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Today, Safer Foundation -- the only non-profit private organization to manage adult transition centers for IDOC -- provides secure oversight and services to over 500 males in two residential facilities located on the west side of Chicago.
The purpose of these centers is to give individuals nearing release from Illinois supervision the support and services necessary to re-establish ties to family, employment, and community.
Safer Foundation also established a Public Policy and Advocacy Program to supplement direct client services. This initiative strives to identify and reduce the systematic barriers to employment through broad-based coalition building and advocacy.
For nearly 40 years, Safer Foundation has attracted a broad base of funder support from individuals, private foundations and the public sector. Safer also receives numerous requests from international, national, state and local government officials seeking Saferís expertise regarding policies and programs that promote successful reentry.
As it looks to enter its fifth decade of existence, Safer continues to strive for reduced recidivism rates, increased public safety, and an enhanced likelihood of crime-free self-sufficiency for its clients and their families.
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