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Before/After School Program Instructor

At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly-trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges facing Chicago’s youth. We meet kids where they are — physically and emotionally — to help them focus on their education, make positive choices, and remain on the right path toward life success.

Founded in 1924, Youth Guidance is a leading provider of outcomes-driven programs serving more than 11,000 youth while touching the lives of more than 14,000 youth, parents, teachers, and community members.

Each Day Enjoy:

Instructing, supervising, engaging and ensuring the safety of before and/or after school students as well as assisting the Community Resource Coordinator in promoting programs and performing other rewarding responsibilities as assigned at the school.

Available School Locations:

  • Bogan
  • Cameron Elementary School
  • Carver
  • Fenger
  • Uplift
  • Dubois
  • Edison
  • Ravenswood (7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.) and/or afternoons (3:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.)

Youth Guidance, at each of our prime locations has a dynamic team of skilled instructors passionate about engaging students and creating a fun and supportive before* or after school*l environment. We are seeking enthusiastic and responsible candidates that enjoy working with groups of students and are flexible team-players.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Supervise, instruct, plan lessons, and lead activities for students enrolled in the after school programs and promote the values of Youth Guidance and your assigned school
  • Write and implement 2-3 lessons per week in subjects of our choosing, where you can share your skills and talents with students
  • Maintain behavioral expectations for students in keeping with established methods and procedures
  • Assist students of varying ability with homework and other projects
  • Escort students to and from programs, following the established after school schedule
  • Assist in the distribution of publications and additional information used to promote the programs and various enrichment programs as offered
  • Provide support to the regular school day administration and staff
  • Provide conflict resolution with students
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications


  • High School diploma or GED. Associate's degree, Bachelor's degree or student working towards a degree preferred
  • Experience working with school-aged children strongly preferred
  • Experience working in a school setting or working with groups of 15-25 people preferred


  • Ability to understand the policies, procedures, and general organizational structure of the Chicago Public Schools
  • Ability to be proactive with projects and follow through in a timely manner with an end result that adheres to the Resource Coordinators' vision
  • Ability to be flexible with program assignments and make changes to projects and proposals on the fly
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in conflict resolution




Critical Thinking



Conflict Resolution

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and stand for sustained periods of time, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, and occasionally stand, bend, stoop, kneel and crouch.
  • The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, and viewing a computer terminal.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Additional Information

The duties performed are primarily in a school setting. Occasional need for local travel. Vaccination is required.

DEI Statement

At Youth Guidance, we understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are fundamental to realizing our vision of bright and successful futures for all young people. We celebrate the diversity of youth and recognize them as empowered leaders, problem-solvers, and experts of their own experiences. At the same time, we acknowledge that many systems and institutions meant to support youth are inequitable and unjust.

As such, we are committed to advancing DE&I through our words and our actions, both internally and externally, by:

  • Strengthening cultural competence as well as policies, practices, and organizational structures that foster belonging and leverage the unique backgrounds and talents of staff;
  • Offering youth-centered programs that are accessible and responsive to people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, language, and cultural and religious beliefs and practices;
  • Influencing systems that youth, their families and communities are impacted by, such as schools, organizational networks, governmental bodies, researchers, and the funding community, to apply approaches that embrace DEI in addressing the needs and supporting the aspirations of young people.

Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Youth Guidance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL