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Children's Home and Aid Youth Advocate - Excellence Academy (Part-Time) in Chicago, Illinois


Children’s Home & Aid invites you to join our team of mission-driven staff who share a common vision: an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities. As a leading child and family service agency with more than 20 locations across Illinois, our mission is to advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality.

Our part-time staff receive competitive hourly rates and have flexible schedules. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for fostering an inclusive work culture where we can be our authentic selves, where we create and have equitable opportunities, and where our voices are supported and encouraged.

As a Youth Advocate, you will play an integral role in the success of the Excellence Academy ( , which provides daily after-school programming for at-risk youth (age 8 and older) being served by the Illinois foster care system. In collaboration with a team of case managers and the Youth & Family Support Specialist, the Youth Advocate is responsible for maintaining supportive relationships with youth and helping to coordinate program activities that promote positive self-esteem and overall health.

What you'll do:

  • Assist with coordination of daily program activities.

  • Provide daily mentoring, tutoring, positive support for youth in care.

  • Participate in client-related meetings as assigned, including Child & Family Team meetings, clinical staffings, and IEPs and other school meetings.

  • Work collaboratively with youth, foster parents, and other service providers to help ensure the stability of foster care placements.

  • Participate in the development of assessments, service plans, and quarterly reporting.

  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of services and client data, and record data in client database as needed.

  • Transport youth to program activities, as scheduled.

Who you are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field plus three years' related experience working with youthORHigh School Diploma/GED plus at least five years' related experience working with youth.

  • Ability to build effective relationships with foster youth and their families, and an interest in working with adolescents and teens.

  • Understanding of trauma and its impact on development.

  • Effective and proactive problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours when necessary for program activities.

  • A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of auto insurance required.

The details:

  • Location: Community-based position in Metro Chicago, with some office-based and school-based work.

  • Schedule: 20 hours/week; Monday to Friday (mostly afternoons).

  • Hourly: Range starts at $16/hour, offers are commensurate with experience.

Where you work matters.

You’re considering a new position, so no one knows better than you that where you work matters. We believe that by building diverse teams of passionate advocates for youth and families, we can continue to show up for Illinois families, putting those families at the center of every decision, and strengthening the communities where we all work, play, and live together. (More about who we are here.)

We invite you to become an active member of a team that supports, inspires, and challenges each other, and grow your career in an organization that celebrates emerging leaders and provides development and training opportunities aligned with your individual goals and aspirations. If you are looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work, including raising your voice to disrupt the status quo, we encourage you to apply today.

Review our agency’s blueprint for impact:




  • High School or better


  • Bachelors or better in Human Services



  • 3 years: Experience working with youth

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)