AmeriCorps Project YES! member

Adventure Stage Chicago / Chicago, IL

Position status: Full-time
Position reports to: Education Manager (Primary) & Producing Artistic Director (Secondary)

Adventure Stage Chicago, the participatory arts program of the Northwestern Settlement, creates and tells heroic stories about and for young people through theatre. AmeriCorps Project YES! (Youth, Education, and Service), another program of the Northwestern University Settlement House, connects caring adults with youth in the West Town community through mentorship, educational, service, artistic, and recreational activities to support their academic achievement. Adventure Stage Chicago’s AmeriCorps Project YES! member will serve over the 2019-2020 service year both with Adventure Stage and also as part of the larger AmeriCorps Project YES! Cohort. The ASC AmeriCorps Project YES! member will work with members of the ASC Education staff in classroom, afterschool, and theater performance settings. This member will also have the opportunity to assist in the Education Office with the creation and facilitation of lobby installations, learning guides, professional development workshops, curtain conversations, and other education and community programming.

Responsibilities Include:

Serve primarily in the ASC Education office supporting the following areas:
• Assist with our school residency program, Neighborhood Bridges.
• Assist with our community and afterschool programs as needed
• Assist in the creation of learning guides and interactive lobby installations
• Engage with teachers and schools during our school matinees
• Facilitate curtain conversations and lobby installations before and after performances
• Help coordinate and prep for workshops and residencies
• Creative updates to art work and craft projects in the backstage areas

• Attend weekly AmeriCorps Project YES! member development workshops
• Collaborate with fellow Corps members to plan and implement service projects
• Work with the Settlement’s Afterschool Program

Skills Level:
• Passion for working with young people and underserved populations
• Background and/or interest in theatre for youth
• Background and/or interest in serving in a classroom setting
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and G Suite
• Ability to multitask on multiple projects at once
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

• $13,992 Living Stipend
• $6,095 Education Award given upon completion of the service
• Forbearance of qualified student loans
• Health Insurance
• Invaluable training and experience

Report to:
• Project YES! Director
• ASC Education Manager

Start Date: September 2019
End Date: July 2020

Send current resume and cover letter to Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins at by Monday, August 19, 2019

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 90,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 3,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations. Members serve in full or part-time positions over a 10-12 month period. Upon completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Members also have access to other benefits such as: health insurance, child care, training, and student loan forbearance during their service.