September 30, 2017 - 12 am
St. Leonard’s Ministries
2100 W. Warren Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60612
Believing individuals want to lead productive and whole lives, St. Leonard’s Ministries provides formerly incarcerated men and women the tools needed to achieve such a life. By overcoming the barriers of housing insecurity, mental illness, substance use, a lack of education and employment skills, and the heavy burden of stigma placed on the formerly incarcerated, St. Leonard’s program participants are able to build lives of self-sufficiency. St. Leonard’s operates two interim housing programs, one for men and one for women; two permanent supportive housing programs; and the Michael Barlow Education and Employment Center.
PRIMARY CAUSE AREA(S) OF PROJECT: Human/Civil Rights, First Response
SJP students will work with the Development Department on projects in the following areas:
-Grant/individual donor prospect research
-Communications and social media
-Interviews with program participants
We are also looking for one SJP student to work with the Director of Operations on projects related to managing vendor contracts, program support and evaluation, and Human Resources/Payroll.
Request for a total of 3 SJP interns.
1) What clear, meaningful learning opportunities will be provided for the intern(s) to gain knowledge and perspectives about their own social identities as well as those from diverse populations?
Through orientation readings, trainings, and organic interactions with program participants, SJP students will be asked to think about their identities and privilege in the spaces that make up St. Leonard’s. The Site Supervisor will support the student(s) explore topics of identity related to incarceration, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and more. Students are encouraged to process their own identities and to speak with participants about their identities in a respectful manner. Curiosity and self-reflexivity will be important themes of their work at St. Leonard’s.
2) How will your project help interns learn the systemic and structural needs of the marginalized communities and populations that your organization targets?
Through the grant writing process, SJP students will be asked to research current policies and legislature related to reentry and assess how such laws and policies impact the men and women of St. Leonard’s. St. Leonard’s Ministries recognizes the individual, societal, economic, and public safety consequences of incarceration. The Site Supervisor will encourage SJP students to look critically at issues of mass incarceration and over-policing of communities of color, evaluating these issues from both a historical and social work lens. SJP students will also learn about systemic and structural needs of the ex-offender community through first-hand interactions with participants and community organizing events put on by SLM staff, participants, and other leaders in the community.
3) What skills/tools will the intern(s) gain that will help them learn and practice working with diverse communities to change systemic and structural inequities? This can include civic/political exposure and engagement.
SJP students will learn about the power of stories and how to be an engaged listener in conversation with program participants. Students will gain practical administrative skills, including professional proposal writing, social media strategy and implementation, program evaluation, research, and technology systems management. The Site Supervisor will talk with SJP students about how administrative skills can affect systemic and structural inequality.
70% of St. Leonard’s direct service staff are former program participants, as are 80% of its Program Directors. SJP students will work closely with diverse individuals on staff and in their daily interactions with current program participants. SJP students will have exposure to many of the direct service offerings at St. Leonard’s, which will expose students to both micro and macro service provision.
4) What consistent duties and/or tasks are associated with the project?
Consistent duties for Development Department students will include: database maintenance, grant writing and research, interviewing program participants, and social media communications.
5) Finally, please describe how the results of their project(s) will help the intern(s) understand the impact of their work within the community/population.
SJP students at St. Leonard’s will learn what is required for the day to day functioning of nonprofit organizations to keep its doors open. Students will be trained to look at service provision through micro and macro lenses. The Site Supervisor will talk with students about the importance of Development/administrative and direct practice work to impact social change.
HOW WILL SITE ORIENT INTERN TO ORGANIZATION’S MISSION?:
Oral History with E.D., Review of Annual Report, Literature Review, Review of Public Policy, Review of Political Climate
HOW WILL SITE ORIENT INTERN TO TARGET POPULATIONS?:
Field-based Projects, Direct Service Delivery, Community Group
SKILLS INTERN WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN AT PLACEMENT:
Fund Development, Social Media Communications, Web Design, Program Evaluation, Community Outreach, Research, Needs Assessment, Resource Development, Partnership Development, Networking
REVIEW OF SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY BY:
Review of Public Policy, Testimonials
TRANSPORTATION NEAR SITE:
CTA Bus, Free Lot/Street Parking
SPECIFIC BUS/METRA INFORMATION:
#50 and #20 buses stop near St. Leonard’s.
OFFICE HOURS & AVAILABILITY:
Monday 8am-5pm, Monday 5pm-9pm, Tuesday 8am-5pm, Tuesday 5pm-9pm, Wednesday 8am-5pm, Wednesday 5pm-9pm, Thursday 8am-5pm, Thursday 5pm-9pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Friday 5pm-9pm
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