UYM Summer Staff Application

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Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church

 

Be a light in the city for young people
looking to make a difference in the city.

We’re glad you’re interested in joining our Urban Youth Mission summer staff!

The following provides an overview of the UYM program and staff responsibilities. Then there is an application form for you to complete.

The Program
Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church hosts youth groups from around the country who are interested in experiencing urban mission and ministry in the third largest city in the United States. From a home base at the historic Fourth Church on Michigan Avenue, groups explore a variety of neighborhoods in this diverse city, learn about the blessings and challenges of contemporary urban life, and engage in hands-on service. By partnering with local nonprofit organizations and social service providers, Fourth Church provides groups a week-long summer program of service learning opportunities addressing poverty, homelessness, hunger, violence, education, and pluralism.


Expectations of Summer Staff

  • Implement the Urban Youth Mission program and work well in a team
  • Participate in group reflections and Bible studies
  • Be confident in navigating public transit and in leading groups on public transit to volunteer sites
  • Become familiar with and coordinate with numerous service sites and their staff
  • Be willing and able to do a lot of walking and lift up to 50 pounds
  • Be prepared for long days and nights and expect to be present all day and evening (visiting youth groups arrive on Sunday evening and depart Friday mornings) 
  • Be flexible, energetic, and a fast learner
  • Love working with youth
  • Be a leader and a servant
  • Have completed at least one year of college
  • Clear a background check

Typical Week of UYM Summer Staff Activities

  • Sunday afternoon: Meet groups and help them get to the church if using public transit and prep for the coming week
  • Sunday night: Lead orientation for UYM groups
  • Monday–Thursday: Lead programs and work with groups at service sites
          Wednesday dinner: Participate in staff development programming
          Thursday evening: Participate in closing worship with the group
  • Friday:
           Friday morning:
    Group departures
           Friday afternoon and evening: Off
  • Saturday: Off

 

2018 Summer Schedule Overview

  • May 30: Arrive for Orientation Week (3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31)
  • June 10: UYM Week 1
  • June 17: UYM Week 2
  • June 24: UYM Week 3
  • July 8: UYM Week 4
  • July 15: UYM Week 5
  • July 22: UYM Week 6
  • July 29: UYM Week 7
  • UYM staff will be done August 4, 2018

Typical Weekly Staff Schedule

  • Visiting youth groups arrive on Sunday evening and depart Friday mornings.
  • Sunday Afternoon: Meet groups and help them get to the church if using public transit; prep for the coming week
  • Sunday night: Lead orientation for UYM groups
  • Monday–Thursday: Lead programs and work with groups at service sites
  • Wednesday dinner: Participate in staff development programming
  • Thursday evening: Participate in closing worship with group
  • Friday morning: Group departs
  • Friday afternoon and evening: Off
    Saturday: Off

Time Off
UYM is an intensive program; there will be limited opportunities for time off. Each staff person normally gets one morning off a week and Friday and Saturday afternoon and evenings. Additionally staff will have off June 30 through July 7. (This week will be unpaid.) Otherwise staff will be present each week from first thing in the morning through the end of the evening program and meetings.


Lodging
Summer staff will share a space within the church campus but separate from the visiting groups.


Meals
Summer staff may join groups for breakfast, packed lunches, and evening meals provided by UYM.


Honorarium
Summer staff will be paid $300 per week for 8.5 weeks


Transportation
Staff will be provided public transit cards. Cars are not needed, but if you do bring a car it will cost $8 per day to park in nearby garage.


Supervision
Staff will be supervised by the Youth Mission Coordinator along with the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry.

Application

Name

Email

Primary phone

Date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy)

School mailing address

Home mailing address

College

Major

Date of graduation

Emergency contact person and their contact information

 

Work Experience Information

Include volunteer experience if it is relevant to this position.

Place of employment

     Position title

     Dates of employment

     Responsibilities

 

 

Place of employment

     Position title

     Dates of employment

     Responsibilities

 

 

Place of employment

     Position title

     Dates of employment

     Responsibilities

 

References

Urban Youth Ministry requires four references. At least one of your references should be able to speak to your leadership skills and how you relate to teenagers.

 

Educational Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

Professional Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

Personal Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

Church Pastor Reference

     Name

     Phone

     Email

 

 

UYM Summer Interns are expected to be available the entire season. We have a small staff and everyone’s presence is essential. If you will be needing to be gone during the summer for any time period that would conflict with the work week, please indicate that here, including date and time and commitment.

 

Questions

Please write at least a paragraph in response to each of the following questions. If your answers are longer than the space allowed here, please email them to Katie Patterson at kpatterson@fourthchurch.org.

Describe your previous experiences with church mission trips.

 

Tell us about any current involvement you have with a church or faith community. Please share a brief statement of faith and explain how it applies to mission, service, and justice.


What do you hope to gain from this experience?


Describe specific gifts or talents you have that would be particularly valuable to the UYM team (e.g., music, language, writing, art, leadership, etc.).


Describe a time that you worked with a diverse group of people.


Describe your experience working with youth and youth ministry.

 

Please tell us how you heard about Urban Youth Mission at Fourth Presbyterian Church.


Again, if your answers are longer than the space allowed here, please email them to Katie Patterson at kpatterson@fourthchurch.org. Once you have completed the above form, please click Submit below.



Thank you for applying to join our Urban Youth Mission summer staff!

For more information, contact Katie Patterson, Youth Mission Coordinator (312.981.4035).