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Teen Reach Mentor- Environmental Science Instructor


The Carole Robertson Center for Learning (the Center) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs. Our vision is to help build a just and equitable society, in partnership with families, and be a beacon of best practices, innovation, and impact in early childhood and youth development.

The Center is named in memory of Carole Robertson along with Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair — the four girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement.

Today, the Center serves more than 2,000 children and families daily through anchor program locations in Albany Park, Little Village and North Lawndale, as well as more than two dozen communities across Chicago. Programs serve children at every stage of development, from birth to age 17. Current programs include center-based, family childcare, and home-based early childhood development programs for children ages 6 weeks through age 5 and afterschool and summer camp programming for children up to age 17, as well as extensive family support, mental health, social services, and professional development training.

The Center strives for excellence in providing the highest-quality programs and services to the children, families, and communities it serves. It is a recognized leader in early childhood education and is accredited through national and state entities. The Center has a deep commitment to representing the communities it serves and demonstrating cultural competence and understanding across programs and services. The organization was founded for the community and by the community, with social justice and equity at the forefront. This commitment remains in all we do.


The OST Teen Reach Teacher/Mentor ensures high quality programming for middle school students. Staff maintains a physically and emotionally enriching environment with clear and consistent limits and expectations. Staff plans and facilitates project-based activities, helps build social-emotional skills and communicates with local school teachers and families.


  • Plan and Facilitate engaging activities following the best practice Youth Program Quality methods
  • Provide high quality supervision that engages and maintains the safety of all youth in the program
  • Lead environmental justice curriculum with 8th and 9th grade students to fidelity.
  • Plan and facilitate trips to outdoor education locations
  • Provide gardening activities for younger youth: 3 years old - 6th grade.
  • Respect and honor the diversity and unique skills and talents of each child and family.
  • Promote a growth mindset for every child
  • Recruit new students and maintain program enrollment
  • Assist with homework, identifying any strengths and challenging areas and communicating those with parents and teachers
  • Collaborate with fellow mentors to plan and execute events and outings ·
  • Maintain program records for your class, including, but not limited to, classroom attendance, meal counts, child assessments, accident reports, referrals for social services, and anecdotal notes related to health, peer relationships, individualized goals etc.
  • Maintain safety and create a welcoming environment for all youth and families using group- established norms and expectations.
  • Communicate successes and incidents with parents and set goals around academics and behaviors
  • Maintain systems to recognize positive behaviors and build social emotional skills in all youth
  • Create and follow up with action plans with parents and youth to correct any negative, unsafe, or disruptive behaviors
  • Ensure all behavior and goal setting discussions between staff/volunteers and youth/families is strengths based, youth centric and solution focused
  • Ensure all supplies, classroom, common use areas and playground are maintained and left better than the way they were found
  • Maintain overall professional personal appearance adhering to the guidelines of CRCL
  • Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, workshops, and other professional development activities
  • Demonstrate respect, understanding and patience to all youth and adults from all cultural backgrounds, with an appreciation for their interests, creativity, capabilities, beauty, and means of expression.
  • Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict, and make effective decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to formulate lesson plans, prepare written materials, and articulate lesson plans.
  • Comply and adhere to all compliance and licensure standards, including local, state and national regulatory entities
  • Ability to frequently sit, stand, or bend, for prolonged periods.
  • Physical agility to attend to the activity levels of youth.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Onsite from 9 am - 6 pm at Little Village location


  • Values—ability to demonstrate in word and action the Center’s core values and deep commitment to the mission, vision, priorities and needs of the organization and the diverse communities it serves.
  • Inclusion—values all people for their unique talents and perspectives and promotes practices that promote and provide equal access to opportunities and resources that enable employees to contribute fully to the organization’s success.
  • Relationships—ability to build authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performances to support the Center’s work.
  • Change Capacity—leads self and others by demonstrating the ability to pivot and respond to unpredictable, disruptive, and ambiguous situations. Develop processes, tools, and techniques used to advance desired organizational outcomes and manage change effectively.
  • Results-Proven Track Record—demonstrable ability to exceed goals with a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; high level of business acumen including successful P&L management; the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; and problem solving, project management, and creative resourcefulness.
  • Strategic Vision and Agility—ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the organizational plan.
  • Innovation—ability to form ideas that are new and enhanced, while introducing constructive ways of looking at problems that foster creativity interdisciplinary/cross-functional work.


Applicant for the position of the Teen Reach Mentor role must possess one of the following:

  • At least two years of experience leading programming for teens and/or preteens; and/or
  • A bachelor’s degree in education, social work, recreation, or child development.

Carole Robertson Center for Learning provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Fostering a safe environment for the children, families, and communities we serve, and our employees is of the utmost importance. In this spirit, please note that upon accepting an offer of employment, you will be required to share proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be at least two weeks since you received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or the only dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Accommodation requests will be considered in compliance with applicable laws.