job description

 About Our Organization: 

Alternatives supports and empowers Chicago youth to build safer and more vibrant communities through a combination of youth development programs and behavioral health services. Alternatives is a comprehensive, multi-cultural youth development organization that operates as a support system for more than 3,000 of Chicago’s young people and their families each year.

Our mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships, and enhance the community’s well-being. Alternatives’ programs and services use an asset-based model that focuses on enriching young people’s lives by building upon individual strengths within the context of their family and community. We provide comprehensive and accessible programs that increase young people’s opportunities to succeed and grow as individuals and community members.

Alternatives serves youth between the ages of 10 and 24 and their families citywide through various Chicago public schools, our youth centers in Uptown and Washington Park. Our participants reflect the city’s rich diversity: 55% identify as Black, 28% Latinx, 7% Multi-Racial, 6% Asian and 4% white, and they lived in 70 different Chicago communities – 48% on the south and west sides of the City.

See website for more info.

 About the Position: 

Alternatives runs a Summer Camp program for young people ages 10-13, Chicagoability for youth ages 14 -15, and the Restorative Justice Summer Training Institute for youth ages 16-24 in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Service (DFSS) and One Summer Chicago. Currently, the program is scheduled to be virtual though that is subject to change with the guidance and support of DFSS. Interns would support staff with: administering curriculum, generating activities for youth to do independently and then debrief on virtual platforms, selecting supplies for activities, reporting back to other team members, supervisors, and DFSS as appropriate.

 Time Commitment: 

Summer programming typically runs from about 11am - 2 pm though that can be subject to change depending on if it is virtual or in person. Time would be needed before and after for debriefing programming and making adjustments to curriculum, workshops, and schedules.


$15/hr compensation

 Location of Internship: 

60% On-site

40% Virtual

Uptown Site: Bus: 81 - Lawrence and Sheridan Train: Lawrence Red Line

Washington Park Site: Bus: 3 - Garfield and 57th Train: Garfield Green Line

 Our Ideal Intern Exhibits: 
  • Engagement with Youth

  • Creativity

  • Teamwork

 To apply: 


Email resume and cover letter to:

Jessica Newsome (

and Taronica Boone (