Monday, November 30, 2015

Urban Alliance Chicago | College & Scholarship Essay Day

Please Join Us for

Urban Alliance Chicago | College & Scholarship Essay Day
Generously Hosted & Sponsored by:

Friday, December 4, 2015
3–5 p.m.

151 E. Wacker Drive
East Tower Riverside Center
(Purple Level)
A large component of UA’s programming involves college access support, where Urban Alliance staff review everything from selecting the best fit schools for each student and assisting with their FAFSAs (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to assessing their financial aid packages.

What is College Essay Day? 
Volunteers will partner 1-1 with Urban Alliance Interns to provide feedback on their personal statement drafts.

Directions from the closest CTA Train Stops:
·        State and Lake stop: take a right. Walk 1 block north to East Wacker Drive. Hyatt Regency Chicago is about 3 blocks down.
·        Clark and Lake stop: Walk 2 blocks east on East Lake Drive, followed by a left onto North State Street. Walk 1 block north to East Wacker Drive. Hyatt Regency Chicago is about 3 blocks down. 

For additional information or questions please contact Jamie Brisco-Ricks at or 312.496.3300.

PS: Don’t forget to RSVP by November 30th, 2015 by clicking here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

GI Summer Program

Job Posting: Christ the King Jesuit Preparatory School Counselor

Christ the King Jesuit Preparatory School

Professional School Counselor Job Description

1.      This position requires a Masters degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Pastoral Counseling and School Social work with state certification preferred (type 73).
2.      At least 3 years of counseling experience.  Experience working in a school preferred.
3.      This is a 10-month position with a 2-week summer commitment for the Freshman Business Institute (mid July).

This position reports to Director of Counseling.

·         This is professional work in high school counseling requiring considerable contact with faculty and students.  The school counselor should stay abreast of National and State trends in school counseling.  The school counselor should also have extensive knowledge of Christ the King policies, including but not limited to: admissions requirements, curriculum, discipline policies, and Corporate Work Study Program policies. 
·         Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, the school counselor promotes student success, provides preventive services, and responds to identified student needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses academic, career, and personal/social development for all students

·         Conduct Individual counseling sessions
·         Conduct student intake assessments
·         Conduct group counseling
·         Conduct crisis counseling
·         Meets with students, parents, and guardians for the purpose of enhancing student success in school
·         Conduct staffing for academic and/or social/emotional issues
·         Makes referrals to outside resources as necessary
·         Communicate academic, social-emotional, and discipline issues to parents
·         Monitor student progress and outcomes
·         Maintain parent communication log
·         Work with outside agencies to coordinate prevention program presentations for students
·         Provide College Counselor with appropriate background information on seniors to ensure student has a support plan in place for college
·         Maintains confidentiality of all information for the purpose of protection of students, staff, parents, and school
·         Keep accurate student records
·         Collect aggregate counseling data
·         Conduct student needs assessments
·         Facilitate mediation sessions between students and students and teachers
·         Collaborate with CWSP staff to evaluate and provide job skill interventions
Credit Recovery:
·         Conduct semester transcript review to ensure successful completion of Christ the King graduation requirements
·         Evaluate transcripts of transfer students, develop transfer student schedules and credit recovery plans if necessary
·         Enroll students in online credit recovery program
·         Monitor students’ credit recovery progress throughout school year
·         At the end of each semester provide data analyst with list of students who completed online credit recovery courses
Special Education:
·         Read and evaluate IEPs and 504 plans
·         Develop and communicate accommodations to meet the needs of students with diverse learning needs
Other duties:
·         Attend academic and discipline board hearings
·         Attend student retreats
·         Works collaboratively with school administration to ensure success of students
·         Collaborate with faculty and staff for the purpose of improving the quality of student outcomes  
·         Collaborate and implement interventions for students on academic and/or discipline probation
·         Develop and coordinate Freshmen Challenge Day activities
·         Attend grade level meetings
·         Interview and supervise school counseling practicum and intern students
·         Collaborate with external partners to Counseling Department
·         Contribute to lessons to Advisory course
·         Work with freshmen in the Summer Business Training Institute
·         Other duties as assigned

Volunteer Opportunity: Gary Elementary School

Date:  Thursday, December 17th
Time:  8:30-11 a.m.
Location: Gary Elementary School - 3740 W 31st St - Chicago 60623
Main building (school has 3 buildings, we will meet in the building with 4 floors)
Parking Lot available - if full use street parking
Dress Code: shirts/sweaters representing your college preferred
Contact: Luke Ahern (773) 474-2147

The format is as follows:

Classroom Speakers: Volunteers will be assigned in groups of 2-3 to speak to 3rd - 8th graders (2 rotations; @40 min each group; @30 students in each class visited). This will allow for students to receive different perspectives as to the college experience. It will also allow you to feel comfortable as you will be able to bounce ideas off of each other and answer questions (as well as initiate conversations during "awkward silences").

Panel discussion - 3-4 volunteers will be asked to speak to large groups in the auditorium (6th, 7th, 8th graders). The panel will focus on "Keys to Success"; What characteristics led you to be a college student? What do students need to do in grade school and HS in order to get to colllege? What opportunities have you had that may not have been possible if you were not in college? Please let me know if you would like to be part of the panel discussion.

Please complete the link below if you can participate!