Youth Leaders

Youth Leaders Summer Internship Program

Program: The IIF Youth Leaders Summer Internship offers a unique and valuable experience to students who have excelled in the IIF After School Program during the school year. The program is a summer internship providing six weeks of workforce development and career exploration. Program will include 3 days per week: one day at IIF offices learning job skills such as networking, office dress, and elevator pitches, one day at the Kroc Center or downtown library for reading and reflections, and one day at a career site in a field of the student’s interest.

Impact: Studies have acknowledged that low income students are most at risk for the “summer slide”, or missed opportunities for learning and enrichment during out of school months. This leads to reduced academic achievement and employment difficulties later on. The IIF Youth Leaders Program provides comprehensive summer programming to offer year long engagement for IIF After School Program participants.

Success: Students reported mastering concepts such as networking, communication and responsibility. Students in the program were able to name and explain the 5 keys for social and emotional development. Students were able to identify key concepts that they took away from their summer reading project, How Long Must I Cry. Student job shadowing sites have included Chicago Cut Steakhouse, United Center, Chicago Sky, EFT Performance, Blu1647 Tech Innovation, and Glenbrook Hospital.