YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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Active Green Space Internship - Volunteer

Active Green Space Internship - Volunteer

Job ID 
McCormick Tribune
Posted Date 
1834 N. Lawndale Ave.
# Positions 
Community & Social Services
Intern-Student Volunteer
Hours per Week 
Variable Schedule 
Varies- Position scheduled to begin 10/16/2017 and end approximately 5/31/2018

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Responsibilities & Requirements

Be Part of Our Mission

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. Our network of 23 membership centers, five camps, early learning,  school-aged and other programs at 100+ sites in the city and suburbs provides everyone with a safe place to learn, play and grow. In this role, you'll be an integral part of ensuring the YMCA continues to be a leader in making our city a world-class place to live and raise a family. So you're not just impacting a bottom line, you're impacting people and communities all over Chicagoland.


Internship Summary:

This position will work closely with the Health and Wellness Manager on the Active Green Space program to focus on childhood obesity and diabetes prevention in the Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Hermosa neighbordhoods of Chicago. The objectives of the Active Green Space include promoting nutrition education and horticulture, increase access to healthy food, increase physical activity and promote community collaboration.


Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Curriculum development for youth in gardening, nutrition, and environmental sustainability
  • Community engagement with residents and organizations
  • Program evaluation and assessment
  • Data entry and analysis
  • Marketing for programs through social media and outreach
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Nutrition and cooking education


  • Time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • High school degree
  • Proficiency in MS Office & Google Documents
  • Knowledge of or interest in cooking, nutrition, gardening or the environment

Child Abuse Prevention

Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

 Internships offered by the YMCA are unpaid.