Family Matters Internship

Categories Community Development, Education, Social Services, Youth
Job Information

Family Matters offers a safe space to neighborhood residents and families seeking to promote positive change in the North of Howard neighborhood in Chicago. Here, parents, children, and youth partner with staff and volunteers to further their education, build leadership skills, and strengthen the community.

Family Matters programming efforts aim to provide a safe space for their children after school, educational support and communication and leadership skill-building. Family Matters meets these needs by providing after school programming and activities for students, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, offering leadership development, a space for goal setting and academic support, and individualized, hands-on learning experiences.


Program Intern(s) work to support one or more than one of the programs outlined below:

Teen Girls

For more than 20 years, the Teen Girls Programs at Family Matters – Sisters of Strength (for girls 14-19) and Sisters of Unity (for girls 11-13) have facilitated life-enhancing leadership and community-building opportunities for young women in the North of Howard community of Rogers Park.

The programs provide a space for young women to think critically, explore new opportunities, and take risks within a challenging and safe environment. The programs give particular attention to supporting girls in exploring options and making healthy choices in areas that most impact them – identity, education, health, sexuality, relationships and careers.

Family Connections

Family Connections, licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, works with children, ages 5 through 12, and their families. It provides a thoughtful balance between creativity and structure and lays a solid foundation for participants’ emotional growth, leadership development, and academic performance, while incorporating family interaction and community involvement.

Children participate in experiential learning activities such as working in their own garden, overseeing their own fitness routines, and managing entrepreneurial ventures to raise funds for a holiday party or to beautify their school. Children and parents develop life skills, confidence, and a sense of personal well being through these experiences.

Evening Tutoring

Youth and adults forge a bond as they meet weekly for academic and life skill building. They set goals together. They work through areas of challenge together. They nurture gifts and interests together. They talk about their families, their schools, and their workplaces. They build relationships that enrich both students and tutors and that often last a lifetime.

Potential Intern Responsibilities:

  • Work with staff to support projects and programming needs
  • Facilitate/create program curriculum and mini courses/clubs/opportunities for students
  • Evaluate and monitor students progress
  • Facilitate weekly lessons
  • Facilitate tutoring and engagement with youth/students
  • Foster environment that encourages confidence for students/learners
  • Meet with supervising staff at Family matters on a weekly basis to debrief about how programming is going and what adjustments might be made to overcome any obstacles

Applicants with an interest in any of the following areas may feel this is a good fit for them: education, youth development, advocacy and outreach, and social justice. Experience working with youth, and especially in facilitating small groups, is preferable. Clear communication and documentation is imperative in this internship.