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High­light­ed Vol­un­teer Oppor­tu­ni­ty: Expand­ed Part­ner­ship with Dis­trict 54 Schools

Ken­neth Young Cen­ter is proud to announce our expand­ed part­ner­ship with Schaum­burg Con­sol­i­dat­ed School Dis­trict 54 to launch a pilot pro­gram in three schools: Lake­view Ele­men­tary, Muir Lit­er­a­cy Acad­e­my and Eisen­how­er Junior High. This pilot, devel­oped in response to com­mu­ni­ty needs, will sup­port the men­tal health of young peo­ple which is piv­otal to help­ing them devel­op into healthy and hap­py adults.

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with school social work­ers and admin­is­tra­tion, KYC will have a ther­a­pist on site at each of the schools start­ing at the end of the school day until 8 pm on Mon­days, Wednes­days and Thurs­days’. The pro­gram is tar­get­ed to begin in Sep­tem­ber at the start of the 2018/2019 school year. Fam­i­lies will be referred by school staff to receive indi­vid­ual and fam­i­ly ther­a­py in their famil­iar and com­fort­able school envi­ron­ment with the goal of elim­i­nat­ing pos­si­ble bar­ri­ers to access­ing these crit­i­cal services. 

KYC pro­vides a suite of ser­vices to youth and fam­i­lies, includ­ing indi­vid­ual ther­a­py, group ther­a­py, behav­ioral sup­port ser­vices (for­mer­ly known as men­tor­ing), and child psy­chi­a­try. One of the goals of this new pilot is to direct­ly con­nect Dis­trict 54 fam­i­lies with the full array of KYC’s ser­vices, while remain­ing in an eas­i­ly acces­si­ble loca­tion. With proac­tive approach­es to behav­ioral health, stu­dents will learn the skills and strate­gies need­ed to man­age their men­tal health, while des­tig­ma­tiz­ing ther­a­py and ser­vices for stu­dents in need of support.

KYC is active­ly seek­ing com­mit­ted, car­ing vol­un­teers to pro­vide admin­is­tra­tive sup­port for clients and fam­i­lies. Tasks will include wel­com­ing clients & fam­i­lies to appoint­ments, check­ing clients in for ser­vices, and office man­age­ment for up to three nights a week. This impor­tant vol­un­teer role is ide­al for col­lege stu­dents, retirees, and any­one inter­est­ed in pro­mot­ing healthy fam­i­lies.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Colette Young at (847) 5248800 ext. 182 or colettey@​kennethyoung.​org.

Vol­un­teer Opportunities

You can make a dif­fer­ence today. Vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties at KYC include:

  • Admin­is­tra­tive and Cler­i­cal Vol­un­teers assist the busi­ness oper­a­tions staff with a vari­ety of tasks or spe­cial projects like bulk mail­ings, data entry, and admin­is­tra­tive projects.
  • Board Mem­bers define KYC’s mis­sion and direct the strate­gic plans for the orga­ni­za­tion. They play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the suc­cess and the future of Ken­neth Young Center.
  • Friend­ly Vis­i­tors for Adults vol­un­teer direct­ly with clients as com­pan­ions and friends.
  • Home Deliv­ered Meals Dri­vers deliv­er hot meals to senior clients once a week over the noon hour, ensur­ing good nutri­tion, social con­tact, and well­ness-checks for frail per­sons home alone.
  • Mon­ey Man­age­ment Vol­un­teers help old­er adults with bud­get­ing, check-writ­ing, or oth­er finan­cial tasks. 
  • Old­er Adults Ben­e­fit Aides help seniors apply for ben­e­fits and fill out appli­ca­tions for SHIP (Senior Health Insur­ance Program).
  • Old­er Adults Case Aides help case man­agers in our seniors pro­grams with admin­is­tra­tive tasks and mak­ing phone calls to clients.
  • Reha­bil­i­ta­tion Ser­vice Aides help a few hours each week to talk, inter­act, and take part in activ­i­ties in the day pro­gram for clients with seri­ous men­tal illness.
  • Spe­cial Events Vol­un­teers work on com­mit­tees to plan and exe­cute fundrais­ing projects and KYC’s 5K Run/​Walk.
  • The Senior Advi­so­ry Coun­cil and Com­mit­tees share their exper­tise in issues that impact old­er adults. They are links to the com­mu­ni­ty and give feedback.

Our vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties are always chang­ing, with new oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able reg­u­lar­ly. Please con­tact our Coor­di­na­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices at 8475248800 x182 to learn how you can make a dif­fer­ence, change the world, and volunteer!

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