Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is a collaborative effort of public and private agencies that provides pro-social opportunities to youth and parents in underserved communities.
NRI program components work to empower youth with job training, strengthen social skills, and increase parent leadership within communities.
Welcome to NRI
Governor Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative is a collaborative effort of public and private agencies that provides pro-social opportunities to youth and parents in underserved communities.
Unique Employer Opportunity
January 9, 2013 – Employers, make a difference this summer! NRI’s Youth Employment Program provides employers with a unique opportunity to gain a valuable employee without cost. Hire youth through NRI and all wages will be grant-subsidized. In addition, the program manages all payroll and bookkeeping functions related to employment, oversees recruitment and screening, and provides workforce development training to make its recruits valued employees. Don’t miss this great opportunity to create positive pathways for young people in your community.
Youth Employment Program
Governor Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) Youth Employment Program (YEP) will make 1,800 Chicago-area young people ages 16 to 24 available to work part-time at local businesses and organizations for nine weeks in Summer 2013.
Traditional employment and evidence-based mentorship will create the foundation for youth as they set out to gain valuable work experience. All wages will be subsidized by the NRI state grant program.
Youth and local businesses in NRI's 22 communities are invited to join the Youth Employment Program.
NRI's Youth Employment Program connects businesses and organizations with the next generation of talented and diverse young workers. NRI will provide job skills training to 1,800 Chicago-area young people ages 16 to 24. These youth will be available to work part-time at partnering local businesses and organizations for nine weeks in summer 2013.
- All wages are subsidized by the NRI state grant program without cost to employers.
- NRI manages all payroll and bookkeeping functions related to youth employment.
- NRI manages recruitment and screening and provides workforce development training prior to employment to make youth valued employees.
This program provides employers the opportunity not only to gain a valuable employee without cost, but help mold the next generation of community and business leaders.
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Youth will be recruited for employment by NRI agencies in 22 Chicago-area communtiies. Youth participants will receive wages for 40 hours of job readiness training and 160 hours of employment. They will also be paid for 18 hours of community service activities. Throughout the employment period, youth will receive both one-on-one and group mentoring.Youth Job Description »
The YEP Mentoring component offers youth one-to-one partnership that focuses on the needs of YEP participants. Mentors foster caring and supportive relationships, and encourage individuals to develop to their fullest potential. Mentors will encourage YEP participants to develop their own positive visions for the future. In addition, mentors develop active community partnerships to ensure additional youth support.
YEP's Mentoring component incorporates evidence-based practices to produce positive youth outcomes. The latest mentoring research and evidence from experienced mentoring practitioners were collected for application in the Mentoring component of the YEP program.
Mentors will be matched with youth based on questionnaires that gauge similarity, compatibility of values and attitudes, mutuality of interests, and geographic proximity.YEP Mentor Job Description »
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YEP Mentor Instructor Job Description »
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The Parent Program component of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative will employ and charge 110 parent leaders within the 22 NRI communities to reduce the risk factors that contribute to violence and negativity and promote the factors that contribute to family and community stability, well-being, and peace. Parent leaders will strengthen their own families and work in teams to advance transformation of their neighborhoods. The 19-week Parent Program is a collaboration of citizens, business, government, schools, and non-profit organizations that will support parents in raising healthy, positive, and productive children.
NRI’S Parent Leadership component will:
- Enhance parental and community resilience.
- Facilitate friendships and mutual supports among parents.
- Host activities and events that strengthen parenting.
- Respond to family crisis quickly and appropriately.
- Connect families to services and a wide variety of opportunities and resources.
- Assist parents with understanding their children's social and emotional development.
- Respond to the stress, anxiety, and trauma that parents and children face.
Parents Program Job Descriptions
Parent Program Parent Leader Job Description »
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Parent Program Coordinator Job Description »
Parent Program Manager Job Description »
Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Reentry Programs provide crucial services for youth and young adults, ages 16-24, returning to the community from youth and adult correctional facilities. Reentry is designed to reduce recidivism by providing young people with educational and vocational opportunities, as well as mental health services that encourage and support them in making positive life choices.