Volunteer Group Leaders for Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, Chicago Sister Cities International


$750 Stipend Available

Inspiring globally-minded teenage girls from around the world to be the international change-makers of the next generation. 

World Business Chicago (WBC) is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. www.worldbusinesschicago.com

Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), an initiative of World Business Chicago, advances Chicago as a global city and promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation through citizen diplomacy – one individual, one community at a time – for the benefit of Chicago and its sister cities. To accomplish its mission, Chicago Sister Cities International develops programs in the areas of cultural arts and tourism, global education, government relations, and international business. www.chicagosistercities.com

Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit

A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit is an intensive leadership program in Chicago designed to build the next generation of global leaders. It is open to teenage girls, ages 14–16, from Chicago and its 28 international sister cities.  As emerging leaders in their own communities, the Summit equips the girls to become agents of positive change in the world.

Over 70 girls from Chicago and around the world have participated in the Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit, which aims to:

  • Empower emerging leaders
  • Teach strategies for leadership, advocacy and activism
  • Inspire young women to become agents of change
  • Build a network of globally minded leaders

The fourth annual Summit will take place July 20-27, 2019. Twenty-six participants are selected via a competitive application process. There is no cost for participants to attend the Summit. CSCI funds awardees’ Summit registration fee and travel expenses to attend the week-long Summit, including dorm accommodations at the University of Illinois at Chicago, roundtrip airfare to Chicago, meals, and local transportation. http://www.chicagosistercities.com/initiative/global-youth-ambassadors/

Role of the Summit Volunteer Group Leader
The Volunteer Group Leader plays a very important role in the success of the Summit. The ideal candidate is passionate about girl’s leadership development and fostering a learning environment. Group leaders demonstrate great leadership skills, compassion, and help to solve the problems of a diverse group of students.

The group leader will begin prior to the Summit and will assist in preparation for the summit. Group leaders will reside in UIC’s James Stukel Tower dorms (July 19 -27) with the participants and their accompanying chaperones and will be responsible for ensuring a safe and fun environment for participants. All meals and transportation are covered during the week, except during the volunteer’s breaks.

Group Leaders:

  • Must be female, and be 18+ years old.
  • Will provide leadership to Summit participants, and support to CSCI staff and Lead Summit Coordinator.
  • Will stay in UIC’s James Stukel Tower dorms with the participants. These are suite-style dorms: https://www.housing.uic.edu/halls/jst/ Please note that group leaders will have a private bedroom within the suite, but will share a bathroom and living area with students and chaperones in the suite.
  • Are responsible for ensuring a quality experience in a safe and fun environment for all Summit participants, particularly those staying in their suite
  • Know and understand all emergency procedures associated with the Summit.
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to, being responsible for your group’s safety and their whereabouts at all times.
  • Lead evening debriefings with your group and help to mediate any dorm-suite disagreements
  • Assist in the implementation and delivery of all scheduled programs.
  • Will accompany the participants at various locations around the city.
  • Will be responsible in assisting with the supervision of participant behavior and group activities, and encouraging participants to actively participate in all activities.
  • May administer prescription medication and over the counter medication as needed. Guidance from participant’s parents/legal guardian and the Lead Coordinator will be provided.
  • Will model all rules and expectations, including those outlined in the code of conduct for the participants.
  • Will assist in advance preparation for the Summit and participate in training.
  • Will complete any necessary reports as requested.
  • Will assist with photo taking throughout summit activities.
  • Will assist with session note taking and debrief component with participants.
  • Will support other duties as assigned.

Competencies/Skill-Sets Required:

  • Preferably is a graduate student in the fields of Education, Women and Gender Studies, International Relations, or related fields
  • Preferably has training and/or certifications in First Aid and CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • Highly energetic and enthusiastic
  • Has the ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner
  • Strong communication skills, listening skills, and the ability to ask questions
  • Work well with a diverse and international group of young and emerging leaders and treat them with dignity and respect
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Required to undergo criminal background check

Reports to: Lead Summit Coordinator, Chicago Sister Cities International

To apply:

Please email a brief letter of interest with your resume to Chicago Sister Cities International at chicagoambassadors@gmail.com.

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