We love to build relationships with community members. As part of our mission, YEPP supports members physically, emotionally and spiritually. Here are some of the ways you can get involved.
At this moment, we don't have job openings available. We encourage you to visit us in the future for updated information on new paid opportunities.
YEPP’s compensation philosophy is grounded in the mission, vision and values to provide healing, transformation in growth and acceptance, with transparent and supportive options for all. Strategizing from a place of abundance and planting seeds for future generations, YEPP strives to provide compensation that is competitive to the market landscape, while adapting and evolving as the organization and its members grow.
YEPP strives to provide compensation that is in the best interest of the organization and the associates to pay fairly for the value of work provided, within our financial ability to do so. It is our intention to use a competitive analysis to determine the current market value of positions based on skill, knowledge and experience. The system and process is objective and non-discriminatory. Finally, at the core of this philosophy is to always be rooted in transparency, and further commit that all offerings are made in good faith.
On a yearly basis, we offer up to 6 interns the opportunity to join our team.
Resource and Healing Advocate (2 positions)
Services Support Specialist (3 positions)
Healing Performance Program Facilitator (1 position)
If you are interested in applying for an internship, please complete the Internship Application Form.
Volunteers are agents of love, so we always welcome those that can support different parts of our organization: artistic development, fundraising efforts, administrative work, media development, among many others. If you'd like to volunteer, please use this Volunteer Application Form.
Here are some ways to volunteer at YEPP:
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT - If you have the skills and capacity to dedicate time towards supporting YEPP administratively, please reach out. Remote and onsite tasks are available.
ALLY MENTORSHIP - To have a lasting impact in the lives of YEPP participants, consistent mentorship from community allies is key. Consider how you can make a positive difference.
DRIVING SUPPORT - As part of our mutual aid effort known as CYMA (Chicago Youth Mutual Aid), we are usually in need of community members that can support us driving donations from our space to young people's living spaces. Also, from time to time, we will need drive support to transport supplies for our events.
DROP IN WORKER - During the Community Drop In Arts Program (C-DAP), we provide a plethora of services such as: showers, laundry, food, a space to sleep/rest, low threshold resource advocacy support, hygiene supplies, clothing, among other basic needs. The Drop-In Workers support young people navigating these resources every Tuesday and Thursday, between 1-5pm.
EVENT SUPPORT - Having extra help can be handy. Consider lending a hand before, during, and after various special events or performances.
FAMILY MEALS & GROCERIES - The Family Meal is a wonderful keystone in our mission. Interested providers will prepare a hot meal of their choice for our small group and join in conversation with youth and team members prior to the program. If you're not able to join us all for a family meal, you're still welcome to provide a prepared meal or simply consider providing groceries for our Community Kitchen.
FUNDRAISING SUPPORT - Would you like to fundraise for YEPP? We are always open to have community members organizing their own personal fundraising efforts to support our work. We can bring some of our resources to manifest your event (e.g. graphic designers, post things in our social media, etc.)
PRO-BONO SERVICES - YEPP’s work would not be possible or effective without the abundant support of community members. Please reach out if you can offer an important skill or resource to offer such as: organizational development, tech design/support, or or other skill-share/trainings.
PROVIDING DONATIONS - We have in place a Master List of Needs which lists all the items currently needed. Donation support is always welcome from individual or groups, who may wish to coordinate a larger donation drive.
TEACHING ARTIST - The Community Arts Program is an opportunity for LGBTQI+ youth to access a creative space that fosters community and self-confidence through various artistic practices. Teaching Artists commit to host weekly or one-time workshops that are free and open to youth ages 18-30.