Spend your gap year with Amate House! Develop your leadership skills, gain professional skills, and start your career in social justice with our fellowship program!
Amate House offers year-long opportunities to serve Chicago in a variety of social service agencies. Fellows live in intentional community with other fellows, receive housing, health insurance, a small stipend, mentorship, and learn about the 5 Tenets of AH: social justice, community, service, faith, and stewardship.
At Amate House we’re dedicated to identifying the interests and professional goals of our fellows. Amate House offers a wide variety of service sites. Every fellow gets an entry level position in a Chicago area non-profit, and we work with each fellow to get them the best fit possible. We have placements in various fields like:
Immigration & Refugee services
Education Outside of the Classroom
Social Service Agencies
Community Need Addressed
Amate House fellows are the backbone of our organization. We work hard to make your service year one of the most memorable years of your life. We offer opportunities for deep personal transformation through enriched leadership development programming, full-time service opportunities in the field of your choice, spiritual and professional mentoring, and much more.
Fellows serve under resourced communities in Chicago by direct service and learn more about marginalized people groups. We have positions serving in advocacy, domestic violence, education in the classroom and outside the classroom, nonprofit support, public health, and campus ministry. Fellows work side-by-side with experienced social workers, case managers, counselors, and educators, gaining a tremendous foundation for their future careers.
Fellows are provided with networking opportunities to increase their job searches and career paths. Fellows also receive anti-racism training through CROAR which helps them to dismantle systematic injustice. Fellows work in organizations that advocate with and for marginalized populations in our society. They work to increase capacity building at non profits, assist with access to education and ensure that the people of Chicago have access to basic rights & needs.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Each fellow is provided with opportunity to be matched with a professional mentor, a spiritual companion, and counseling resources. There are three service days and trainings for all fellows each service year as well as mentoring if wanted.
No certification required, though Spanish is incredibly helpful.
Skills you will gain
Leadership and professional development
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others
Creativity & Problem Solving
Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job
Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Effectively delegate tasks, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served