PICS Organization Name
By The Hand Club For Kids
Tiffany Chen '20
By The Hand Club is a faith-based, after-school program that emphasizes academics while nurturing the whole child - mind, body and soul. Located in some of Chicago's most under-resourced, high-risk neighborhoods, By The Hand is taking nearly 1,400 children by the hand and helping them have abundant life. Kids are making positive, life-defining choices - making good grades, graduating from high school and going to college - for success in school and life. As a result, By The Hand has received numerous accolades by media, government leaders and universities (see "Chicago Tribune calls By The Hand Club “Exhibit 1” in Chicago Can Do This!" http://bythehand.org/chicago-tribune-calls-by-the-hand-club-exhibit-1-in...)
The actual project will be determined after the student is selected based upon the student's interests and skills, but below are examples of the types of projects for an intern:
- Education/Enrichment Instruction- producing and teaching content for college prep, social, emotional learning (SEL), sports/arts enrichment, etc. For example, our PICS last summer was on the Princeton tennis team so she planned, implemented and created a guide for a tennis enrichment for our kids!
- Arts & Culture - Helping plan and implement a summer arts program culminating in an arts showcase or festival.
- Business Development - grant writing, social/digital media, volunteer recruitment, etc. Could be best practice research to improve our existing efforts and/or helping to implement business development strategies.
- Research - Study to help validate the results and impact of By The Hand Club.
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Team building
Depending on project:
Arts, social/digital media, research, classroom management
It would be great if the intern was self-starting, someone who takes initiative and is capable of working independently, as well as on a team. Other desired qualifications include passion for children, appreciation of cultural diversity and faith friendly
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
Meets Certificate Requirement
There are short-term hotel and apartment rentals available.
Since we serve children, a background check and Child Protection Policy training are mandatory, both of which we provide.
This organization is not merely an "after-school program" as it advertises, but it is incredibly holistic and nurtures every aspect of a child’s health - mind, body, and spirit. I was able to see firsthand the effects that a lack of a father figure, or low literacy levels, or an unsupportive family have on a child’s well-being. By The Hand incorporates systemic change because it not only supports kids who are searching for a better life, but it takes students who are at highest risk of failing out (and contributing to the cycle of poverty) and gives those students a second chance at having a more abundant life.
—Tiffany Chen '20