CROSSwalk to Work Gets to Work

July 02, 2014

School’s out for the summer, but CROSSwalk to Work, the Diocese of Chicago’s program to provide summer jobs for young people at risk for gun violence, is in session for fourteen youth at eight organizations across Chicago.

“Employing youth from areas of concentrated poverty is an investment in them and in the healing of our communities,” said Sarah Jordan, CROSSwalk intern at the diocese. “It is only one part of a solution to a complex problem but jobs can create a sense of pride and a hope for the future for youth living amidst communities who experience frequent gun violence.”

Congregations and organizations employing CROSSwalk to Work interns include:

Holy Family Ministries

Church of the Holy Comforter

Diocese of Chicago

McCarthy Bertschy & Associates

United Library of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and the Bexley Seabury Federation

Global Foodbanking Network

Iglesia Episcopal Cristo Rey

Curt's Café

Dr. Lucy Chung, director of the United Library and assistant professor of pastoral theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is working with two of this summer’s interns:

It has been a great pleasure to work with two high school student interns, Charly and Chidymarie, for the past couple of weeks. They both are pleasant, diligent, attentive, hardworking, and eager to learn whatever jobs are presented to them.

They have been given a variety of tasks such as inventorying and digitizing the institution's print magazines, entering archival data, assisting with database searches, organizing and filing records, and working in the stacks with the books. Much of the work that they have been assigned with is very detail oriented and requires concentration and a great deal of accuracy, of which both students are very capable.

Two library staff who train and closely supervise Charly and Chidymarie have said how much they have enjoyed the students' presence and work with them. I feel blessed to be part of this mutually beneficial program, and look forward to continuing to participate in the CROSSwalk to Work program.

Learn more about CROSSwalk to work on the website. To discuss providing a summer job in 2015, please talk with Sarah Jordan via email or at 312.751.3576