Young Chicago Authors JTDC Teaching Artist

Young Chicago Authors

Position: JTDC Teaching Artist


Young Chicago Authors (YCA) is hiring a Teaching Artist for our work in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.  This is a contract position with a unique mid-size non-profit youth arts organization.


Organization Summary

Through creative writing, Young Chicago Authors helps young people from all backgrounds to understand the importance of their own stories and those of others, so that they can pursue the path they choose and work to make their communities more just and equitable. YCA does this work through a variety of arts education programs in and out of schools, which expose young people to Hip-hop realist portraiture and show them how to create their own authentic narratives. The capstone of YCA’s programming each year is the Louder Than A Bomb Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, which has 1,000 participants and more than 6,000 audience members.


Teaching Artist Role Summary:

Young Chicago Authors mission is to transform the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education. YCA’s Teaching Artists carry out the organization’s mission within the confines of The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center while promoting a culture of safety in the spaces.


Key Responsibilities:

This position is a part-time contract position over 25 weeks requiring a total of 55 hours (an average of 1.5 hours a week between November 2018 – May 2019 as well as additional training and orientation hours.). Over the course of this period Teaching Artist will deliver assigned programs implementing YCA curriculum and pedagogy.

  • Residency: The Teaching Artist will work for 25 weeks throughout the year broken up into five week increments. In each five week section, Teaching Artists will work with one center exposing them to different forms of poetry and hip hop. The Teaching Artists will then participate in prep shops, three times a week, to prepare the residents for their culminating event. Due to the nature of the space it is not guaranteed that the residents will return session to session.

  • Louder Than A Bomb/Culminating Event: At the end of the residency, YCA works with JTDC and their residents to have a culminating event within their space which could result in a three-round slam or an open mic.

  • Professional Development: Participating in beginning of the year Orientation and Training sessions, group Professional Development Trainings during the year, and mid-year and end of the year review sessions focused on individual professional development.


Location: Young Chicago Authors is located at 1180 N. Milwaukee Ave. and The Juvenile Detention Center at 1100 S Hamilton Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Skills & Qualifications: 

Skills & Qualifications:

The ideal Teaching Artist is passionate about poetry, hip hop, social justice, and education in the city of Chicago.  The ideal candidate has a defined poetic expression and is committed to further developing their artistic craft on a professional level.  Candidates should demonstrate leadership potential and have a passion for teaching poetry and hip hop within the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

To Apply: 

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and letter of interest detailing specific supports for your candidacy to:


Mariah Neuroth

Director of Programs and Production


Please include “Teaching Artist Corps Application” in the email subject line.


Deadline for applications:  June 30, 2018

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