Grow Your Own Illinois’ (GYO) mission is to recruit, train and retain diverse community focused teachers for Illinois public schools. GYO identifies parents and community members passionate about education and assists them in completing their college degrees and becoming licensed, highly effective teachers in neighborhood schools. GYO creates a career pathway for individuals who have a passion for teaching, but do not have the means or opportunity to realize that passion. Through the resources and support provided by GYO, community members are able to succeed and persist in higher education and secure steady long term employment.
GYO is expanding to Waukegan and is creating two new cohorts of GYO candidates, one for high school students and one for college or graduate students. GYO is looking for a program coordinator to run both programs and support students, at all levels, as they complete their degrees and begin their teaching careers. GYO is looking for a passionate, hardworking, self-starter to get these programs off the ground and running successfully.