Supporting Chicago Youth and Families

About MercyWorks

MercyWorks Mission Statement: MercyWorks offers a diverse group of changemakers an opportunity to impact the lives of kids in Chicago and gain professional experience while growing spiritually and becoming more socially conscious.

MercyWorkers will work alongside a team of coworkers to serve as coaches and advocates for our young people and their families by building intimate relationships and important life skills through daily activities and events. Whether they are playing basketball, assisting youth with homework, or getting our kids ready for a job interview, MercyWorkers play a significant role in our youth’s lives and their treatment.

MercyWorkers live in an intentional community with 15 recent college graduates from all across the country. They engage in weekly community nights and seasonal retreats that are focused around five core values: social justice, sustainability, spirituality, community, and professional development. They also commit to connecting with their housemates through weekly 1 on 1s and house meetings. This year is an opportunity to build life-long relationships with people who are all acting as support systems to Mercy Home youth and families.

Sixth year in a row Mercy Home for Boys & Girls named among the top places to work by the Chicago Tribune!

Application Process:

1. Submit application through online portal

(20-30 minute process)

2. Q&A with MercyWorks Coordinator

(15 minute process)

3. Phone interview

(1 hour process)

4. Submit 2 essays

(1-2 pages each)

5. In person interview


MercyWorks is an AmeriCorps program and receives funding through the Serve Illinois Commission.