Social Service Agency Responsibilities and Support

Social service agencies provide vocational expertise to Teaching Together Chicago with ongoing support to Catholic Schools and interns for job training, placement, and follow up.

Social service agencies work collaboratively with Catholic Schools and the individual with disabilities to assess, screen, provide individualized employment planning and successfully place interns.

Direct support continues through the orientation period including successful completion of Virtus training. Through regular communication with the school and intern, concerns or recommendations are discussed, and additional job coaching is available.

Currently, the Center for Independence through Conductive Education, El Valor, and Helping Hand Center serve as social service agency partners. We welcome and encourage social service agencies to join Teaching Together Chicago.


Interns Eligibility and Expectations

Teaching Together Chicago is open to adults with disabilities. Interns are considered part-time employees and are expected to work approximately 16 hours a week for ten weeks.


  • Qualify for vocational services under The Department of Rehabilitation Services.
  • Have a desire to work in a Catholic School setting. (Interns are not required to be Catholic.)
  • Have appropriate social skills to be successful in a school setting.
  • Be willing to assist in religious activities, and fulfill specific requirements as school personnel.
  • Work in cooperation with assigned social service agency.
  • Pass Virtus training required by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
  • Have transportation to internship site.
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Catholic School Participation

Each participating school offers opportunities to the intern to build job skills, preparing the intern for community employment. The school hires the intern as an employee for a 10-week session and pays the intern at least minimum wage. Schools are encouraged to identify candidates within their parish.

Jobs performed by the intern depend on the needs of the school and the unique abilities and gifts of the intern.


  • Front Office Assistant
  • Library Assistant
  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant (High School, Middle School or Elementary School)

Let's Teach Together!

Teaching Together has successfully (and proudly) helped young adults gain skills they are now using as paid employees. We’d love to talk to you about how we can work together to improve the lives of those living with daily challenges!


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Teaching Together Chicago is a program of Center for Independence through Conductive Education Inc., an Illinois nonprofit under Section 501 C 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Center is to help people with disabilities achieve their highest level of potential. Learn more about the Center.