Chicago Public Schools will be expanding the Safe Passage program to 51 Welcoming Schools to support our students as they transition to their new schools this fall.
The successful Safe Passage program has led to a 20 percent decline in criminal incidents around Safe Passage schools, a 27 percent drop in incidents among students, and a 7 percent increase in attendance over the past two years in high schools that currently have the Safe Passage program.
Expanding the Safe Passage program to include next year’s welcoming schools is one of several steps CPS is taking to create safe environments in and around our schools. Safe Passage workers are the eyes and ears of their communities and will be our partners in providing safe routes to and from school every day for students.
During the recent planning process, many parents and members of the community have expressed interest in applying for these positions. If you are interested, or know someone who is interested, please contact the following Safe Passage vendor organizations who will begin the hiring process starting Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Safe Passage Maps for Welcoming Schools
View Welcoming School Safe Passage Maps by selecting your school.
Proposed Welcoming Schools Safe Passage Vendor Assignments
School Assignment: Jensen, Ryder, Johnson
|Westside Health Authority
School Assignment: DePriest, Ellington, Dett, Leland
773-378-5034 ext. 2325
|Alliance for Community Peace
School Assignment: Morton, Gresham
|Black United Fund
School Assignment: Harvard, Wentworth
|Network of Woodlawn
School Assignment: Dulles, Wadsworth, South Shore, Fiske
|Nehemiah Roseland Ceasefire
School Assignment: Gompers, Haley
|Bright Star Community
School Assignment: I. Wells, Mollison, Pershing, Drake
|A Knock At Midnight
School Assignment: O’Toole, Nicholson
School Assignment: Cather, Earle, Curtis, Montefiore, Sherwood, Revere
School Assignment: C. Hughes
|Leave No Veteran Behind
School Assignment: Courtenay, Northwest, Marshall Middle
School Assignment: Otis, Diego, Chopin, Castellanos, Cardenas
|SGA Youth and Family Services
School Assignment: Cullen, Lavizzo, L. Hughes
School Assignment: Burnham
School Assignment: L. Ward, Gregory
|Black Star Project
School Assignment: Brennemann, Chappell, McCutcheon & Branch, McPherson
|Saving Our Sons
School Assignment: Tilton, Hefferan, Faraday, Melody
School Assignment: Mays, Bass
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the hiring process?
In all cases, interested applicants must submit to the specific vendor an employment application. CPS is not conducting the hiring. Choose what location interests you, then contact the specific vendor directly and they will be able to describe their exact hiring process.
- What are some of the desired qualifications?
Successful candidates will typically possess the following qualifications:
What are the issues that will prohibit someone from not being able to pass the CPS Background Check?
- Very knowledgeable (or preferably a member) of the community they wish to serve
- Able to demonstrate a commitment to serving our students
- Able to demonstrate an ability to build relationships with students and de-escalate conflicts
- Consistent track record for being reliable and on time
- Able to physically stand for long periods of time and tolerate all weather conditions
- Able to read and write incident reports
- Must be able to pass CPS Background Check (Click here for a list of enumerated offenses that will not be approved.)
- Additional qualifications may apply for each specific vendor
Click here for a list of enumerated offenses that will not be approved.
What are the hours and rate of pay for this position?
All Safe Passage workers must be committed to work a total of 5 hours per day, 5 days a week. The exact start and end times will vary by school. In all cases, Safe Passage workers will need to work a split shift to support student arrival and dismissal, meaning people will be expected to work a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon. Pay is $10/hour.
Will I receive training if I am hired?
All Safe Passage workers will receive training before they begin working as well as ongoing support to promote a successful experience.
When will all hiring be completed?
All hiring is expected to be completed on or before early August so that the Safe Passage workers can complete mandatory training and be ready for the first day of school, August 26, 2013.