Work at AHS

Asian Human Services is committed to employing a diverse, talented staff. We offer competitive salaries and a full range of benefits, and we are pleased to hear from well-qualified professionals who are interested in jobs at our agency. Whenever we have an opening in any of our departments, we will post the job announcement in this space.
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Eric Kessler, ESL Instructor
LEAF Program



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I wanted to help adult students learn English in order to open as many doors as possible to life in the United States.

2. What motivates you as an ESL Instructor?
I am motived as an ESL instructor by the progress that I regularly see in my students.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
My experience has been both educational and rewarding.

4. What do you hope to give to the students you serve?
I hope to inspire my students with the confidence to know that they can succeed in America.

5. What impact do the students you serve have on you?
Every day that I enter the classroom, I am inspired by the strength my students display by learning English.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I am the most proud of seeing my students regularly make progress as they take on new material during class.

Bonus questions!

7. What would be your ‘perfect’ day?
My perfect day is any day that involves relaxing with friends.
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
If I could master one skill, I would learn ragtime guitar.
9. If you could create any work of art (painting, novel, sculpture, etc.), what would its subject be?
I would explore the limitations of language to communicate meaning.


Ivy Lynch, WIOA Youth Program Assistant
Employment Program



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
AmeriCorps is a great way to gain experience in a certain field. I was very interested in the nonprofit sector, so this program was a great way to break in!

2. What motivates you as the WIOA Youth Program Assistant?
Youth who come into our office and have a sense of relief when they know we can provide them with job assistance. Limited resources to ways of finding employment can be over whelming to undeserving people, so I am glad that we can offer so much just from this small office.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Togetherness.

4. What do you hope to give to the people you serve?
I hope to give young people a chance to achieve their academic or employment goals, whether they be short or long term, by utilizing this invaluable resource that Asian Human Services provides. The comfort and openness of the Youth Employment Department champions this objective.

5. What impact do the people you serve have on you?
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the clients within the Youth Employment Department. Getting to know different kinds of people from all walks of life has been one of my favorite parts of this position. Giving youth a space to work and get guidance with their career is very rewarding.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
It feels good when a client completes a tuition based program, or lands a position they have been wanting after working with the employment department. Having a strong student services background, I feel that I have a great grasp on connecting with most of the clients that come in and enjoy helping them.

Bonus questions!

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Wild caught morel mushrooms sautéed in butter and salt.
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Japanese knife sharpening.
9. If you could create any work of art (painting, novel, sculpture, etc.), what would its subject be?
A realistic, yet psychedelic, underground mycelium interconnected wonderland network using colored pencil.


Zahidul Haque, Employment Coach
Employment Program



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I developed an interest in the AmeriCorps program through volunteering at a museum. I met someone that did their service year there and had an amazing experience. I wanted to reach out to underprivileged communities and do my best to help out.

2. What motivates you as the Employment Coach?
Client interaction is one motivation, but I think just seeing them develop and getting established helps me know that I helped in some aspect. Finding a job can be difficult when you have limitations or you don’t have resources. Watching them succeed in that department motivates me into helping the next client reach that potential.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
I think it would be the phrase “taking action” because everything you want requires you to take some action. You want to make a difference, well take action and see where that leads. You have to start somewhere to see change.

4. What do you hope to give to the people you serve?
I hope I give them the right amount of resources and advice in helping them finding employment. I hope my workshops give them insight on how to take failures and use them as a stepping stone. But overall I hope to give them the satisfaction that I have tried my best to help them.

5. What impact do the people you serve have on you?
I think they inspire me to be better at the services I provide them and to keep improving on a day to day basis. Also they help me in reminding myself to appreciate the little things in life we take for granted.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I am proud of the connection/networks I have created throughout my experience. This ranges from clients I have helped, my fellow AmeriCorps members, and AHS employees.

Bonus questions!

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would probably have to be chicken biryani. One dish I would never get tired of…I think!
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Okay, this might be cheating but here it goes. My one skill would be the ability to master any skill!
9. If you could go back in time, what year or period would you travel to and why?
I want to experience what the 1970s were like because I like to think I’m old school. Also in that decade my country became independent, and I wanted to experience that moment.


Whitney Wehrle, ELL Assistant
Passages Charter School



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
The most attractive quality was the potential to continue working with refugees. Following an internship with RefugeeOne, I lived abroad in France as Europe was witnessing and responding to a surge in refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants. I was focused on working in communities to support these migrant populations and cultivate a greater understanding for the general public.

2. What motivates you as an ELL Assistant?
Unmet needs, welcoming teachers, and limited resources. With 41% of the 400+ students at Passages being ELL, it has become increasingly more difficult for teachers and staff to service the entire population. The tremendous student diversity, although amazing, makes it increasingly difficult to service ever-changing populations. The teachers at Passages are some of the most passionate I’ve met, as they look to provide additional support for students across the board. They are always welcoming and support our presence in the classroom and beyond. As with many Chicago schools, we have access to a finite amount of resources. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of creatively solving teaching dilemmas or creating unique methods to economically support students.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Evolutionary. I’ve been on this journey for three years now. My experience and my role have never stagnated. Each day has brought me new challenges and bigger ideas. My role has evolved alongside the developing needs of the students and school. I’ve evolved as an individual and a professional.

4. What do you hope to give to the students you serve?
There are so many things I hope to pass along to my students. Sometimes they’re tangible: making sure they get serviced by the visiting ophthalmologist so they can receive glasses. Other times, I am trying to teach them how to be kind by choosing to interact with others in a thoughtful way. Much of the time, I am teaching them language skills (syntax, diction), reading skills (decoding, phonics, fluency), or math. Always, however, I hope to empower them. I hope to lay the foundation for which they can access tools to gain entry past linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers.

5. What impact do the students you serve have on you?
I cannot yet explain the impact my students have had on me. As with most service experiences, attending to immediate needs tends to cloud the existence of a prolonged future. As school let out for summer on Friday, I spent time looking at posters my students had made for me and I cried. I cried because I was reading handwritten notes from students who couldn’t write at the beginning of this year; I cried because I will not see many of these students again; I cried because I will miss them all, even the troublemakers; I cried because it was finally evident how special this experience has been. I think it will take time for me to qualify this experience as I distance myself from it.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I am proud of my longevity and my progression. Service is difficult, frustrating, and messy (which makes it so rewarding). I am proud that I maintained my passion and continued serving even when confronted with challenges. I am also proud that I’ve progressed as an individual and in my professional role as the needs, situations, and job descriptions have changed continuously.

Bonus questions!

7. What was your favorite subject in school?
I adored Social Studies, for obvious reasons.
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Playing the ukulele. It’s a work in progress…
9. If you could go back in time, what year or period would you travel to and why?
Babylon, circa 600 BCE. I LOVE architecture and the chance to see the hanging gardens along with the tremendous structural designs throughout this famed city would be a dream.


Andrea Fadel, Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) Health Educator
Family Health Center



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I wanted to gain experience in case management/navigation, and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

2. What motivates you as the IBBCP Health Educator?
Knowing I am helping women access important health care screenings who otherwise would not be able to do so is incredibly motivating.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Inspiring

4. What do you hope to give to the people you serve?
I hope to give them better access to healthcare services and an opportunity to get services they need but might not otherwise get.

5. What impact do the people you serve have on you?
They have inspired me to become better equipped to help them by becoming a nurse.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I am most proud of how I learned to communicate health information with people from different cultures and who speak different languages.

Bonus questions!

7. What was your favorite subject in school?
Either Biomechanics or Exercise for Special Cases because I liked the way those classes integrated knowledge from previous classes and applied them all at once. I also enjoyed Cancer Epidemiology and Global Opportunities in Cancer Prevention and Control.
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Speaking more languages, including sign language.
9. If you could go back in time, what year or period would you travel to and why?
Florence under the Medici rule would be incredible; seeing all of those amazing artists still alive and producing some of the world’s best works would be an interesting experience.


Katie Binhack, ELL Assistant
Passages Charter School



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I was really drawn to AmeriCorps due to their focus on service but also working with at-risk communities. Service work has always been important to me, and I was excited to practice that in my everyday work.

2. What motivates you as an ELL Assistant?
I am motivated by my students and seeing where their progress can take them. I want to be able to provide them with the most support and guidance I can possibly give them so they can thrive as they continue on in school.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Being present in the moment; so much progress that happens can be so small and be missed if I am not engaged with them 100%. So my experience so far has taught me to be fully present.

4. What do you hope to give to the students you serve?
I hope that my students gain confidence and excitement to keep learning from me! Speaking a new language is difficult, but hopefully I keep them engaged to keep learning throughout my service year.

5. What impact do the students you serve have on you?
My service has impacted me in many ways. It has made me a better teacher and more adaptable to different styles of teaching. It has also taught me how to be a better advocate for my clients.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I am most proud of when my students bring me their completed worksheets or work they've done on their own. To see their excitement about engaging with their schoolwork brings me a lot of pride that I hopefully helped instill in them.

Bonus questions!

7. What was your favorite subject in school?
History. I love learning about the past and seeing how events in the past still have ramifications today. I am very interested in countries’ histories that are not as known and hearing first-hand accounts about events. In high school, I had great teachers who facilitated a lot of debate and really pushed us to think critically about history, which made me engage with the subject on a deeper level.
8. If you could create any work of art, what would it be?
If I could create any type of art, it would have to be sculpture. I really admire the time that goes into that art form to make a sculpture so detailed, and life like.
9. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
I would love master coding, it's so different than my other interests and I would love to see what I could do with that skill.




Kinza Ejaz, ESL Instructor
LEAF Program



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I really wanted to work with this community. I grew up in this neighborhood and my mother and father are from the community that we serve.

2. What motivates you as an ELL Assistant?
My students. They are strong and resilient. Being around them puts energy back into me on the days that I am feeling burnt out and down.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Transformative.

4. What do you hope to give to the students you serve?
My primary role is as an English teacher so I think my main objective is to give them English skills so that they can prosper in this country. I think I also like to ensure that they have a good class everyday so that they can have a few hours in which they can forget their problems.

5. What impact do the students you serve have on you?
The impact my students have on me in hard to put into words. I have grown immensely internally. The depth of my emotions has increased and my perspective on life has changed.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
My students.

Bonus questions!

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Dates.
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Speaking Arabic.




Leslie Gruenert, Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant
Employment Program



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I was interested in AHS because of their focus on immigrant and refugee populations.

2. What motivates you as a Vocational Rehabilitation Assistant?
The personal connections I build with my clients, their trust in me, and their ability to achieve employment goals that they had thought to be out of reach motivates me in my service.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Meaningful.

4. What do you hope to give to the people you serve?
I hope to give my clients the tools to be great self-advocates and achieve workplace independence.

5. What impact do the people you serve have on you?
They force me to constantly reevaluate skills and techniques, because each client has such individual skills and needs.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I’m proud of the clients who view me as someone they can ask for help and support in any area of their lives.

Bonus questions!

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My mom’s home-made spaetzle
8. What would be your ‘perfect’ day?
It’s cool, gloomy, and foggy outside. I’m at home, warm and cozy, reading a book and eating a burrito.
9. If you could go back in time, what year or period would you travel to and why?
Dutch golden age, interesting economy and period of social and cultural change




Arianne Senires, WIC Health Educator
Family Health Center



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
Doing community service was always an interest of mine from a young age, but I wanted to find something that was more long term and that’s how I found AmeriCorps and Asian Human Services!

2. What motivates you as a WIC Health Educator?
Getting to hear about the different experiences that our clients have with their children as they grow while they’re on the WIC program.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
Impactful

4. What do you hope to give to the people you serve?
A better understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

5. What impact do the people you serve have on you?
They inspire me to be more appreciative of the hard work that my parents have done to raise and take care of my family as immigrants.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
Getting to see our clients learn and grow from the services that we provide at our health clinic.

Bonus questions!

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cheese fries
8. What would be your ‘perfect’ day?
A sunny, 80 degree day at the beach
9. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Learning another language





Sean Gilligan, ESL Instructor
LEAF Program



1. Why were you interested in joining our AmeriCorps program?
I was especially interested in the opportunity to work in an environment serving immigrant and refugee populations. Being able to share my passion, the English language, was a wonderful bonus as well.
2. What motivates you as an ESL instructor?
Most of all I think it’s the students themselves, their desire and the energy they put into learning, that motivate me. Our students want to make a life for themselves and their families in this country, and they know English is a key piece to this. I try my very best to give them the skills they need.

3. If you could describe your AmeriCorps experience so far in one word or phrase, what would it be?
“What will you do with a light when you cannot even see the lamp?” – Sa’di “Gulistan”

4. What do you hope to give to the people you serve?
I hope to give my students the language skills needed to rebuild their lives in the U.S. We have so many talented, interesting, intelligent, and wise students, but, without English, this country fails to see it. I hope to give them access to the larger culture, so everyone can benefit from all the great people we are bringing to this country.

5. What impact do the people you serve have on you?
I don’t believe I’ve even begun to process the impact my students have had on me. For now, I’m taking it all in and absorbing everything I can—with every new student and every new word or phrase I teach them, my perception of the world expands, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

6. What are you most proud of so far in your AmeriCorps service year?
I’m most proud of the friendships and relationships that I’ve formed with my students. Obviously my goal is first and foremost to teach English, but being able to forge real relationships across cultures and across languages is a true accomplishment to me.

Bonus questions!

7. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Venison marinated in Raspberry vinaigrette, fried with mushrooms and onions, served along with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.
8. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Painting
9. If you could create any work of art (painting, novel, sculpture, etc.), what would its subject be?
Tree