Jose A Zayas, A.M. has been working with youth and their families for 40+ years in the Bridgeport, Humboldt Park, West Town, Logan Square. Norwood, Rogers Park, Austin, North Lawndale and Little Village neighborhoods. He presently works at Youth Guidance with the Becoming A Man (BAM) Program since 2014 to present. During his journey he worked at Roberto Clemente Academy High School for 10 years as the Youth Guidance Project Prepare Coordinator of the Culinary Training Program and as the Youth Guidance Comer School Development Social Worker at Harriet Beecher Stowe Academy and Jordan Community School from 1998 to 2011. In the fall of 2011 through 2014 he was Clinical Assistant Professor at the Jane College of Social Work at UIC.
In 1987 he was appointed coordinator for the HISPANIC AIDS CONFERENCE at the Congress Hotel sponsored by the late Mayor Harold Washington and the Network for Youth Services. During 1978 to 1986 he was Unit Director of the Logan Square Boys and Girls Club. He is an alumni of George Williams College and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences, he has a professional Pastry Chef certificate and attended the Chicago Hospitality Institute of Chicago in 1998, Graduated from University of Chicago- The School of Social Service Administration with a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1994. He has been married to Theresa M Pacione and has a daughter Cristina Pacione-Zayas, son-in-law David Cruz and proud grandfather of Catalina and Marcelo.
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