With the motto, “Working for the Community to Better Our Lives,” the Bronx Helpers program provides 60 youth (6th-8th graders) summer and after-school programming that supports leadership development, civic engagement and community service. Bronx Helpers identify and learn about issues affecting our community and participate in service projects that contribute to positive change. Program themes have included “Pedestrian Safety”, “Environmental Justice” and “Promoting Good Nutrition and Fighting Hunger.”
POSITION DESCRIPTION: SONYC (School’s Out NYC) is DYCD’s expansion and re-branding of its middle school afterschool programs formerly known as Out-of-School Time (OST). The program is open to 6th – 8th graders, and runs from 2:30-5:45 Mondays – Friday from September 11th-June 22nd. Participants choose to participate in activities in areas such as physical education, STEM, Literacy, art, and leadership.
The Group Leader implements daily activities with groups of 18 middle-school aged youth, works with the Program Director to implement and design enrichment and leadership curricula, develops daily program agendas, coordinates and attends field trips, and works cooperatively with Group Worker and Youth Interns. The Group Leader is expected to attend staff orientations, professional development trainings, and weekly staff meetings and to help staff special program celebrations and occasional weekend events.
Group Leaders report to the Program Director, and are the main point of contact for participants in the program. Group Leaders lead activities, and also assist Activity Specialists in activities. Group Leaders must be able to forge strong relationships with the youth, as well as be a role model, and enforce program rules.
Group Leaders are responsible for planning and leading one or more activities every week. These can include: Creative Writing, poetry, debate, journalism, coding, photography, music, student council, and physical activities.
Group Leader Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Assist youth with their homework, and help ensure that the homework gets done
- Facilitate participants’ transition from the school day to the after-school program, oversee snack distribution, and transitions into activities.
- Lead weekly activities for participants in 6th-8th grades, and submit weekly lesson plans
- Maintain effective classroom management that encourages full participation and student growth
- Supervise groups of children while maintaining their physical and emotional safety and health
- Assist Activity Specialists and Program Partnerships while they conduct activities
- Keep careful records of student attendance
- Keep track of supplies used for activities
- Stay in close communication with Program Director via phone and email regarding programmatic changes or any other issues or concerns
- Participate in monthly staff meetings and staff development sessions throughout the school year
- Provide other program support as needed
- Participate in program evaluations and provide input on program improvement
- Strong interest in connecting with culturally diverse group of youth, and building relationships with them
- Previous experience working with adolescents in a community-based setting, using a positive youth-development model with focus on student-centered learning.
- Highly responsible and reliable; good team player
- Bilingual Spanish/English a plus.
- Must be very organized, and be capable of modelling organization to participants
- Must be flexible, creative, and willing to adapt to the changing needs of students and the program
- Excellent verbal, written and communications skills
- Desire to effect positive social and academic change in the lives of NYC youth
- Minimum two years of college, preferably in Education or related field
- Must have at least 2 years’ experience leading groups of children or youth in an educational or recreational setting
- Must complete and pass background checks and be fingerprinted for DOH and SCR
- If hired, applicants must complete free NYS Mandated Reporter training in Child Abuse Identification and Reporting
- If hired, applicants are required to attend professional development workshops prior to beginning work throughout the school year
Must be available to work Monday – Friday, 2:30pm – 6:00 pm, and occasionally on weekends
COMPENSATION: $15 per hour.
TO APPLY, please send cover letter and résumé to Bronx Helpers Program Director, New Settlement Apartments, 1512 Townsend Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452, Fax: 718-294-4085, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. EEO/AAall jobs