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Youth Explore Program Assistant ( Summer Only)

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Job Description
Position Summary
The Youth Explore Program Assistant supports the Executive Director and Program Director in the implementation of the Explore programming, curriculum, and goals.  The program is designed to provide an exploration of blue and green spaces in cooperation with community partners. Youth Empowered works with students from across Central Indiana in grades 6 through 8 in small group settings.

Salary: $12/hour                     Number of Positions: Two (2)
The ideal candidate must be a team player as they will support the roles of the Executive Director and Program Director in implementing the Explore programming and curriculum by facilitating, measuring, and assessing youth skills, knowledge, development, and mastery. Further, the candidate would have knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and be willing to support youth as they work through the outdoor Explore curriculum.

The intern must have solid communication and relationship-building skills as they will also work in cooperation with parent volunteers and community partners.

The ideal candidate would also have a passion for working with junior high youth. The intern will serve as a mentor to youth participants with the capacity for patience, supportiveness, and encouragement.

The intern would enjoy spending time in the outdoors and traveling. This person should be high energy as programming adventures include hiking, bird watching, swimming, sailing, and other activities as assigned.

It is preferable that the intern have at least one year experience assisting with youth work.

The intern will need to have a flexible schedule as program hours rotate on evenings and weekends. The intern’s role will culminate with participating in the two-week, overnight summer youth sailing trip to Baltimore, MD from July 2nd - July 16th.

The intern must submit a resume, cover letter, and at least one letter of recommendation from a collegiate professor or mentor.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and exemplify the values of the organization’s mission, vision, and culture in interactions with staff, youth, parents, and community partners.
  • Support the Directors in implementation of programming, facilitation of curriculum, and assessment of reaching program goals.
  • Facilitate the Explore STEM curriculum and encourage youth as they develop knowledge and skills and work towards mastery.
  • Assist Directors in supervising youth in localized outdoor adventures and monitor for appropriate behavior and safety during out-of-state travels.
  • Maintain daily program attendance records and activity and behavior reports.
  • Maintain professionalism in communication with students, parents, and community partners.
  • All other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent judgment and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to take initiative in all areas of programming
  • Understanding and respect for confidentiality
  • Dependable with excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Ability to be a positive role model
Preferred Qualifications
  • Understanding of youth development
  • One year of previous experience with youth
  • Knowledge of lesson plans and facilitating activities
  • Small and large group behavior management

·      Build relationships with youth, their families, parent volunteers, and community partners
·      Develop interpersonal skills while working with diverse youth from Central Indiana
·      Develop communication techniques that encourage listening, observation, asking questions, and evaluating information to ensure strong, reciprocal relationships with youth are established
Problem Solver
·      Ability to adapt activity or programming based on external factors and/or youth engagement
·      Develop a collaborative approach to working with others to evaluate information and determine a solution for potential changes
·      Develop the ability to assess information about a situation and make decisions quickly through the use of problem-solving and team collaboration
Community Contributor
·      Develop responses that incorporate the principles of social-emotional learning
·      Build community among program participants, their families, parent volunteers, and community partners