LEAP is a non-profit youth development organization based in New Haven, CT that works closely with children and youth from New Haven’s lowest income communities. LEAP’s goal is two-fold: 1) to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who create and implement year-round, community- and school-based programming; and 2) to establish safe community spaces for youth in New Haven to develop academically and explore new skills with consistent support.
Through our unique mentorship model, local high school and college students lead our youth programming as counselors. They work with the intention that LEAP participants eventually will become LEAP’s leaders when they grow older. Youth ages 7-15 partake in literacy-based activities and are supported in their social-emotional development through educational and enrichment activities led by counselors. Youth ages 13-18 receive college and career preparation opportunities and develop professional development skills to help them become socially engaged community leaders. LEAP’s work goes beyond affecting individual lives through education and employment. We build a community with tools needed to enact longstanding change for youth.
The purpose of the Senior Counselor is to lead a group of 15-20 children or teenagers with co-counselors to serve as a teacher, mentor and positive role model while they develop academically and socially. It is a full-time position in the Summer. Senior Counselors are the center of the LEAP experience for their youth, and they must demonstrate the highest level of commitment.
During the summer, Senior Counselors partner with another Senior Counselor and/or two Junior Counselors (New Haven high school students) to work with groups of children between the ages of 7 and 12 in our Children’s Program or teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 in our Leaders in Training (LIT) Program. Counselors lead literacy-centered lessons, discussion sessions, and a range of enrichment activities (i.e. swimming, computer science, creative writing), as well as field trips and excursions. Counselors receive support to implement and participate in daily activities to encourage the academic, social-emotional and physical development of their youth.
The LEAP Summer Program runs for eight weeks, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, totaling 35 hours per week. That includes two weeks of training and six weeks of the actual program. There is a paid weekend camping training that counselors must attend during their first two weeks, but all other weekends are free.
Summer 2020 dates are tentative and will be updated on LEAP’s website soon. The tentative program period will be Saturday, June 6th through Saturday, August 1st.
Senior Counselors plan and deliver programming with their co-counselors. Site Coordinators supervise counselors at each neighborhood site. Counselors must maintain regular contact with parents/guardians and may interact with other community members who work with LEAP.
Please email Abdul-Razak Zachariah, the Counselor Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the LEAP office at (203) 773-0770.
LEAP is a non-profit youth development organization based in New Haven, CT that works closely with children and youth from New Haven’s lowest income communities. LEAP’s goal is two-fold: 1) to develop the strengths…
If all Summer 2020 positions are filled from the Priority applicant pool, then applicants from the General and Late application periods will be added to our waitlist. Therefore, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
Go to https://www.leapforkids.org/senior-counselors to access the Senior Counselor application online. You are required to provide basic demographic information as well as submit a Personal Statement (in response to three prompts), a Resume and a copy of your Unofficial Academic Transcript (more details are provided in the application on alternative documents to submit if you are a first-semester college student, a trade school student or in military training). These documents must be Word DOC or PDF files. Please do not submit any other file types.
Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted during the application periods listed on the website. The application will remain open until all positions are filled and until there is a sizable waitlist of strong applicants.