Beginning with Children (BwC) creates pathways to higher education, self-sufficiency and community engagement for New York City children. Founded by Joe and Carol Reich in 1990 to support educational reform in New York City, BwC manages two charter schools in Brooklyn – Beginning with Children Charter School 2 and Community Partnership Charter School and operates an innovative Legacy Network Program for high school students in the community. We are building on the legacy of our 20-year history by reshaping our educational model to help our graduates meet the quickly changing expectations of the 21st Century.
The goal of the BwC Legacy Network is to equip high school and college students who live or attend school in Brooklyn with the tools necessary to succeed in advanced educational settings and a rapidly changing world. The after school program provides a range of supports for elementary, middle and high school students, from academic tutoring and high school selection strategies to goal assessment and social/emotional development workshops. High school students receive assistance with all elements of the college application process: SAT preparation, financial aid, college visits and interview techniques. High school students also participate in a corporate mentorship program. The program’s mission is to provide students, graduates and their families with academic, social and personal support to boost their high school, college and professional success.
- Work with both middle school guidance teams to help students and families through the High School Admissions process. Establish and maintain strong relationships with school community and community partners.
- Collaborate with middle school and Legacy Network teams to develop initiatives that support student and family transition to high school as well as high school and college success.
- Provide one on one middle and high school student support, including helping with high school, college and scholarship research, applications, and essays, financial aid, internship and job searches, resume writing, and interview preparation.
- Design and facilitate an advising/workshop series with the HS Admissions support teams at each school beginning in the 7th grade.
- Develop test prep program and supports for middle school students interested in Specialized HS and other test-in schools
- Conduct recruitment to help middle school students and families make connections to the Legacy Network and the resources that they will have access to after they graduate from middle school and go off to their respective high schools.
- Support early college awareness initiatives for 9th and 10th grade students. Plan and chaperone college trips with support of Legacy Network team.
- Develop series of programs/workshops to support 9th and 10th grade students and families successfully transition into high school.
- Work with team to ensure quality implementation of academic enrichment, social/cultural and youth development programming for the Legacy Network participants.
- Work with Assistant Director to support implementation of summer internship program
- Evaluate program effectiveness and make changes to improve the quality and relevance of programming.
- Work with senior staff to ensure accurate and timely reporting of program activities, outcomes and impact.
- Track and monitor attendance and program expenses.
- Keep and update progress notes on students and families in content management system.
- Chaperone and provide coverage for all high school programs as needed.
- Handle other duties as assigned.
- Employees will be able to work remotely during pandemic although some in person days will be necessary.
- Evening and weekend hours often required
- MA/MS in Counseling, Education, Psychology, Social Work or related fields
- 3-5 years of youth-serving experience, preferably in a leadership role
- Experience with program design, planning and implementation, curriculum development and workshop facilitation
- Knowledge of /willingness to learn about HS Admissions process (public/parochial/independent)
- Self-starter with the ability to work efficiently with limited supervision
- Flexible, resourceful and "roll up your sleeves" attitude
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong ability to develop and nurture relationships
- Enthusiasm and passion for working with youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds
- Bilingual in Spanish a plus
- Strong attention to detail
- Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Suite