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Youth Engagement Specialist

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BEST Kids, Inc | Washington, DC

BEST Kids, Inc

Published 3 days ago

February 3, 2020
December 20, 2019
$20 - $30Incumbent will be asked to work 40 hours per month split between an average of 6 hours per weekend and 4 hours on weekdays per week

BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time.

BEST Kids Mentoring Program is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. Beginning with children as young as six and continuing, as needed, until adulthood, BEST Kids Mentoring Program works to enable youth to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society.


This position is responsible for bringing youth voice into BEST Kids’ programming by building relationships with youth, conducting on-going research, engaging unmatched youth, developing opportunities for life skills and leadership building, and overseeing a youth council. 


Program Duties:

·        Ensure planned activities are developmentally appropriate and engaging

·        Conduct preliminary and on-going research to solicit feedback from youth on programming needs and potential activity and workshop ideas

·        Build relationship with youth in order to create an open dialogue that will promote engagement within the program

·        Work alongside staff to implement programming based on youth input

·        Engage unmatched youth while a mentor is being identified for them

·        Develop leaderships and life skill opportunities and activities

·        Oversee the BEST Kids Youth Advisory Council to promote youth voice in BEST Kids

·        Work alongside Peer Group Coordinators to increase attendance and engagement in monthly Peer Groups


Leader Responsibilities:

·        Take attendance at all sessions

·        Serve as main contact for all

·        Execute agenda to ensure smooth operation of all activities

·        Manage youth behavior

·        Conduct assessment at the end of sessions and compile data

·        Keep accurate records of all activities and contact information in a database

Other Duties:

·        Attend and participate in all agency and department staff meetings

·        Assist in maintaining a safe and healthy work environment

·        Represent the programs department in agency fundraising activities

·        Provide peer group data for grant writing and reporting purposes

·        Other duties as assigned


·        Minimum High School Diploma or GED, some college preferred

·        2 or more years of working with youth, program design and management, and/or social work


·        Proficiency in technical areas such as Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, and Excel                      

·        Strong organizational, planning, and facilitation skills                         

·        Ability to relate well in cross-cultural environments                              

·        Ability to effectively collaborate with other program staff                  

·        Ability to use time effectively                       

·        Ability to focus on details                             

·        Ability to adapt to shifting priorities                          

·        Ability to effectively assess relational support skills including guiding, supporting, confronting, advising, negotiating, and coaching                  

·        Ability to critically collect and analyze data and problem solve                         

·        Ability to maintain confidentiality throughout daily operations                         

·        Ability to accurately document data and information in writing                        


•     Routine office environment and off-site activities for peer group sessions 

•     Work hours and work location flexible to meet customer and agency needs

•     Must pass criminal, child protection, and sexual registry background checks including a health and TB screening

•     Access to a reliable vehicle preferred


·        Attention to Detail- Able to review data/documents for accuracy and consistency; take action to prevent mistakes; follow procedures closely; keep records accurate and up to date.

·        Customer Focus- Able to build rapport with customers, listening and responding effectively and efficiently to meet their needs; identify unexpressed customer needs and potential products/services to meet those needs; prioritize work in alignment with the needs of the customer; use customer knowledge and feedback to improve own work results; provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all with diverse perspectives, talents, backgrounds and/or styles.

·        Flexibility & Achieving Change- Able to positively deal with changes that affect job requirements; adapt to shifting priorities in response to the needs of internal and external clients; quickly recognize situations/conditions where change is needed; work to clarify situations where information, instructions, or objectives are ambiguous; support organizational change.

·        Resilience & Response to Challenges- Able to interpret situations and information objectively when stressed; remain calm and professional in potentially difficult or emotionally charged interpersonal interactions; maintain high productivity in stressful situations; maintain high performance in the face of setbacks or changing circumstances; view failures objectively and rebound quickly; work to clarify situations where information or objectives are ambiguous.

·        Communication - Verbal and Written- Able to practice active and attentive listening skills to verify understanding; adapt communication content and delivery to individual needs; proactively inform others about developments relevant to the team; openly and diplomatically express opinion, even when different from that of others; translate what is heard, observed or assessed into documentation that is accurate, concise, and clearly communicates key information to others with a need to know.

·        Decisiveness & Judgment- Able to demonstrate good and ethical judgment in routine, day-to-day decisions; independently make decisions and take action, even in non-routine situations; consider impact of various options when making decisions; use good judgment in deciding whether to make a decision or escalate it to a supervisor for additional consultation; use an awareness of formal and informal decision-making channels to achieve desired results.

·        Gets Results- Able to demonstrate high personal work standards and a sense of urgency about results; do everything possible to meet goals and deadlines without sacrificing quality; persist in the face of changing circumstances; accept responsibility for the outcomes of his/her own work.

·        Planning & Organizing- Able to create detailed work plans; balance the need for adequate planning with the need for action; avoid wasting time on tasks that yield low value; use resources efficiently; create and monitor measures to chart the progress and impact of assignments.

·        Relationship Building- Able to deal effectively with people in order to get work accomplished; adjust own interpersonal approach to fit the interpersonal style/needs of others; recognize the impact of one's behavior on others; build a network of internal and external contacts to meet job responsibilities.

·        Problem Solving & Analysis- Able to gather appropriate data and diagnose the cause of a problem before taking action; separate causes from symptoms; apply lessons learned from others who encountered similar problems or challenges; anticipate problems and develop contingency plans to deal with them; develop and evaluate alternative courses of action.

·        Open Communication- Able to use active and attentive listening to confirm understanding; coach others through the use of reflective questioning; personalize communication content and delivery to fit different perspectives, backgrounds or styles of audience; document information about matches clearly and concisely in order to keep records accurate and up to date.

·        Valuing Diversity- Able to seek out and work effectively with others who have diverse perspectives, talents, backgrounds, and/or styles; contribute to a team climate in which differences are valued and supported; challenge any stereotyping or offensive comments; seek and respond to feedback from others about his/her own behavior that might be perceived as biased.

BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time.

BEST Kids Mentoring Program is guided by the belief that all children are talented. Through our one-on-one…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • High School Diploma Required


Monthly mobile phone stipend

Monthly mobile phone stipend

How to Apply

Email thoughtful cover letter and resume to Program Director, Andy Miller, at by December 20, 2019.

Email thoughtful cover letter and resume to Program Director, Andy Miller, at by December 20, 2019.


1212 4th Street SE, #201, Washington, DC 20003

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