Nonprofit

Youth Engagement Assistant – AmeriCorps

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
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Published 3 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Temporary
Start Date
September 1, 2024
End Date
August 31, 2025
Application Deadline
August 26, 2024
Experience Level
Entry level
Salary
USD $25,000 - $30,000 / year

Description

About SchoolTalk 

Founded in 2008, SchoolTalk, Inc. is a District of Columbia-based nonprofit whose goal is to help youth with disabilities and their peers thrive in school and achieve fulfilling post-secondary outcomes by creating spaces that emphasize self-determination, community-building, and inclusion. SchoolTalk supports the D.C. education community in collaboratively addressing complex challenges and creating practical solutions for assisting youth of all abilities achieve success. SchoolTalk’s programs actively work to improve postsecondary outcomes for youth through both proactive initiatives—such as youth leadership and mentoring, skill-building, and workforce development—and direct intervention to resolve issues in productive ways, such as mediation and restorative justice. SchoolTalk has two key program areas: inclusive education and restorative justice.

Position Summary 

Youth Engagement Assistants are AmeriCorps members supporting SchoolTalks direct youth-serving programs. The Youth Engagement Assistant directly supports the Arts to Advocacy Program Manager and the Restorative Justice Specialist and reports to the Development and Partnership Manager. The Youth Engagement Assistant will primarily support activities related to 1) the development of a Youth-Driven Council (YDC), 2) capacity building for SchoolTalk’s youth programs, and 3) ongoing professional development.

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Develop a Youth-Driven Council (YDC) to give young individuals a platform for decision-making within SchoolTalk's programs.
  • Lead the youth steering committee to establish and shape the YDC, including member recruitment and interviews.
  • In collaboration with the steering committee, conduct evidence-based research and gather stakeholder feedback to identify the YDC's needs.
  • Provide professional, technical, and operational assistance to support youth participation and civic engagement.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of youth engagement activities and workshops.
  • Organize and support trainings, learning sessions, and public advocacy events for youth.
  • Coordinate and implement youth activities outlined in the YDC  project plan.
  • Prepare for advocacy efforts requiring youth engagement and participation.
  • Contribute to content creation for stories, videos, and social media related to youth participation.
  • Co-design workshops and initiatives for personal growth and skill development among youth.
  • Support programming at the intersection of special education and restorative justice practices.
  • Co-facilitate violence prevention dialogue circles and circle keeper training for the Our School Our Voice restorative justice program.
  • Support arts and skill-building workshops for youth with disabilities and organize youth advocacy events with the Arts to Advocacy team.
  • Engage in ongoing professional development to stay updated on best practices and innovative methodologies in youth engagement, arts integration, restorative justice, and advocacy.

Qualifications 

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • At a minimum, the candidate must be a high school graduate, GED recipient, working toward attaining a high school diploma or GED during their term of service.
  • 1-2 years of experience in youth/community engagement, advocacy, or related fields.
  • Previous experience working with young adults is necessary.
  • Criminal history background checks are conducted on all AmeriCorps members when an offer is made. Your term of service is always contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check. The results of state and FBI criminal history background checks and national sexual offender checks through the National Sex Offender Public Registry Website are considered.
  • Participation in at least two (2) National Days of Service, as well as ongoing required trainings and professional development.

Preferred

  • Additional experience as a youth advocate in a local organization is preferred.
  • Passionate about engaging and empowering youth.
  • Experienced in working with diverse communities and integrating into schools.
  • Strong work ethic, exceptional time management, problem-solving, and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking abilities, with a focus on confidentiality and attention to detail.
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google applications (such as Google Docs and Sheets).
  • Demonstrates cultural competence and empowerment of marginalized communities.
  • Graduate of D.C. schools.

About SchoolTalk 

Founded in 2008, SchoolTalk, Inc. is a District of Columbia-based nonprofit whose goal is to help youth with disabilities and their peers thrive in school and achieve fulfilling post-secondary outcomes by creating…

Benefits

  • This is not a staff or volunteer position.
  • Hybrid position with a minimum of 2 days in the office required 
  • One-year service term from September 1, 2024 (or start date) through August 31, 2025
  • Serve a minimum of 35 hours a week for a total of 1700 hours during the service year
  • $25,000 - $30,000 stipend over the course of one year, paid bi-weekly.
  • $100 monthly travel stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Enrollment as an AmeriCorps service member. See www.americorps.gov for details.
  • $6,895 Education award that can be used for eligible student loans, tuition, and other education-related expenses after successfully completing your service year. See more information here https://americorps.gov/members-volunteers/segal-americorps-education-award
  • Leadership skill development and valuable experience for a career in education and youth development
  • 20 days of Paid Time Off 
  • 14 Paid Federal Holidays
  • This is not a staff or volunteer position.
  • Hybrid position with a minimum of 2 days in the office required 
  • One-year service term from September 1, 2024 (or start date) through August 31…

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
Suite 350

How to Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, and references to careers@schooltalkdc.org (subject line: Youth Engagement Assistant). Applications will only be accepted by email, and the position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen. SchoolTalk may choose not to consider incomplete or inaccurately submitted applications. No phone calls, please. 

Please submit resume, cover letter, and references to careers@schooltalkdc.org (subject line: Youth Engagement Assistant). Applications will only be accepted by email, and the…

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