Join the GDS Team, have a transformative learning experience, and help empower youth, families and our community to Reach their Potential! GDS Westchester is seeking a Community Advocate Volunteer to join our excellent team. The Community Advocate will help lead a grassroots campaign, The Equity Movement. The candidate must have a strong interest in mental health, youth, community, and social justice.
Due to Covid-19 this position is virtual and also has the capability of working on site safely at a distance. Candidate must have a strong interest in mental health, youth, community, and social justice.
Growth and Development Services, Inc. (GDS), is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by Dr. Gary Altheim. GDS was created to advocate and provide essential services to youth challenged by emotional, behavioral, educational and social issues. Due to Covid-19, GDS programs are virtual until we can go back into the school in Northern Manhattan.
Please review our campaign for social justice by viewing the video on our community Advocacy program page.
The volunteer can work only thru summer or if interested continue throughout the year.
The Equity Movement is a campaign to ensure the continuation of GDS programs, utilization of current community resources and the creation of new programs for children, youth adults and families that reside in Washington Heights/Inwood and beyond. Community advocates also help address need and issues related, social justice and marginalized youth. They advocate for most needed supportive services with community board members, meet with government officials, and attend community events.
Community Advocates help coordinate community impact events, contact alumni, attend community board meetings, co-lead GDS Advocacy Committee, and help market and fundraise.
Open to all levels of experience, recent graduates, and young adults are encourage to apply. Excellent writing, communication skills, and social media skill are essential. Current undergraduate or graduate students, pursuing advocacy, public administration, nonprofit management, marketing, communications or public relations are encouraged to apply.
Participants will work closely with a dynamic leadership team at GDS, a small non-profit organization serving individuals, families, and the community. GDS prides itself on its hands–on training approach through which participants learn administrative, advocacy and leadership skills. Participants will have the opportunity to use their newly learned knowledge on specific projects geared to engage the community and to enhance the agency’s provision of services. Through GDS’ Training Institute, participants will receive ongoing training on Community Leadership, Youth Advocacy, and Advocacy.
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Join the GDS Team, have a transformative learning experience, and help empower youth, families and our community to Reach their Potential! GDS Westchester is seeking a Community Advocate Volunteer to join our excellent team. The Community…
The candidate must be a team player, resourceful, and have excellent writing, computer, and organizational skills. . Hours are flexible. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Zadie Adams, Community Liaison/Program Coordinator, zadams@ExcelGDS.org.
Please visit our web site www.ExcelGDS.org and watch the advocacy video on our Community Advocacy program page https://www.excelgds.org/community-advocacy-program
Please include in your cover letter why you would like to work with GDS, your experience related to advocacy, and your availability. Hours are flexible must be available at least 2 days a week for the afterschool program.
We hope you are interested in becoming part of this GREAT Team and Agency!
The candidate must be a team player, resourceful, and have excellent writing, computer, and organizational skills. . Hours are flexible. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to Zadie…