Program Liaison – Americorps Position

Community for Youth’s mission is to inspire and support the social, emotional, and academic development of students through mentoring, learning experiences, and a powerful community.

How We Work

Community for Youth (CfY) is a Seattle-based nonprofit with over 30 years of experience transformation of teens, mentors, and community in South Seattle through one-on-one mentorship, community building activities, and facilitated workshops. CfY has a unique model of curriculum which provides community building opportunities for students and mentors alike.

CfY offers an academic year (October – June) program that is designed to step past traditional mentoring practices and offer a “Critical Mentoring” experience that centers the young person, that addresses the systems and environments that shape a young person’s experience, and that partners with young people to provide opportunity brokering and social change. Critical mentoring is about activism and resistance: resistance to racism and oppression; activism to make impactful social change by leveraging the mentoring relationship and powerful community we co-create with our students and mentors.

Essential Functions of the Member Position

Workshops:

  • Oversee logistics of workshops, such as: track attendance, delegate setup and cleanup tasks, solicit and coordinate snack and meal donations from local businesses, ensure that workshop materials are ready and available;
  • Facilitate pieces of the workshop curriculum around social-emotional skills, identity and building community;
  • Assist the Workshop Facilitator by ensuring smooth workshop transitions and flow;
  • Observe and participate in workshop activities
  • Support Student Leaders as they develop their voice and leadership skills

Office:

  • Track attendance and youth demographics;
  • Support Staff with resource navigation and support for students, parents, and mentors
  • Support Parent outreach efforts and help lead several Key Program events (What’s Next, Spring Service Showcase, Open House, Completion Ceremonies, etc.)

Student Engagement:

  • Support Student Leaders in student recruitment and high school engagement
  • Host a table in public high schools in South Seattle during lunch 2-3 times per week to build interest in and recruit students; and support current students
  • Facilitate brief in-class presentations to students about CfY’s program;
  • Outreach to students to retrieve enrollment paperwork;
  • Communicate with parents/guardians of students to answer questions about the program;

Camp: Each learning community of students and mentors attends an overnight camp for two nights and three days at the start of the program. The purpose of these camps is for students and mentors to get to know each other and build community in order to inform their match selection. The Program Liaison will assist with these camps by:

  • Assist with planning and facilitating activities at camp;
  • Attend the entirety of each weekend-long camp;
  • Work with staff to oversee the successful flow of all activities.

The above member description includes the majority, but not all of the Program Liaison’s roles and responsibilities. We are a small nonprofit and assist each other with projects that arise throughout the year. It is our expectation that our member will be flexible and excited about collaborating as a team to achieve a shared goal. We are also committed to our AmeriCorps members learning about areas they are interested in by tailoring the experience to a reasonable degree.

Additional member responsibilities per Washington Service Corps:

WSC members may be deployed to help support disaster response and/or recovery efforts. Sponsor organizations must agree to release members for short term duration to assist with these efforts. Deployment may be waived if it presents undue hardship for an individual member. All deployments would be requested by the WSC unless your host organization is a disaster response organization, where any requests for deployment would require initial approval by the WSC.

Qualifications and Desired Qualities

  • Eligibility to serve by WSC/AmeriCorps standards;
  • Passion for youth development;
  • Critical analysis of systems of oppression; Critical Mentoring and Race & Social Justice
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; attention to detail
  • High level of flexibility and adaptability to meet changing work demands;
  • Commitment to complete the 10.5 month commitment with AmeriCorps;
  • Possess solid interpersonal skills with a wide variety of groups;
  • Desire and drive to grow and gain new skills;
  • Ability to successfully set priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Skilled at working on a very close, collaborative team;
  • Skills in multiple languages a plus;
  • Critical analysis of systems of oppression;
  • People of Color, LGBTQ folks and people from South Seattle strongly encouraged to apply.

What Members can Expect from CfY

Community for Youth honors the individual journey and process of each of its students, volunteers and staff members. We strive to bring our best selves to our relationships with one another as a community. We promote a positive, collaborative, honest and dynamic team environment, where self-care is at the forefront.

Supervision

Stephen Song, Director of Programs, will be the primary supervisor of the Program Liaison. Stephen will provide regular and ongoing training, support and guidance.

Work Schedule and Compensation

This is a 40 hour per week position and will be compensated based on the AmeriCorps monthly stipend. Daily hours are between the hours and 8:00 and 5:00, though some evening and weekend work will be required, in which case flex time is awarded.

To Apply

Please email Stephen Song at stephen@communityforyouth.org with a resume and cover letter outlining why you are a qualified, competitive candidate for this position.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Community for Youth is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, the presence of a disability, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our equal opportunity policy applies to all phases of employment, including recruiting, hiring, job assignment, supervision, training, upgrading, transfer, compensation, benefits, promotion, education and recreation, layoff and termination.