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Academic Mentor & Life Skills Coach (Intern)
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Internship (minimum of 15 hours per week, October to Dec 2019; able to extend beyond December if intern is interested)
LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
REPORTS TO: Director of Community Health and Well-Being
The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Across our eight locations, we empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the community. While we support anyone who walks through our doors, over nearly 25 years, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.
AAFSC works across four priority areas—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy relationships, and family reunification. We get our families ready to succeed, work, and lead productive lives. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by counseling families, offering case management services to victims of violence, and cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people. Finally, AAFSC communicates the needs of the marginalized, amplifying their voices for increased impact.
The Academic Mentor & Life Skills Coach – Internship will play a critical role to support and strengthen our programming for boys and young men of color (BYMOC) with an emphasis on creating a space for Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) BYMOC to heal, grow, and thrive. This role will support all student programming, but specifically our BYMOC through the MENar peer group including outreach, planning and delivery, individual support with academics, life transitions, leadership, and post-secondary support for youth 14 and older at our AAFSC locations. The Coach will work directly with participants one-on-one and in group settings. The Coach should be passionate about working with students from diverse backgrounds, including first generation college students.
A successful person in this role will possess strong personal leadership qualities, powerful and effective communication skills, academic achievement, be highly organized, and effectively work independently as well as in teams. A commitment to immigrant, refugee, and low-income communities is essential for success in this role.
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Academic Support –Program Planning & Delivery
- Research, design, and implement culturally-responsive and trauma-informed programming. Build and maintain active repository of curricula that is made accessible and available on organizational servers.
- Contribute to lesson plans and provide homework help and other designated academic enrichment activities aimed at supporting individual learning and academic goals.
- In partnership with the rest of the team, arrange for outside speakers or programming to expose students to college and career options, as well as strengthen life skills and support life transitions students are experiencing.
- Serve as academic mentor and life skills coach for youth participants ages 14 and older.
- Facilitate 1:1 program sessions with participants, including reading coaching, STEM coaching, preparation for exams, college & career connections, and academic tutoring.
- Conduct group sessions or workshops on pertinent issues impacting participants engaging them in peer support to deal with social problems as a cohort.
- Foster goals and interests of participants to encourage post-secondary and career exploration.
- Support and strengthen individual learning, academic goals, and critical thinking skills by monitoring small group work, and providing one-on-one assistance.
- Organize, collect, and showcase student work and maintain individual participant plans.
- Maintain classroom discipline.
- Develop relationships with students based on respect and trust.
- Be a positive role model; engage and inspire students.
- Assist with program setup and dismissal.
- Adhere to all organizational and program policies and procedures.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Life Skills & Leadership Support (MENar)
- Serve as a support in the classroom for the MENar peer group.
- Conduct holistic outreach and recruitment for the young adult initiatives with a particular focus on MENar and BYMOC.
- Use insights gained from conversations, focus groups, and meetings with BYMOC and their families, allies, and community members to design, facilitate, and continuously refine a culturally responsive and trauma-informed program.
- Work with colleagues to implement our unique, culturally responsive Healthy Relationships curriculum to support and promote a holistic and informed understanding of personal identity and interpersonal relationships.
- Continually seek to improve quality of program and ensure that it meets the needs of community youth by seeking out, maintaining, and developing opportunities for partnerships, events, projects, etc.
- Enter all participants and necessary participant information on internal database software and any required external databases.
- Take attendance on daily basis and make follow-up phone calls, home visits, and school outreach visits as necessary.
- Maintain adequate supplies and monitor classroom space to ensure safety standards are being met.
- Ensure program maintains compliance through detailed documentation and collaboration with other AAFSC team members.
- Prepare for and meet site visit expectations.
Ambassador & Champion
- Every AAFSC team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s mission, vision and values. This includes the following:
- Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Development & Communications team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Development & Communications team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.
- All team members are expected to support the Development and Communications team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.
- Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
- Participate in AAFSC meetings and internal and external trainings as assigned.
- Assist in preparation for site visits and external visitors.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
BACKGROUND & POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
- Bachelor’s degree required, or working towards bachelor’s degree or master’s degree.
- Two years of experience working with youth or young adults in an academic or coaching capacity preferred.
- Strong writing and communication skills required.
- Experience working with immigrant or low-income youth, or experience working with students in school or community-based settings, preferred.
- Excellent organizational, time-management, follow-up, and administrative skills with attention to detail.
- Self-starter with the ability to work independently, and as a part of a team.
- Bilingual fluency in English as well as one of the following languages is a plus: Arabic, Urdu, Bangla/Bengali, or another language.
- Computer skills in Microsoft Office suite and excellent writing skills are required
- Internship contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance
- U.S. Work Authorization required.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit a resume, cover letter outlining your fit for this position, and a list of three references (not family members) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals are encouraged to ap