Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schoolsgrowing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
Reporting to the Dean of Programs, the Youth Development Specialist will be responsible for advising a caseload of 9th or 10th grade students and leading enrichment activities aimed at developing the skills, competencies, and attitudes that are essential for a positive experience in high school. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about social emotional learning and building relationships with youth during an important period in their lives.
Responsibilities:* 9th Grade or 10th Grade Seminar:
* 9th Grade Youth Development Specialists will adapt and implement a new curriculum designed to orient 9th grade students to the skills, competencies, and attitudes required to be successful in high school including grading practices, study skills, and goal setting;
* 10th Grade Youth Development Specialists will adapt and implement a new curriculum designed to support students towards their cumulative 10th grade Defense of Learning assessment;
* Co-facilitate a seminar experience that allows students to reflect, assess, and present on their academic progress, social emotional growth, and extracurricular experiences;
* Adapt and utilize assessments that will successfully measure progress towards goals.
* Perform case management:
* Mentor a caseload of approximately 50 students through monthly one-on-one meetings, family conferences and family outreach;
* Collaborate with staff to craft a set of academic, extracurricular, and social/emotional milestones for youth, and support youth's work towards these goals;
* Consistently enter caseload notes after each one-on-one
* Collaborate with staff to ensure all students on caseload participate in at least one extracurricular activity during the school year and one summer experience.
* Coordinate extracurricular activities:
* Serve as liaison between an external enrichment provider, DREAM, youth participants and families to assist with logistics, participation, policies and procedures.
* Support in development and execution of afterschool and summer programming
* Support school culture leadership:
* Work with grade grade team to analyze academic and culture data, revise practices, norm on team-wide initiatives, and discuss individual youth with a solutions-oriented mindset;
* Regularly communicate youth's progress towards milestones with families.
Qualifications:* Bachelor's degree preferred;
* At least one year of youth development experience with high school aged students;
* Strong group facilitation skills and ability to manage behaviors using positive youth development principles, including experience with restorative justice practices;
* Demonstrated ability to build relationships and interact with youth in a way that develops socio-emotional competencies;
* Demonstrated ability to modify content to meet the needs of a variety of learners;
* Exceptional planning skills, high attention to detail, and a skilled problem solver;
* Understanding of opportunities and challenges in the lives and education of urban youth;
* Ability to create positive working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including youth, families, school staff and partner organizations.
* A desire to make a different in the lives of our students, families, and community;
* Deep embodiment of DREAM's organizational values of teamwork, diversity, integrity, and fun.
DREAM's VACCINATION POLICY
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OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation mattersit enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dreamalong with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.