The YCS-180 Facilitator will work with middle school students attending schools in the Ravenswood City School District and/or high school students in the Sequoia Unified High School district. Instruction can take place in an after-school or school day setting. Facilitators will use YCS Service Learning curriculum in combination with the 180 Degree program curriculum to create lessons.

Mission

Youth Community Service promotes the ethic of service, fosters youth leadership, builds community and enhances education for young people in grades 6-12. We do this by providing service and leadership programs for youth from East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Redwood City and by providing service learning training and support for teachers from San Mateo to Monterey Counties.

The 180 Degree program helps youth enhance their lives and achieve their full potential, one-degree at a time. The program integrates the best research from social emotional learning, where students learn skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, personal accountability, responsibility, and decision-making, and overlays them with the real-world application both live and through technology.

Specific Responsibilities

The YCS -180 Facilitator will lead up to 8 hours a week of programming with 20-25 middle school or high school students, based on the 180 Degree and YCS curriculum. The remaining hours are to be used for preparing lessons, working with school staff to collect data on students in the program, entering data on the 180 database, identifying and addressing student needs, and attending staff meetings. There will also be occasional Saturday hours required for Saturday school and quarterly community service event days.

Facilitators are responsible for completing 180 paperwork, such as daily lesson plans, attendance, student surveys, and monthly reports. Facilitators will also be responsible for working with school staff to collect grades, attendance, and disciplinary actions of students in the program and report findings on the180 database.

Facilitators are to attend YCS staff meetings, training workshops provided by the 180 Degree program, and should attend weekly site staff meetings.

The YCS-180 Facilitator will work in close partnership at each school with other after school program partners and school staff, including the principal and classroom teachers as well as with the parents of the students.

Facilitators are expected to collaborate with other YCS staff to plan service trips. Facilitators will be invited to join teams of community leaders to plan events.

The position will provide the opportunity to deepen your experience with youth development and service learning. The YCS-180 Facilitator will work directly with students, convening and facilitating their meetings to build relationships of trust and respect and to develop strong leaders capable of addressing personal, school and community needs.

As support to the YCS-180 Facilitators, the YCS team includes a Youth Program Director for the Ravenswood City School District, the YCS Service Learning Director and Executive Director. The 180 Degree program also provides support from its President and IT team.

Success will be measured by feedback from students, teachers, program staff, and the creation of well-documented procedures.

School Year Outcomes and Indicators

Students participating in YCS-180 programs will develop leadership skills and understanding of community assets and needs. They will experience personal growth and be able to apply their new skills and strategies in academic courses and personal situations.

Desirable Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience working with 6-12 grade students and classroom teachers.
  • Ability to be outgoing and work with young people, both middle and high school students.
  • Passionate commitment to community service and service learning.
  • Experience working in diverse, multicultural environments.
  • Strong commitment, written and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet monthly deadlines.
  • Prior experience working in a professional office environment preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a tight-knit, fun group environment.
  • Flexible and positive.
  • Exercise excellent judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to all constituents.
  • Ability to handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously and manage the details related to each.
  • Strong working knowledge of Apple OS, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Spoken and written knowledge of Spanish is highly desired.

Other Qualifications

  • Facilitators must utilize own transportation for field work (with mileage expense reimbursement).
  • Facilitators will need to work flexible schedule: occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Facilitators must submit a copy of their driver’s license and DMV record, and they must have a clean driving record.
  • Facilitators must submit results from s TB test and place fingerprints on record through LiveScan.
  • Facilitators will be required to show proof of citizenship, permanent residency in the US or authorization to work in the US when you begin work.

Additional Information

  • Hours are 13 hours per week per school site.
  • Duration of position mid-August through mid-June, 2015-2016 school year.
  • Range for the hourly rate for this position is: $13.00/hr. to $17.50/hr.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resumé to: julia@youthcommunityservice.org.