CONNECTIONS - YOUTH DEVELOPMENT WORKER: LOWER ELEMENTARY

Holyoke Public Schools District - Central Office ( learn more )

Holyoke Public Schools

Holyoke , MA ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2891207
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : February 9, 2018

Job Description

DISTRICT OVERVIEW

Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) serves 5,400 students in 11 schools and employs nearly 1500 people.  The District was placed into receivership by the State of Massachusetts in Spring 2015, due to struggling performance well below the state average. Dr. Stephen Zrike Jr., a seasoned Massachusetts educator, was selected as Receiver to lead this exciting turnaround effort, which includes significant autonomy and flexibility from the traditional school system.  Since being in receivership, the District has experienced many promising successes.  In school year 2015-16, the District saw a 7-percentage point increase in proficiency in English Language Arts and a 4-point gain in Math, and attendance rates are up across the District.  HPS has also extended the school day for students in preschool to 8th grade, expanded choice programs such as dual language and personalized learning, and offering new opportunities to students, such as computer science and many other enrichment programs. For more information about the HPS Turnaround Plan, please visit: https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/turnaround/.

 

POSTION OVERVIEW

This is an ideal position for an innovative and enthusiastic team player who is passionate about promoting positive youth development in an afterschool setting.  Youth Development Workers will work as a team with fellow youth workers, along with the Program Coordinator, Academic Coordinator, and Enrichment Instructors to create an after-school program experience that is supportive, safe, and learning centered for Holyoke students.  Youth Development Workers will serve as support to academic teachers as well as enrichment instructors, and will also be responsible for assisting in the implementation team and community building activities.  There is also opportunity for Youth Development Workers to implement enrichment activities during the enrichment block.   Responsibilities include:

 

Student Support

  • Provide support for every component of the afterschool day including; recreation, academic, and enrichment activities
  • Build strong, positive relationships with students through positive and respectful, 1:1 conversations, mentoring and skill building activities
  • Promote positive behavior, youth development and student voice and leadership within the afterschool program
  • Provide 1:1 and small group academic support to students under the direction of a certified teacher
  • Address behavior issues/concerns in accordance with established behavior policies

 

Program Support

  • Be an active participant in staff development and engage in reflection on adult practices to promote positive youth development  and social emotional learning
  • Support staff in providing students with a program environment that is conducive to learning
  • Assist teachers and enrichment instructors with various logistical aspects of  implementing enrichment programs and academic support

Family and Community Engagement

  • Make weekly phone calls home to families and parents to offer positive feedback about youth participation in the program
  • Participate in family engagement events and activities

Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or working towards one with demonstrated student leadership experience
  • Some experience with with students in in urban setting preferred
  • Demonstrated interested in urban education, social justice, youth development, afterschool education or enrichment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent teamwork skills and ability to be flexible and think creatively
  • Bilingual applicants (Spanish) strongly encouraged to apply

Salary: $14 per hour, 10-12 hours per week

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Elementary
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Holyoke Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of a person's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national Origin, ancestry, age, sex, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Kelly Curran , Administrative Secretary
    • 57 Suffolk Street
    • Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

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