Mentor-Elementary School-Kensington, Brooklyn
Elmhurst, NY
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Mentor for Elementary School Program, Kensington, Brooklyn (Part-Time Position)
South Asian Youth Action (SAYA)

Are you interested in a career in education? Do you want to gain professional skills? As a Mentor at South Asian Youth Action (SAYA), you can gain valuable experience in youth development while developing professional skills transferable to any setting. SAYA is committed to providing its employees opportunities for growth and room for creativity in a supportive community environment.

SAYA: Belong. Grow. Thrive.

Organization Description:

South Asian Youth Action (SAYA) is a 501(c)3 organization for New York City youth ranging in age from first graders to college students. SAYA is South Asian-focused, inclusive and committed to connecting young people from all backgrounds to opportunities. Our mission is to foster a strong sense of belonging in youth and provide them with tools to thrive academically, professionally and personally. Many of our participants are first- or second-generation immigrants and face challenges that can hinder their chances to be academically successful, graduate high school and go to college. SAYA provides an accessible, safe and culturally affirming space for all youth and offers mentorship beyond the classroom so they confidently grow into engaged community members ready for college, career and personal success. Established in 1996, SAYA has grown into a $4.3 million organization currently running programs at nine NYC schools and our community center in Elmhurst, Queens

Position Summary:

As a Mentor for Elementary School Programs, you will design an engaging and intellectually stimulating experience for students while supervising and ensuring the safety of the youth under your care. You will develop a rapport, provide guidance, and serve as a role model for youth.

Reports to: Program Director

Compensation: Starting at $15 an hour, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Schedules are flexible depending on employee's availability.

Responsibilities:

  • Create a fun, safe, and structured environment for youth which is inclusive to all youth, parents, staff, and key stakeholders.
  • Plan, develop and implement age-appropriate curriculum including interactive challenging activities and games that enable the youth to develop core competencies and social emotional skills.
  • Manage classroom and maintain positive learning environment
  • Provide assistance with homework and encourage academic progress; feel comfortable providing homework help
  • Actively monitor and engage youth during all program activities including meals, transitions, field trips, clubs, program activities, recreation and dismissal.
  • Provide guidance, problem-solving facilitation, and behavior modification direction.
  • Serve as a role model for youth by demonstrating professional language and behavior.
  • Develop positive, caring relationships with young people and their families.
  • Use youth development principles to improve program quality and support youth's growth.
  • Collaborate and communicate constructively with supervisory staff and team members.
  • Ensure proper care of all spaces and materials, organize room and report any misused or damaged materials to the Program Director.
  • Complete and submit in a timely manner all program reports relative to this position, including but not limited to: supply request, lesson plans, incident reports, attendance, snack count and timesheets.
  • Actively participate in training and professional development opportunities to continuously improve on program quality.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or current college students preferred; high school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Prior experience working with school age children required.
  • Interest and experience in youth development, academic enrichment and creating interactive, educational/artistic activities.
  • A genuine enthusiasm for developing professional skills through training opportunities and field practice.
  • Comply with School Age Child Care (SACC) requirements including background check and medical clearance.
  • Bilingual is considered a plus.

Key Competencies

Ideal candidate will excel in the following areas:

  • 1. Communication: The candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people including youth, teachers, school administrations, parents, and other staff. They will be able to work as part of a team with the school community and other SAYA programs. They will be able to consider situations from multiple perspectives in order to avoid and manage conflict.
  • 2. Flexibility: The candidate will be comfortable adapting to changing circumstances. They will be able to work with youth of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

SAYA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type Part Time