Middle School Youth Leader

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH LEADER

 

Functional Area: Direct work with youth

Organization: Brookline Teen Center

Location: Brookline, MA

Hours: Mondays, 2:30-7:30PM

 

Overview:

Recognizing the urgent need for a place where teens could learn, grow and have fun, Brookline natives, Paul Epstein, a Brookline High School social worker and his wife, Saskia, a non-profit director, engaged a group of Brookline leaders and teens to explore the possibility of creating a teen center in Brookline in 2005.  The vision was to create a place where Brookline youth could spend their out-of-school time in a safe place with both formal and informal activities centered around academic enrichment, physical activity, and socio-emotional health.  In this way, the Teen Center will meet the need of local teens for a constructive, entertaining and affordable place to spend their out of school time and will be one of the only teen-only centers like it in the local area.

Since 2005, in collaboration with the Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline teens and community leaders have been working to move the vision of the Brookline Teen Center forward.  In 2011, the organization received its 501(c) 3 status and began fundraising in earnest.  In the fall of 2013 we opened our doors for business to the youth of Brookline.

Today, the BTC serves as a hub for out of school activities for Brookline youth.  On Mondays the BTC is filled with middle school students participating in structured activities, working on homework, or just hanging out with friends.  The rest of the week the BTC is open to high school students.  Brookline teens come to the BTC with their ideas and we help bring them to life.  In the last year, we have supported teens with running a bamboo bike building workshop, creating a makerspace, and starting a Lego Robotics program.  The BTC also offers programming in music, arts, and athletics and works with school clubs to host events and fundraisers.

 

Position: Middle School Youth Leader

 

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with other team members to fulfill mission of center (social and emotional well-being, physical and recreational opportunities and educational and enrichment activities).
  • Work directly with youth in the following capacities:
    • Develop meaningful, positive relationships and function as a role-model, mentor and advisor.
    • Lead youth in a variety of activities and programming in most areas of the Teen Center which include, but are not limited to, the gymnasium, fitness center, social recreation area, game room, dance/yoga studio, academic mezzanine, recording studio and bowling alley.
    • Provide opportunities for learning, skill-building and success
    • Provide supervision and oversight to ensure safety and smooth operations.
  • Work with volunteers in order to benefit youth.
  • Provide assistance in the cafe when needed.
  • Provide assistance at the front desk when needed.
  • Communicate with parents and guardians of members when appropriate.
  • End of the shift includes some written tasks and cleaning responsibilities.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma required. Bachelor’s preferred. Must be 21 years or older.
  • Previous experience working with children or youth.
  • Strong ability to build meaningful relationships with youth coming from diverse backgrounds.
  • Willingness to advocate on youth’s behalf.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to lead and implement activities and programming for youth.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the BTC.
  • Oral and written skills.
  • Ability to work after-school hours and/or weekends and/or school vacation days and/or some holidays.
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certifications preferred.
  • Must agree to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families background check.

 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Assistant Director of Programming, George Zahka, at gzahka@brooklineteencenter.org.