Youth Leader

Functional Area: Direct work with youth

Organization: Brookline Teen Center

Location: 40 Aspinwall, Ave. Brookline, MA

Hours: Part Time, various shifts afternoons and evenings 3PM – 8PM and until 10PM on weekends. (This is an after school position)

Overview:

The Brookline Teen Center provides a safe place for teens to connect with one another, gain access to valuable academic support and engage in unique learning opportunities that will reveal their strengths and interests. All youth can excel when provided with opportunities for healthy risk-taking, allowing them to discover their own identities and unique skills.

Funded entirely by private donations, the BTC offers social, recreational and academic areas including a music recording studio, candlepin bowling, half court gym, yoga and dance studio, social recreational area, fitness center, cafe, game room, ping pong and 2,000 square feet of academic enrichment space which includes computers, a classroom, study space and a tutor room. Teen-centered programming supplements the lively activities in this architecturally inspiring converted parking garage.

The BTC serves as a hub for out of school activities for Brookline youth.  Mondays is a drop in day for middle school students while high school students can drop in on any  other day. 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. The BTC strives to help youth be their best version of themselves. 

Position: Youth Leader

Responsibilities:

Direct Youth Work:

  • Strong ability to build meaningful relationships with youth coming from diverse backgrounds.
  • Provide supervision and oversight to ensure the safety of youth
  • Help create a warm and welcoming environment for our youth and other users.
  • Communicate with parents and guardians of members when appropriate.
  • Lead youth in a variety of activities and programming
    • Confidently manage large groups
    • Problem solve teen conflicts effectively and appropriately through role modeling and mediation
    • Ability to think and respond quickly in a fast-paced environment
    • Willingness to advocate on the youth’s behalf.
    • Tasks: check youth in, sell snacks in cafe, welcome visitors and potential renters of space.  

Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s preferred. 
  • Previous experience working with children or youth.
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Ability to work after-school hours and/or weekends and/or school vacation days and/or some holidays.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the BTC.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to be mobile throughout the shift
  • First Aid/CPR/AED certifications preferred.
  • Must agree to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check

Ideal Candidate: 

  • The ideal candidate will be self motivated, responsive, passionate about youth work, and bring their own personal passions and interests to the Brookline Teen Center to share with our youth. 
    • In other words BRING YOUR PASSIONS! YOU GOT IT, WE WANT IT!!

The Brookline Teen Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

TO APPLY: email a cover letter and resume to info@brooklineteencenter.org