Youth Leader

YOUTH LEADER

Functional Area: Direct work with youth

Organization: Brookline Teen Center

Location: Brookline, MA

Hours: Part time afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays. There can be some flexibility with start time and days scheduled.

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 recent years, 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: Youth Leader

Responsibilities:

Direct Youth Work:

  • 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.
    • Confidently manage large groups
    • Problem solve teen conflicts effectively and appropriately
    • Ability to think and respond quickly in fast-paced, unstructured environments
    • Strong ability to build meaningful relationships with youth coming from diverse backgrounds.
    • Willingness to advocate on the youth’s behalf.

Customer Service:

  • 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.
  • Able to provide building assistance to visitors, potential renters, etc.

Miscellaneous:

  • Ability to be mobile throughout the shift
  • Flexible around events
  • Responding to emails involving youth information as well as program information
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the BTC.

 

 Qualifications:

  • High School diploma required. Bachelor’s preferred. Must be 21 years or older.
  • Previous experience working with children or youth.
  • 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)

Experience:

  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Ability to lead and implement activities and programming for youth.
  • Background in:
    • Arts
    • Sewing
    • Technology
    • Tutoring
    • Dungeons and Dragons
    • Music
    • Poetry
    • Sports
    • Dance
    • Karate
    • YOU GOT IT, WE WANT IT!!

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Assistant Teen Program Manager, Lynnit Sotomayor, at lsotomayor@brooklineteencenter.org.