Harlem Children’s Zone

Youth Advocate, Promise Academy

3+ months agoNew York, NY

HCZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment.

Harlem Children's Zone, Inc. (HCZ) is a multi-site, multi-program community organization that provides a unique and comprehensive interlocking network of education, social and health services, and recreation to more than 26,000 children and adults in Central Harlem. Many of the children HCZ works with go to public schools and attend its engaging after-school programs. Whether in its Promise Academy charter schools or public schools, HCZ's high standards and expectations are the same for all its children-ensuring that all of them are on track to attend college and successfully graduate. HCZ's overarching goal is to create a "tipping point" in the neighborhood so that children are surrounded by an enriching environment of college-oriented peers and supportive adults. Nationally and internationally recognized for its early and progressive intervention programs, HCZ has been lauded by The New York Times as "one of the most ambitious social-policy experiments of our time."

HCZ Promise Academy After-School is seeking part-time Youth Advocates that are passionate in various fields to support with creating curricula for our enrichment programs (Art, Photography, Music, Theatre, etc.). The Youth Advocate will develop strategies to expose students to the arts and support career preparation in the performing arts field. Through a variety of project-based learning enrichment classes, students will also have the opportunity to enhance their writing/literacy, computer technology, and leadership skills in the process. The mission of the program is to educate and empower youth to become agents of positive personal and social change through the arts, academics and activism.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with Middle School/High Schools scholars in all their high-quality enrichment activities (i.e. Arts, Music, Theatre and etc.)
  • Motivating and maintaining the interest of the student while setting an example in all areas, including time and attendance
  • Work with activity specialists to create and develop quality curricula for enrichment activities based on the Advocate's specialty and student needs (Art, Film, Music, Theatre, and etc.)
  • Develop lesson plans that are level appropriate for each group
  • Monitor and evaluate enrichment activities to ensure programs reach target goals and implement modifications as needed by the program
  • Encourage positive character development in all youth
  • Assist with program set-up and clean up
  • Maintain and monitor materials and equipment for the afterschool enrichment program
  • Support Harlem Children's Zone organization-wide programs and events
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • A commitment to the mission and programs of HCZ
  • Bachelor's degree with at least 1year of experience working in youth development
  • Must have knowledge of the New York City school system
  • Ability to effectively engage students
  • Patient, motivated, well organized, with exceptional communication skills
  • Dedicated to providing positive outcomes for children and families residing in Harlem

The compensation range for this position is $25-$30 per hour. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to hczcareers@hcz.org . No telephone inquiries or recruiters, please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. Harlem Children's Zone is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job ID: Harlem-YOUTH01496

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks
    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off
    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement
    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development
    • Promote From Within