Opportunity: The Young Women's Project is a dynamic, brave organization that develops leaders, takes on institutions, and builds youth power in DC. We are looking for a self starter with a flexible skill set that includes youth development, training and facilitation, and research and a demonstrated commitment to youth rights. We are a small, ambitious organization with a big agenda and limited resources. This is a part-time position working with our training staff to provide after school support.
Organizational Background: The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. Based in Washington, DC, YWP programs engage under-resourced youth of color, ages 14-22, with a focus on teen women, youth in foster care, and homeless youth. Youth staff and members are organized into two issue campaigns, driven by long-term-system-change-focused goals. The Peer Health and Sexuality Education (PHASE) campaign improves youth health outcomes and works to reduce unplanned pregnancies and STIs by expanding comprehensive health education and access to school-based health care, and engaging youth as peer educators and leaders. The Foster Care Campaign (FCC) develops foster youth leaders as they can transform their own lives and improve the child welfare system. YWP’s model engages youth on four levels: First, we employ youth and invest in their development! We hire 40-50 youth campaign staff each year that receive 150+ hours of training and work 6-8 hours a week during school and 25 during summer to educate youth, conduct research, and advocate for policies that support YWP's goals. Next, YWP hires 200 youth as health educators (through the Youth Health Educator Program (YHEP)), who work in high schools to distribute condoms. Third, YWP advocates for policies and programs that increase rights, resources, and job opportunities for under-resourced youth through a youth-adult partnership that integrates research, education, advocacy, and implementation work alongside of city agencies. Finally, we support the work of other youth serving organizations through the DC-Peer Educators Network (DC-PEN), which provides technical assistance, training, curricula, and funding for youth educator stipends to organizations across the city so that they can hire youth and contribute to youth health outcomes.
Position Summary: The Trainer will work as part of a 4-person team to train youth educators during after school hours on 2-3 days each week. The hour commitment can range from 10 to 16. The program schedule requires the Fellow to be available from 2:30-6:45PM at least two days a week Monday-Thursday.
Salary: $11.50 an hour
Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
- Train youth staff as trainers; oversee their community and school-based training work
- Coordinate to the recruitment, support, and management of youth staff and Wrap-MCs at 4-6 sites
- Contribute to training evaluation systems; evaluate training effectiveness
- Contribute to the development and implementation of specific youth-directed and led campaigns -- including the development and engagement of youth leaders
- BA or comparable experience in education, public health, youth development, social justice, or related fields.
- 2 years experience working with youth, women, and with communities of color;
- 1 years experience as a facilitator and trainer; can deliver trainings on a range of youth-relevant issues, using popular education and experiential learning techniques
- 1 years experience training youth and/or working with youth as peer educators and/or project developers
- Ability to develop and implement training programs that meet rigorous learning objectives and have demonstrated impact over time
- Knowledge of and experience working with youth relevant issues including sexual health, violence, mental and physical health, and youth-serving systems (including education and foster care);
- Commitment to social justice, youth empowerment, anti-oppression, and holistic comprehensive sexuality education for youth
- Strong problem-solving & critical thinking skills, and written and verbal communication skills;
- Able to meet deadlines and manage a busy workload
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, four professional references to Jessica Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “RJ Trainer” in the subject line. See www.youngwomensproject.org for more information. Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. The Young Women's Project is committed to affirmative action.