Opportunity: The Young Women's Project (YWP) 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 reproductive justice We are a small, ambitious organization with a big agenda and limited resources. We all wear a lot of hats. This position is well-suited for someone with a flexible skill set, willing to take on a range of youth development-training work, and interested in taking on increasing responsibility within the organization.
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 underresourced 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 Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating work at 6-10 school-based sites, working with PHASE staff to conduct training for youth health educators, developing lesson plans and other training materials, coordinating youth-led projects, and collecting, compiling, and presenting evaluation data. Because PHASE trainings are scheduled after school from 4:15pm-6:45pm, the Coordinator must be available during these hours for three days a week. The Coordinator will also have to travel to schools often, and work weekends (only 1-2 per year) for youth trainings.
Salary Range: $34,000-$42,000 with benefits (vacation, sick, health)
Youth Oversight and Development
- Develop, support, train, and manage PHASE youth staff;
- Adapt and develop curricula and training materials as needed
- Conduct core and advanced reproductive health training for new staff
- Develop systems to improve program operations and respond to problems;
- Prepare reports, records, and related program documents as required;
- Contribute to program evaluation, tracking, and reporting systems
- Monitor individual youth progress; collect evaluation data on key growth areas
Coordination for School-Based Youth Work
- Complete data collection for all teams including session evaluations, module charts, midterm interviews
- Coordinate youth data collection; compile results
- Ensure outcomes are met on partner school sites
- Revise curricula, training tools, and other materials as needed
Program Evaluation and Planning
- Prepare reports, records, and related program documents as require;
- Manage program evaluation, tracking, and reporting systems;
- Create data collection tools to evaluate program
- Manage overall recruitment strategy and develop plan
Policy Research and Development
- Working with Manager develop a reproductive justice advocacy strategy
- Research and identify state models and networks and best practices.
- Assist in survey design and data compilation
- Help build relationships with key charter and public school contacts, local elected officials, DC agency directors and staff, and key stakeholders.
- Work with youth staff to tell stories through written and visual means, develop testimony, and present testimony at meetings, hearings, and other events;
- Conduct policy research on issues identified for PHASE campaigns.
- Contribute to annual plans; help lead program planning, evaluation
- Manage the development and implementation of teen-led campaigns
- Provide technical assistance to PHASE campaigns
- Create web and social media content
- Update YWP website with photos, written content, and links
- Create materials and resources for YHEP recruitment and outreach efforts
- Train youth on using social media to expand health educator network
- Train youth in creating web content through different media
- Assist in the development of short videos, infographics, presentations, and photography
- Assist in the development of a "youth health educator communications guide"
- BA in education, public health, youth development, social justice, or related fields.
- 3 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer; can deliver trainings on a range of youth-relevant issues, using popular education and experiential learning techniques
- 2 years of experience training youth and/or working with youth trainers, organizers, project developers; understanding of youth development framework; ability to integrate principals into training, program design, practice;
- 3 years of experience working with youth, women, and with communities of color;
- Demonstrated skills in data collection, management, and analysis; creating reports
- Experience updating websites, creating content for websites and social media
- Knowledge of and experience in sexual health, violence, mental and physical health, and with youth-serving systems; commitment to comprehensive sexual health education
- Deep, demonstrated commitment to building youth power and working with youth as partners to improve youth serving institutions
- Strong problem-solving & critical thinking skills, and written and verbal communication skills;
- Highly organized with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complex projects
- Flexible, diverse skill set and work approach
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and four professional references to:
Nadia Gold-Moritz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write Coordinator -RJ 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.