WHO ARE WE?
Young Storytellers sparks creative self-discovery through storytelling. Our programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them. Young Storytellers works towards a future where young people experience the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live.
Young Storytellers works with students in elementary, middle, and high school. In elementary school, students write scripts that are completely their own; in middle school, students write monologues about challenges they face; and in high school, students write Public Service Announcements that address important issues in their self-identified communities. Students in each program work with volunteer mentors, and every student gets to see their work performed by professional actors. Young Storytellers programs are designed around Common Core standards, integrate Social and Emotional Learning activities, and include components of Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards.
WHAT IS THIS POSITION?
The Program Support Intern is integral to Young Storytellers’ success in the virtual space. The Program Support Intern, or as we fondly callt hem, theZ oomtern, is the reason our virtual programs can be successful. Acting as a support to our lead volunteers (Head Mentors) the Zoomtern is present at the program sessions to ensure that virtual program space is set up properly and that students are in attendance. The Zoomtern works closely with the School Partners Specialist and Program Support Specialist to communicate essential information to students and their families or guardians, ensuring that they have everything that they need to be active and engaged participants in our programs. The Zoomtern’s work allows Young Storytellers to reach hundreds of students each semester, and for those students to express their unique voices in a brave space during a time when it is needed most. As is true at any non-profit, Young Storytellers is a dynamic environment where flexibility, humor, and openness are integral to our success (especially during a global pandemic).
COOL BUT LET'S GET SPECIFIC. WHAT'S INVOLVED IN THIS INTERNSHIP?
● Working with the Programs Team to support student attendance in Young Storytellers Zoom sessions;
● Communicating program specifics with students, families, and guardians through phone and texting platforms;
● Tracking student attendance through creating weekly student attendance reports and communicating with students and families;
● Acting as the first line of defense for our lead volunteers (Head Mentors) on Zoom and tech-related questions;
● Supporting Head Mentors during virtual performances and Big Shows by acting as tech support and coordinating student participation.
As Needed Responsibilities:
● Acting as a liaison between YS staff, students, and school liaisons;
● Providing tech support to Head Mentors who are less confident in their Zoom skills;
● Supporting the Young Storytellers team in outward-facing webinars, such as our community
● Assisting the program team with student attendance, family/guardian communication and
outreach, and program coordination.
AM I A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION?
● Written and verbal fluency in both English and Spanish required;
● Strong verbal and written communication skills;
● Attentive and responsive to program needs;
● Strong technical support skills and proficiency required, especially with Zoom;
● Experience working with schools, students, and/or educational programs preferred;
● Excellent time management skills;
● The ability to handle sensitive personal information with integrity;
● Knowledge of or interest in the nonprofit and/or education sector is preferred;
● A willingness to learn and grow.
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS FOR THIS POSITION?
The Program Support Internship is available for class credit and comes with a $1,000 stipend, payable upon completion of the internship. This internship requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours a week for at least 10 weeks. Hours are flexible but availability of 3-4 days a week during school hours is preferred. The position will be remote for the foreseeable future, with the possibility of returning to our office in the Arts District when it is safe to do so. A successful completion of the internship will result in a positive reference and a portfolio demonstrating their work with Young Storytellers. The approximate start date is mid-January 2021.
OK, I'M IN. HOW DO I APPLY?
Please send your resume and a short cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply with “Program Support Intern / Your Last Name” in the subject line.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Young Storytellers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. That being said, belonging is a core value of the Young Storytellers culture, and our daily practices around equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-bias, antidiscrimination ,and antiracism are central to that value. Young Storytellers firmly believes that Black Lives Matter. We encourage womxn and gender diverse people, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans, immigrants, and anyone with a disability to apply for this and all our positions. Young Storytellers has designed our interview, onboarding, and ongoing cultural practices to be a welcoming space for everyone. You can read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism on our website. For any questions or accommodations while applying due to a disability, please email us at ------------ or call us at------------.
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