The Teen Center is a dynamic environment that provides a broad array of after-school activities and programs for youth in such as, tutoring; arts and media classes; leadership development programs, and recreational opportunities. The Teen Center has a work environment that is team oriented. The scope of work often requires collaboration with other LAYC staff, schools or community partners. The Teen Center also serves as a means for connecting youth to other LAYC programs and supports.  

The Stripes Leadership Developer facilitates a program and works directly with LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 14-21, to develop the skills necessary to address the issues that impact their lives. A particular focus is placed on utilizing diverse approaches, including service learning, mentoring, arts and other forms of youth leadership development to facilitate youth-driven community change. The position would design and implement the after-school Stripes Program.  The program works to make the Teen Center a safe space for all youth with a focus on LGBTQ young people. The program brings together LGBTQ youth and allies to develop leadership skills, learn about issues, and plan a community service education project using radio or art.  The program takes place at the LAYC Teen Center. The group meets twice a week for 10 weeks. Each session is 2 hours long from 4-6pm.

Administrative and Curriculum Development:

  • Develop Syllabus for the program.
  • Work with youth to develop a mission statement and meeting agendas.
  • Maintain student attendance, and files.
Programs Responsibility:
  • Provide programming support via service-learning and advocacy projects to enhance leadership skills, and educational and career outcomes, in collaboration with youth participants and partner agencies, including reports related to direct service work, service learning and arts programming
  • Provide staffing support to youth in arts and radio programming.
  • Facilitate a program in which youth receive a foundation in the issues, leadership development, and support in executing their service project.
  • Create an engaging environment and structure for youth to fully participate in activities
  • Research, identify, and coordinate field trips and/or guest speakers that complement sessions.
  • Help students develop and complete activities to contribute to final project at the end of the session.  
  • Employs a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media, and performance assessments, which guide the learning process toward curriculum goals and student learning.
  • Uses technology to promote learning, creativity, and collaboration.
  • Work in collaboration with Radio and Art instructors to support students in realizing service projects.
  • Be responsible for the safety and well-being of students and equipment.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings as requested.
  • Maintain regular communication with supervisor about program operation issues.  
  • Be familiar with the work facility and regulations.
  • Keep staff informed of the students’ progress.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Bachelor’s degree or a related experience.  
  • At least 1 + years of experience in working with high school age youth.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to, work with at-risk or disconnected youth populations.
  • Experience in working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, academic, and disability backgrounds.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues, needs and interests of LGBTQ youth community, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity and transgender issues.
  • A strong commitment to social justice.
  • Willingness and ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to take on additional responsibilities as needed.
  • A positive attitude and genuine interest in providing quality instruction to program participants.
  • Complete criminal, TB and child abuse and neglect clearances.

To Apply:  

Submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information for two professional references to marie@layc-dc.org