Step Up believes that allgirls (regardless of race, class, gender identity/journey, gender presentation/expression, ability, ethnicity, citizenship status, languages spoken, religion, etc) deserves the opportunity to fulfill her potential. We are a national social emotional learning organization focused on mentorship and sharing social capital. We leverage the time, talent, and resources of professional women mentors who engage with Step Up teens in after school workshops, conferences, field trips, and special events that are designed to support teens in developing skills that empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of women leaders.
Step Up envisions a world where everyone has a seat at the table. We take a positive youth approach to working with teen girls that is rooted in cultivating inclusion and belonging and providing opportunities for teens to engage in creative, interactive Step Up after school and out of school workshops that allow them to develop social emotional learning skills amongst peers and adults. Our programs aim to fill a gap and diversify leadership by providing safe and brave spaces where women mentors creatively inspire teen girls to graduate from high school as confident, emotionally intelligent girls committed to achieving their goals and thriving through post-secondary education and career exploration. Our mentors’ and staff contributions toward this effort focuses on the empowerment of historically marginalized teen girls, ultimately leading to a more just and prosperous society.
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Who you are:
You are committed to Step Up’s mission and are passionate about fully engaging and empowering all women and girls as agents of a just and prosperous society.
You have a Bachelor’s Degree in liberal arts, youth development, secondary education, social sciences, or social work.
You are preferably bilingual in English and Spanish
What you’ll do:
You will be responsible for recruiting and facilitating 80 girls at 2 schools, strategizing and collaborating with your team to reach recruitment, enrollment, and attendance goals. You will be responsible for implementing weekly workshops based on Step Up’s Curriculum Guide with a social emotional lens. Furthermore, you will participate in planning and/or executing a variety of teen and member events throughout the year, including seasonal conferences, occasional career exploration field trips, and monthly workshops for high school seniors. As a facilitator, you agree to thoughtfully develop all experiences to be learning and development opportunities aligned with Step Up’s Program Theory.
How you’ll do it:
Effective School Relationships:
Develop and maintain a positive presence and relationship with key school personnel, ensuring Step Up programming schedules are supported and that teens are connected with relevant supportive services and school personnel.
Communicate with school liaisons + personnel to secure and remain updated about technology access, storage space, workshop space, and time for Step Up recruitment, programming, and special events.
Teen Recruitment and Engagement:
Reach out to enrolled teens, individually, at least once a week and maintain regular contact with each participant’s parent/guardian.
Coordinate teen transportation to sessions or special events and/or transport program participants, as needed.
Create a safe space for Step Up teens that allows them to build their confidence and create trusting and nurturing relationships with their peers.
Learning + Development Execution:
Cultivate safe + brave spaces for all girls (regardless of race, class, gender identity/journey, gender presentation/expression, ability, ethnicity, citizenship status, languages spoken, etc) rooted in Step Up values and a teen-created team contract
Facilitate up to 3 creative, arts and media-based after- school or in-school workshops per week, on site at Step Up partner schools.
Develop engaging, teen-centric, culturally relevant activities, projects, and games for each workshop, that are aligned to Step Up’s curriculum guide and social and emotional learning framework.
Develop workshops that thoughtfully consider the integration of visiting women mentors
Attend conferences + special events and share program happenings and teen accomplishments with partners, mentors and prospective mentors.
Participate in member event planning, to include teen attendance, teen participation, networking, and public speaking opportunities.
Administrative Duties including, but not limited to:
Submitting weekly attendance and program notes via Salesforce
Attending weekly local team meetings and engaging in on-going professional development initiatives
Sending e-mails, making phone calls, and communicating via social media to remind girls of workshops + events
This position reports to the Teen Programs Manager, Chicago
Overall Experience + Qualifications
Youth Development Experience
You have a minimum of one year of experience facilitating structured, curriculum-guided activities for teens with a variety of backgrounds and varying levels of emotional profiles and dispositions, living or attending school in under-resourced communities.
You have knowledge of adolescent developmental phases, have practiced positive and constructive approaches to youth development, and are familiar with best practices in social and emotional learning (SEL) programs.
You value and have experience creating safe and brave spaces that promotes inclusion, belonging, and empathy.
You have experience in developing and adapting objective-driven and curriculum-aligned lesson plans that creatively engage teens and are culturally relevant.
You have experience working recruiting teens in a school space, after school space, youth development program, or similar environment.
You are comfortable utilizing weekly review of key performance indicators and quarterly data to adjust program elements to improve outcomes.
General Professional Experience
You are excellent at time management with strong prioritization and organization skills.
You are a goal-driven, outcome-based and solution-oriented team player who can provide and receive constructive feedback, and who both promotes and practices a growth mindset.
You have a working knowledge of Salesforce and are proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
You are capable of independently traveling within the city. Access to a vehicle is preferred but not required.
Moderate lifting and transporting of materials for programming and events
In addition to your weekly schedule, you are available to work occasional Saturday and evening hours
How to Apply: To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Tiera Diaz, Teen Programs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email one PDF file of your application using the subject line “TPF Application Submission”. Successful cover letters will address the following applicant questions:
What does being a culturally relevant facilitator mean to you?
What approaches and best practices would you use to create a safe + brave space for teens?
How would you describe your facilitation style? Use examples of previous creative workshops you’ve executed.
No phone calls please. Step Up will contact all candidates whom we wish to interview.
Additional Salary Information: Step Up is not just an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to building local and national teams that represent the communities we serve and to consistently improving our ability to create inclusive and equitable spaces for our teens, our members and our staff.