Youth Team Coordinator

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Job: Youth Team Coordinator
Organization: Close to Home
City: Boston, MA
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Field: Grassroots Non-Profit
Position Type: Part-time Job
Minimum Experience: 0-1 year
Deadline: 06/15/2012

Close to Home is seeking a part-time Youth Team Coordinator that will hold the primary responsibilities of facilitating and coordinating the day-to-day activities of the Core Youth Team. They will work together with the Youth Community Organizer to ensure that the Core Youth Team’s daily activities, initiatives, events, etc. contribute toward Close to Home’s overall organizing strategy. They will be responsible for creating a day-to-day work structure that can include: reflection and learning about social justice, team building and work accountability.

Most importantly, the Youth Team Coordinator will serve as a mentor to and, build positive relationships with Youth Team Members, while supporting the growth of their team as a supportive community. Our aim is that all Core Youth Team members will be able to critically analyze their world, their work and lives through an anti-oppression lens.


Close to Home envisions a world in which communities work together to prevent and end violence by addressing its root causes through an anti-oppression lens. Close to Home believes that all forms of violence are critical community issues and that all community members—youth, residents, families, friends, neighbors, civic leaders, and organizational partners—are essential to designing and implementing the solutions to the problem. Our mission is to foster community-wide responsibility to identify the root causes of violence they experience and take action.

The Close to Home Core Youth Team is a group of high-school students dedicated to identifying the most relevant issues related to violence in their communities, and working to address them head on. In the past school year, the Youth Team began conducting a listening campaign, asking their peers about their experiences and their concerns, the results of which have been recorded and will be presented in the form of a documentary. Some members of the youth team also began hosting workshops and discussions in schools and other organizations relating to domestic and teen dating violence, its root causes, and helping groups take action within their communities on the subject.

The goal of the Close To Home Core Youth Team is to help build a network within the Boston youth community, interested in taking action together in addressing one or many root causes of violence.


Youth Team Facilitation

Facilitate meetings and coordinate/facilitate trainings for Close to Home core youth team.
Ensure that youth team work meets program goals and objectives.
Serve as primary manager of youth employees.

Facilitate youth participation, leadership and ownership in collective decision-making processes.

Help the youth team identify issues to address that are realistic; with attainable goals that promote wider youth involvement.
Work with Youth Community Organizer to identify, design and conduct requisite leadership and life skills training, catered to specific group needs.
Represent Close To Home and work with youth to advocate for themselves with media and government agencies.
Provide support and work in solidarity with the Youth Community Organizer.


· Assist in program evaluation using measurable outcomes.

o Filling out/keeping track of activity reports

o Tracking work progress of youth team

o Tracking personal growth of youth team (leadership development, social skills, job skills, etc.)

· Ensure that material needs are met for regular youth team work.

· Coordinate/keep track of logistics for youth team activities.

Close to Home Team Member Functions

Function well as part of a team of organizers that shares strengths and maintains consistent standards in the fields of community organizing, community development, and violence prevention.
Work well as a member of the Close To Home team towards the advancement of the organizational vision and mission.


· Ability to work effectively with young people from diverse backgrounds.

· Understanding of youth development principles.

· Understanding of the dynamics of oppression and violence within the society.

· Some familiarity or experience with community organizing.

· Strong desire to work for broad-based social change.

· Experience in training, curriculum design and delivery preferred.

· Strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

· Organization, written and verbal communication skills and proficiency in MS Office a must.

· Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Criollo, or Vietnamese speaking a plus

· Flexible schedule with ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.


Salary: Commensurate with experience

Hours: 20 hours per week.

To apply

When you apply, please answer at least three of the following questions. You may submit this in the form of a letter of interest, or feel free to be creative!

· Why are you interested in this position?

· What principles do you bring to your work with communities?

· What is your personal vision for Dorchester?

· What is your community organizing experience?

· What is you approach to working with young people?

Please send your answers to this questions, your resume and list of at least three references to:

Adam Steinberg

Youth Community Organizer


42 Charles Street, Suite A

Dorchester, MA 02122

Subject: Youth Team Coordinator

We will be accepting applications until June 15, 2012.


Adam Steinberg


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