During summer break, the IRC Youth Futures program offers a summer camp and internship program during the months of June and July. These programs address specific social and academic needs of newly arrived refugee youth and help them discover more about themselves and set their own goals for the future. The Youth Futures Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for assisting the Site Coordinator in developing and implementing experiential learning activities and basic literacy lesson plans for the 50 - 70 refugee teens who will participate in the program. Throughout the summer program, counselors serve as mentors and models of leadership by providing guidance and instruction for high school aged refugee youth.
This position requires a minimum of 3 hours a day, Monday through Thursday, during the months of June and July. The hours for this position are between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.The Camp Counselor must be able to successfully tailor the curriculum and materials to the specific needs of newly arrived high school aged refugee teens with limited English Proficiency. This position will report directly to the Summer Camp Site Coordinator.
- Participate in the planning and implementation of camp programming
- Ensure the safety of program participants at all times
- Assist in maintaining organization of the site by completing assigned tasks
- Follow instructions efficiently and effectively, requiring minimal guidance while completing assigned duties
- Maintain a thorough knowledge of all policies and procedures; make sure policies and procedures are followed at all times
- Take the initiative to assist site staff in daily activities
- Assist in the supervision of youth while on outings
- Assist youth in arts and crafts, games, sports, music, drama and outdoor activities
- Maintain positive environment for program participants
- Strive to be a positive role model for program participants
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Provide individual counseling and mentoring to campers as needed
- Provide on-site supervision of all interns and volunteers
- Conduct client intake and maintain accurate program records and client files including initial registration, and documentation of testing, attendance
- Conduct literacy classes on weekly scheduled themes and introduce and provide guidance to students about the scheduled themes and activities
- Track and monitor client outcomes on all key program indicators and support production of all program reports
- Coordinate the youth summer camp program by: coordinating with host sites & developing partnerships, coordinating recruitment and placement of campers; monitoring and supervising students and documenting outcomes of the program
- Handle administrative tasks, such as filing case notes, collecting appropriate documentation, creating a roster and delegating tasks to Youth Counselors
- Experience in an educational setting: completion of a certificate program in ESOL, TEFL, TESL, or TESOL highly desirable
- Teaching experience in the U.S. or overseas highly preferable
- Background in working with low-income students or refugee clients is a plus
- Initiative and ability to work independently
- Adaptability, flexibility, and creativity
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation with current insurance, and ability to travel to program site and meetings.
- Availability to attend occasional daytime meeting outside of scheduled work hours.
- Desire and ability to work outdoors or in a camp setting
- Strength and endurance required to maintain consistent supervision of campers of different backgrounds and cultures with limited English proficiency
- Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental or other hazards related to camp activities
- Strong desire to help people and enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting
- Good character and integrity
For more information or to apply, please contact Jessica Seales, Volunteer Coordinator, at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta
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