Compass Center seeks an intern to work with Compass Center’s Interpersonal Violence Prevention Programs. This is an unpaid position, 10-15 hours/week, to begin in August 2016. This intern’s main focus will be youth populations. Compass Center’s main IPV prevention program for youth is Start Strong. Start Strong is Compass Center for Women and Families; primary prevention programming for 6th and 8th grade students in Chapel Hill- Carrboro City schools and St Thomas More. Over the course of two 50-minute classroom sessions, Start Strong facilitators lead interactive, activity-based presentations on conflict, bullying, healthy/unhealthy romantic relationships, red flags for abuse, resources for help, and bystander intervention. Facilitators are trained to utilize role plays, videos, fictional scenarios, and examples from the media to engage students. All volunteer facilitators co-facilitate with a Compass Center staff member or experienced intern. The intern may be asked to serve other youth populations with similar content, and/or work on youth prevention projects. See below for more information.
Start Strong is offered to every 6 th and 8 th grade health classroom in Chapel Hill/Carrboro city schools and St Thomas Moore. This program is a partnership with Orange County Rape Crisis Center, whose facilitators lead 7 th and 9 th grade classes about sexual harassment and sexual assault. The IPV Youth Prevention Interns will report directly to the Director of Education Programs.
To attend the 21-hour mandatory training (September 2016) and complete the self-guided youth facilitation module.
To shadow a Start Strong presentation in a health class.
To sign up for a mandatory mock presentation with Director of Education Programs (DEP) or the Start Strong Intern (SSI)
that will take place within two weeks of the last day of training.
To successfully complete a mock presentation within 2 attempts.
To commit to 10-15 hours/week, and to commit to intern at least 2 semesters.
To sign up for sessions within 1 week of receiving open facilitation dates/times.
To contact The DEP with as much notice as possible if you cannot be present for your assigned class. At least 2 weeks’ notice for non-emergency situations.
To contact The DEP through all three of the following in an emergency situation in which you cannot facilitate a class with less than 2 weeks’ notice: email or phone
To read all Start Strong emails from the DEP/SSI and respond within 1 week.
To assist with material preparation for programs.
To arrive at the school for a facilitation at least 20 minutes early. 30 minutes if it is your first time at that school.
Will provide a laptop and USB drive for each presentation (if not, please inform the DEP, she will get you these).
To be detail oriented in preparing for your classes, and consistently prepared to facilitate with all needed materials (checklist posted on the wall above the book case).
To be courteous, respectful, and friendly toward the health teachers.
To be extremely diligent, dependable, consistent, and on-time when facilitating your classes.
To follow all mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse/neglect. To always contact the DEP if you believe you
need to make a report.
To refer students to the hotline and not give out personal information if they have questions.
To dress appropriately to the schools. Business casual and if in doubt veer toward conservative.
To arrange for transportation to/from the school (car, bus, bike, etc.)
To return Pre/Posttests to the designated receptacle within 1 week of the event.
Additional Prevention Program Work
Additional presentations to other youth audiences
Social Norms Campaign
Start Strong data analysis
Volunteer/ Intern training development
Desire to support youth in the community.
Responsibility, good judgment, team spirit.
Comfort and experience being in front of a classroom and facilitating presentations/activities.
Comfort in interacting with all people regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Passion for preventing violence.
Highly organized, thorough, detail oriented, and able to multi-task.
Ability to perform job duties with a high degree of initiative and professionalism; demonstrated sound judgment, and
quality written and oral communication skills.
Knowledge and experience working with youth, collaborating with school systems, and teaching in middle/high school classrooms.
Experience and/or comfort discussing issues related to relationships and sexuality.
We actively encourage diverse candidates to apply. Compass Center provides equal opportunities to all applicants without regard
to race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, genetic information, or veteran status.
- Public Speaking
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
- Crisis Counseling
- Teaching / Instruction
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 10/15 hrs/week for 1 school year