Literacy Coordinator Volunteer
Title: Literacy Coordinator Volunteer
Hours: Approximately 5 hours per week
About GiGi’s Playhouse NYC:
GiGi’s Playhouse NYC is the only organization in New York City solely dedicated to the development of individuals with Down syndrome of all ages, from birth through adulthood and at every phase of life. We provide therapeutic, educational, social, and creative arts programs and events year-round, at no cost to participants or their families. We empower our diverse participants to be included in the greater community, to be their whole selves as they truly belong, and to make the world a better place. GiGi’s Playhouse NYC offers a supportive and nurturing environment that enables individuals, parents, expecting parents, and families to connect. With our migration to a more virtual world, GiGi’s Playhouse NYC is at the forefront of innovating and delivering online programs for our growing community, all while being completely funded by our generous donors.
Our vision is to see a world that is socially just; where individuals with Down syndrome have a voice, and are accepted and embraced in their families, schools and communities. In doing so, we advance a global vision of acceptance for all.
About GiGi’s NYC One-to-One Literacy Tutoring Program:
The GiGi's NYC One-to-One Literacy Tutoring Program uses a methodology with documented success based on research by professionals in the field. The ability to read opens doors for individuals with Down syndrome in the workplace, schools and the community. Developing reading skills also leads to improvements in speech and language development, auditory perceptual skills and working memory function. Our goal is to foster a love for reading and provide an opportunity to develop and master skills, all while building a positive relationship with our volunteer tutors. Trained tutors work at the level of the child, continually challenging and encouraging him/her to reach their fullest potential. Students can start in our program as early as age 3 or any year after that. It's never too late to start! Weekly lessons last 45-60 minutes for 10-15 weeks at a time. Family members attend each tutoring session and leave with practical activities to continue the learning at home.
Volunteer Role Summary:
GiGi’s NYC is currently seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual to join our team ASAP! This position will be primarily virtual, with some in-person meetings. Our semesters will run according to the following schedule:
- Fall Session: September - December (15 weeks)
- Spring Session: February - May (15 weeks)
- Summer Session: June - August (10 weeks)
Major Duties Include:
- Attend trainings with our national office as well as GiGi’s NYC staff and volunteers
- Recruit and train tutor volunteers
- Match students and tutors based on mutual availability and student needs
- Ongoing oversight of tutors and students, attend tutor & student tutoring sessions, and facilitate meetings
- Set up Microsoft Teams at the start of each semester with necessary tutor and student info and trainings; ensure all tutors are regularly tracking student progress throughout the semester
- Oversee the overall direction of the program in conjunction with the Programs Coordinator and Operations Manager
- Must be 18+
- Previous tutoring experience
- Previous experience in a leadership or teaching role
- Strong background in Literacy
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially SharePoint and Microsoft Teams, or willingness to learn
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with key stakeholders
- Disposition to interact directly with individuals with Down syndrome and their families
- Able to regularly correspond via email with staff, volunteers and families via GiGi’s email account
- Willing to undergo an annual background check
All staff and volunteers are expected to be committed to the mission and values of GiGi’s Playhouse NYC, communicate authentic sensitivity to and an understanding of the Down syndrome community, have a sense of humor, and possess a willingness and ability to thrive within a unique work environment.
All interested individuals should contact Rosella Lofaro, Operations Manager, at email@example.com.
About GiGi's Playhouse NYC, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers
106 West 117th St., New York City, NY 10026, US
our mission is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. our vision is to see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools, and communities. We are the only community center in NYC designed to meet the social, educational and therepeutic needs of individuals with Down syndrome and those that love them. We offer social gatherings, lectures and educational talks, support groups, and numerous different classes ranging from literacy to ballet. We are also invested in changing outdated perceptions of individuals with Down syndrome through photographic galleries, calendars, news and media outlets - we depend volunteers to make all our programs fun and free!
What started as a local Playhouse in a suburb of Chicago has turned into an international phenomenon, spreading awareness and inspiration to everyone it touches. GiGi's Playhouses are Down syndrome awareness and educational centers that provide resources, specialized teaching, and support to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community!
GiGi's Playhouse centers evolved into educational centers with a focus on National awareness for Down syndrome. All of our programs are free to our families and are therapeutic in nature. Each of them are designed to work on specific skill development in several areas including speech and language, social development, and fine and gross motor skills. Our literacy program alone teaches thousands of kids with Down syndrome to read around the nation! The "i have a voice" campaign, a national awareness campaign, seeks to change outdated perceptions and replace those images with beautiful, thought provoking, intelligent images.
This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.
July 28, 2021
- Program Management
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training