GiGi Professional Assistant - Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: GiGi's Playhouse NYC, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

GiGi Professional Assistant - Volunteer

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 NYC offers a supportive and nurturing environment that enables individuals, parents, expecting parents, and families to connect. Our vision is to see a world where individuals with Down syndrome have a voice, and are accepted and embraced in their families, schools, and communities, to help improve the world and make it a better place to live, work and prosper.

Job Summary:

GiGi’s NYC is looking for dedicated volunteers to help instruct, assist and support participants in our GiGi Professional Program. GiGi Professional is a career development program for adults with Down syndrome, ages 18+. The goal of this program is to teach the foundational skills necessary for each individual to continue on their unique career development path. Whether it’s a retail environment, a design studio, a production space, or an office, GiGi’s Professional uses practical applications within the completion of various certifications. Students will purposefully progress through certifications, learning and demonstrating strengths and interests in transferable job skills, building their resume for placement in a job or volunteer position in the community.

This program teaches reception and administrative support skills to provide opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome to advance in professional office roles, as forward-facing staff. Students will learn and perform administrative and technology tasks, greet customers including families, donors and guests, work on team-building skills, and follow office protocol. This program will help individuals with Down syndrome become leaders and mentors in their work and role-models in the community, which will help bridge the gaps in meaningful employment.

This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for an individual pursuing a career in special education, nutrition, math education, life skills coaching, health coaching, physical education, adapted physical education, and/or social work.


Onsite at GiGi’s Playhouse NYC, located at 106 W. 117th Street, New York, NY 10026. This role is 100% in person.


The GiGi Professional Program will be held every Tuesday from 11AM-3PM & every Thursday from 1-5PM.

Classes start on Tuesday, September 10 th, 2024 & end on Thursday, December 12 th, 2024, for a total of 25 sessions. Note: GiGi Professional will not take place on October 15 th, November 26 th or November 28 th. Volunteers must commit to at least one day (Tuesday from 11AM-3PM and/or Thursday from 1-5PM). This is a semester-based program, so volunteers must be able to commit for the entirety of the semester, as consistency is necessary.

General Requirements:

All staff and volunteers are expected to be committed to the mission and values of GiGi’s NYC, communicate authentic sensitivity to and an understanding of the Down syndrome community, have a positive attitude, and possess a willingness and ability to thrive within a unique work environment.

Responsibilities Include:

· Working collaboratively with the Special Educator of Adult Programs, as well as other program volunteers, to ensure the success of the GiGi Professional Program.

· Assist Special Educator of Adult Programs with all duties associated with GiGi Professional.

· Instruct, assist, and/or support individuals in various subjects and activities (including math, fitness, nutrition/healthy eating, communication, computer skills, and team building).

· Showcase the skills and abilities of our adult participants, while supporting everyone’s efforts to succeed.

· Must be open to teach lessons and take initiative during class time.

· Model behaviors for students such as consistently arriving on time, bringing a healthy snack/lunch, dressing appropriately for class and for community outings to partner organizations, etc.

· Trav el offsite to partner organizations.

· Always promote and maintain safety of our participants.


· Must be 18+ years of age.

· Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with GiGi’s NYC staff, other volunteers, and Board.

· Contribute to building a positive team spirit.

· Strong organizational and time management skills.

· Ability to complete necessary training, required paperwork, att end virtual orientation, and pass background check.

· Must be able to commit to full duration of the semester (September-December) for at least one full day (Tuesday from 11AM-3PM and/or Thursday from 1-5PM).

· Position is 100% in person.


All interested individuals should send their resume to Megan Moore, Special Educator of Adult Programs, at .

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About GiGi's Playhouse NYC, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers


106 West 117th St., New York City, NY 10026, US

Mission Statement

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.


Advocacy & Human Rights
People with Disabilities
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, People with Disabilities


Tue Sep 10, 2024 - Mon Dec 09, 2024


GiGi's Playhouse NYC106 W. 117th St.New York City, NY 10026



  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Program Management
  • Group Facilitation
  • Professional Development
  • Adult Education




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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