GiGi's NYC Young Professional Board Member - Volunteer

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

Title: GiGi’s NYC Young Prof essional Board Member - Volunteer

GiGi’s Playhouse NYC
106 W 117th Street
New York, NY 10026

Hours: 2-5 hours per week; more during fundraising events. Candidate should be local to NYC.

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 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

Seeking a dedicated individual to join our Young Prof essionals Board (YPB). The individual in this role will collaborate with our Board of Directors, other Young Prof essionals Board members, staff, volunteers, participants, and families to help promote our programs, events, fundraisings campaigns, and other activities.

Major Responsibilities Include

· Acquire sufficient knowledge of Down syndrome and the organization to promote its mission and programs and serve as an ambassador for the organization.

· Consistently attend all monthly YPB meetings (no more than two absences per calendar year).

· Leverage personal and professional network to support GiGi’s NYC.

· Assist with annual Fashion Show. This may include sourcing a venue, food, clothing, raffle prizes, and drink donations via network; securing event sponsors and donors, selling tickets to event; etc.

· Assist with annual GFAC event. This may include sourcing a venue, food, raffle prizes, and drink donations via network; securing event sponsors and donors, selling tickets to event; etc.

· Assist with the Silent Auction at annual Gala - source 3 items for auction through private and corporate donations.

· Consider all board meetings and board information as confidential. Support publicly all decisions of the board.

· Complete required paperwork, background check, and required trainings.

· Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings and provide Committee Report.

Qualifications

* Ability to utilize Outlook email & calendar, Share Point, Microsoft Office, meeting platforms such as Zoom & Teams.

* Effective networking skills.

* Collaborative, problem-solving, open-minded.

* Strong organizational and time management skills.

* Ability to work collaboratively and professionally with key stakeholders.

* Ability to lead and motivate a team of like-minded young professionals.

* Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Benefits

* Work directly with our staff, board of directors, founders, and other high-profile members of our community.

* Gain experience working with a non-profit.

* Deepen your understanding of Down syndrome.

* Become engaged and/or deepen your knowledge of issues affecting the Down syndrome community in a rewarding environment.

General Requirements

All 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 positive attitude, and possess a willingness and ability to thrive within a unique environment.

Submission

All interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to nyc@gigisplayhouse.org with the subject line: President, Young Prof essionals Board.

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About GiGi's Playhouse NYC, Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

Location:

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!

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Board Development
Community
People with Disabilities
Board Development, Community, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

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

(40.8027,-73.94962)
 

SKILLS

  • Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Graphic Design / Print
  • Fundraising

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

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