Youth Community Organizer
Overview: The mission of the Chelsea Collaborative is to empower Chelsea residents to enhance the social and economic health of the community and its people; and to hold institutional decision makers accountable to the community. We implement a collection of community initiatives – developed and led by residents – to address persistent issues of inequity, which negatively impact the well-being of Chelsea residents, particularly those most vulnerable among us such as children, youth, immigrants, and refugees. Our initiatives meet the basic needs of Chelsea residents, foster leadership and citizenship among newcomers, develop the next generation of leaders, respond effectively to crises, and create systemic change that increases equity and justice for years to come.
The Chelsea Collaborative has a 30+ year history of building relationships with historically marginalized groups, engaging them civically through outreach and community education, and mobilizing them to have their voices heard and effect systemic change. We are a trusted pillar of Chelsea’s immigrant and Latinx communities and we have systems and structures in place to support our community to identify and address the social and economic justice issues impacting their lives. The importance of civic engagement and participation in decision-making processes is a cornerstone of our mission and day-to-day work in Chelsea. It is highlighted in everything we do throughout the year.
Position Summary: The Chelsea Collaborative is seeking a full time Youth Community Organizer. Candidates must have experience working directly with youth and community resources serving youth. The ideal candidate will be able to work with the City of Chelsea, organizations serving Chelsea youth, and most importantly Chelsea youth to organized youth and families on education, housing and immigration issues.
The Youth Community Organizer will be based at the Collaborative and will receive supervision and support from the Chelsea Collaborative Manager of Youth and Families Department. The Youth Community Organizer will oversee the Youth Organizing Teams, Work in partnership with youth and staff to develop an organizing plan to address housing, education and immigration issues affecting youth in Chelsea. The Collaborative youth programs seek to provide youth not only with a source of income, for those who are afforded employment with the organization, but a sense of responsibility and self-esteem. The Collaborative connects youth to mentors, community resources, and encourages civic participation. The primary goal of all Collaborative youth programs is to engage young people in community change while decreasing engagement in risky behaviors.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Implement Youth Organizing Model
- Hire and train 10 youth leaders
- Support Youth organizers in developing a plan to address issues affecting youth around Education, Housing and Immigration in the City of Chelsea
- Support and organized a education coalition that includes ( teachers, parents and youth) Connect Chelsea youth to existing and emerging youth organizations, activities and resources
- Host and Organize monthly teen pop up nights. A Night for youth to express themselves thru art and music
- Participate in HUB meetings to assist in providing urgent support for youth and their families
- Engage with families and guardians of youth as needed to connect them to the work of the Collaborative and community resources, dependent on youth needs
- High School diploma required, Bachelors degree or higher recommended
- Minimum of two-three years of demonstrated experience in the youth services field
- Must have experience working directly with youth, preferably ages 14-21
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
- Strong verbal and written skills in English and Spanish
- Research and data analysis experience required
- Knowledge of Chelsea and previous experience working with Chelsea youth, a plus
- Knowledgeable about academic, employment, mental health and other community resources for youth
- Good computer skills - Microsoft Office, e-mail, database software, desktop publishing a plus
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Good administrative skills including meeting planning and facilitation skills
- Ability to work with a diverse range of people and motivate them to become involved in community work
- Enthusiastic, flexible, self-motivated, dependable, responsible and creative
- Commitment to social justice and youth empowerment a must
- Ability to work evenings and weekends
- Ability to work comfortably in a multi-cultural setting
- Experience with Summer Youth Employment Initiative, or similar youth employment and enrichment program, a plus
Please send Resume and cover letter to: Dinanyili Paulino at firstname.lastname@example.org