YDPN Power! October 2007
 

Investing in Youth Workers Registration Form

Registration Form 

 

Job Postings

Youth Together Executive Director

Huckleberry Youth Services Director of Health Services  

Telegraph Hill Recreation Coordinator

Telegraph Hill Program Aide-Tutor 

From the Desk of Project Manager, Jason Wyman

Violence is on the rise across the Bay Area.  In Oakland, there have been more than 100 homicides so far this year.  San Francisco has seen more than 75 homicides.  And conflicting reports put the number of homicides in Richmond between 18 and 20.  These rates don't even cover other violent crimes including assaults, non-fatal shootings, robberies, etc. 

If we as youth workers (those that work with or on behalf of youth) want to address this issue head on, we need to be connected.  All of us have specific jobs with specific obligations, hours of operation, geographic focuses, and so on.  The youth and families we serve often are hindered by our disjointed and disorganized means of operation.

Take for example an after school program in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco from Spring 2007.  The after school program started at 3:30pm and operated until 6pm Monday through Thursday and held special events every Friday.  The school had only about 240 students.  The after school program served 40 students on average.  That left about 200 students without programming.  Where were all the youth?

The school I am talking about is Excelsior Middle School (EMS).  I was Director of School-Community Relations at Excelsior last spring.  I knew from the outset that our after school program would not and could not serve all youth.  So I started bridging connections to other service providers throughout San Francisco.  And I started finding some of EMS's youth.  They were attending programs at the Marsh, the Greater Mission Consortium, the OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center, Huckleberry House, Excelsior Boys and Girls Club, and more. 

I was excited to see youth from EMS engaged in so many different programs.  I didn't view these other agencies and programs as competitors.  Rather, they were able to meet the needs of EMS youth better than our program, and for that I was/am grateful. 

When it comes to violence and emergencies, knowing exactly who to contact saves vital minutes – minutes our youth and families may not have.  I remember receiving a phone call one evening from a guardian of a youth who ran away from home.  I had not dealt with a runaway teen in over a year and a half, so I was somewhat at a loss for exactly how to help. 

Enter Will Corpuz.  I had worked with Will when I was at the OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center, and I remembered that he was now a part of the Community Response Network.  Luckily, I had Will's cell phone number on me.  I told the guardian to be patient for a moment while I placed a phone call.  I talked to Will, got some great suggestions for the guardians, and called them immediately back.  We found the teen that night, and most importantly she was safe.

We as youth workers must seek out opportunities to connect on many different levels.  We need to know each other as people, as professionals, and as change agents.  We have the capacity to connect our youth, families, and communities and promote human rights.   It is our duty to "be the change we wish to see".

The Youth Development Peer Network is setting off on a year of intentional connections.  Our Steering Committee members seek to become hubs, youth workers highly connected to the diverse aspects of our large Bay Area community that can intentionally connect you to other workers.  Our goals in doing this are:

  • To increase the intention of why we are doing youth work;
  • To build an interdependent system of prepared, committed, stable, and valued workers;
  • To maximize the impact of our work with youth, families, and communities. 

To accomplish this aim, we need you…the youth workers! 

We launched our first Brown Bag on Friday, October 12th from 12noon to 2:00pm.  It was a huge success!  We had fifteen youth workers in attendance.  Workers talked about barriers to getting teens reading and into libraries and hopes they had for getting more teens reading.  I shared a statistic that I learned from Streetside Stories: Arizona uses the illiteracy rate of 4th graders to determine how many prisons to build.  (Update: California has now adopted the same policy.)  This spurred all in attendance to make personal commitments to getting teens literate.  Some of the commitments include:

  • Getting staff engaged in conversations about reading and its importance;
  • Becoming a living example by reading;
  • Seeing to have collaboration with the libraries on financial literacy;
  • Bringing youth from an organization's youth advisory board to the Library Commission meetings to give feedback about how libraries can become more youth friendly.

We need to do everything in our power to ensure that our youth have the skills necessary to succeed in life.  Literacy and reading is one of those skills.  

Kudos to Jennifer Collins, Teen Services Manager for San Francisco Libraries for helping get this off the ground. 

We will also be sponsoring Strengthening the Youth Worker Voice Brown Bag on Tuesday, November 6 to prepare youth workers for CNYD's Investing in Youth Workers Convening on Friday, November 16.  We are a workforce of over 132,000 strong in the state of California.  That is amazing.  And it poses amazing opportunities and challenges for how we professionalize our field.  The YDPN is dedicated to promoting your voice as a worker at tables with decision-makers.  In order for us to accurately represent you, we need your help in crafting a worker-centered agenda.  Our Brown Bag in November will start this process.  We will follow it up at CNYD's Convening.  And then we will host another event in December to craft a more detailed agenda.  If you would like to support this effort, please email me, Jason Wyman, at ydpn.bay.area@gmail.com .

I am proud to be Project Manager for the YDPN, and I am excited about all the possibilities that exist for us as workers.  I am also very concerned about the alarming homicide rates throughout the Bay Area.  I know I am not an expert on solving the problem of violence.  I am someone who can point in the direction of others who can help.  I am a servant of youth workers.  I exist to connect. 

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Youth Worker Spotlight

The YDPN is proud to be sponsoring one of very own Steering Committee members this month, Tristen Fredrickson.  Tristen is the Girls and Teen Program Director for Girls Inc. of the Island City. 

 

How long have you been a youth worker?

I began my (eventual) career as a youth worker by babysitting (starting at age 9 or 10), as a camp counselor back when I was in high school, tutoring throughout college.  So it's been a while. 

 

Why and how did you become a youth worker?         

For me it was a two part deal: there was a certain natural draw to it (having worked with youth for a very long time) and it also took me listening to myself to hear what that natural draw was all about. 

 

When I was in college beginning to think about my career path, my draw was toward the sciences (another love of mine) since this would lead me to the "real" jobs.  After I graduated with a degree in Applied Math and Computer Science, I went searching for my career in the tech field.  After a few short years, I found this kind of work pretty unsatisfying to me.  I still craved that connection with youth, so I began volunteering at an all-girls school that had a heavy focus on math and science.  I fell in love with the school and the incredible girls that came out of it.  I decided that is what I wanted to be doing—encouraging girls (and women!) to nurture their passion for science and math.  I did some internet research, and found Girls Inc.  This seemed like where I wanted to be, so I quit my job as a systems administrator, moved to the Bay Area, and got a job with them after about 6 months.  It was the best move I've ever made. 

 

What is your passion for continuing the work?  

Seeing real changes in the lives of youth.  Watching them figure out the solution to a problem and seeing it work.  Helping kids build skills that will be useful for the rest of their lives.  Building a safe community for girls where they are loved and accepted for being exactly who they are.  

 

What other passions and interests do you have outside of your job?

I love the outdoors.  As a native Seattleite, it's virtually impossible for me to be indoors when the sun is out.  The Bay Area is a great place to play.  I love to travel and explore, although I don't get to do this as much as I'd like.  I read a lot, mainly fiction.  And I really love roller coasters. 

 

What do you want other youth workers to know about you?  

Keep on keepin' on.  We are all in this *together*.  You have resources!  Use them!   

Why have you gotten involved with the YDPN or how has the YDPN supported you as a youth worker?
When I first got involved with YDPN, I thought it was just a cool group of people aiming make the lives of youth workers better and calmer (and we are!!)  Now that I've been involved for a while, I've learned more about the YDPN, what it's here for, how we are really all here to support one another so we can all go out there and enrich the lives of the youth we serve.

  

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Organization Highlight
This month, we are happy to be spotlighting Juma Ventures.   

What is the mission of your organization?
Juma Ventures empowers youth to make successful transitions to independence in adulthood through an innovative program that integrates employment in social enterprises and essential support services.  Juma's program provides the foundation for youth to transcend challenging circumstances, fulfill their inherent potential, and positively impact their communities.

How long has your organization been in existence?
Juma opened its first social enterprise in late 1994 -- a special events catering venture called Ice Cream on Wheels.  In the early 1990's Juma's founder, Diane Flannery, was the Executive Director of a nonprofit program for homeless youth in San Francisco, Larkin Street Youth Center.  During her tenure there, Diane had seen too many youth get caught up in the same unfortunate cycle -- they'd come into the program, received services and counseling, and eventually be placed in entry level jobs.  And, all too frequently, they'd lose their jobs and return to the streets.  At that time, Diane was working on her dissertation on corporate social responsibility, and her novel idea was to start a business that could develop a workplace culture conducive to working with youth: patient, supportive, and respectful, but also one that set high expectations and fostered their growth and success.  The vision was to provide work experience that created stability in these young people's lives -- giving them a platform to build from -- and helped them build the skills and self-esteem needed to move forward, toward better jobs and brighter futures.

What services and programs do you provide to youth? 
A comprehensive youth development program that includes:

1. youth employment and on-the-job skills training
2. financial education and matched savings individual development accounts
3. academic development and college preparation
4. career exploration and transition services
5. mental health counseling and life skills
6. alumni network
7. arts and cultural programs

How do you support your youth workers?

  • ongoing professional development opportunities for all youth workers in the form of trainings, seminars, conferences and online courses as identified by the worker in conjunction with supervisor and monitored through workplan
  • weekly team meetings that enhance collaboration across areas of expertise
  • commitment to an annual review and associated compensation structure
  • participatory decision making at all levels of the organization
  • peer and youth-led feedback for youth work

Why is your organization involved with the Youth Development Peer Network?

  • to access peer support for youth serving staff in the larger youth development community
  •   to act as a resource and contributor to the field of youth development
  • to support advocacy efforts for youth development workers
Is there anything else you would like to share about your organization with the YDPN?
Juma's Values
  • We value integrity as the foundation of a high functioning team and seek to operate with consistent practices, honest communication, mutual trust, transparency and accountability.
  • We encourage youth input into decision making, meaningful roles with responsibilities, opportunities for leadership and a sense of belonging.
  • We appreciate diversity in all of its aspects and embody this value throughout our organization.
  • We regard evidence-based practices grounded in experience, expertise, and research as the foundation of effective program design.
  • We operate with a sound fiscal approach and seek to create sustainability throughout the organization. 
  • We believe in providing a safe, accessible and creative learning environment.
  • We appreciate the importance of working with youth in the context of their families, schools, neighborhoods and communities.
  • We believe that building healthy, supportive and constructive relationships with youth is an essential part of the youth development process and our program.
  • We regard ongoing evaluation and continuous improvement as values that enhance the quality of our work and our outcomes.
  • We believe in the youth's power to effect personal transformation and social change.

For more information, check them out at www.jumaventures.org  

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Training Opportunities

 

YDPN co-sponsored trainings

Strengthening the Youth Worker Voice * TUESDAY, November 6, 2007 * 11:00am to 1:00pm * Location to be announced Monday

For more information: Contact Jason Wyman at ydpn.bay.area@gmail.com or (415) 509-1882

YDPN with the support of Xiomara Galvan of CHALK are excited to prepare youth workers for CNYD's Investing in Youth Workers (please see below).  During this interactive session, come learn more about what youth workers across the Bay Area are saying they need to stay within the field, add your own comments, and help build a united youth worker voice!

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CNYD's Investing in Youth Workers * FRIDAY, November 16th * 8:30am to 4:00pm

For more information: Contact Carrie Wickman-Dorn at carrie@cnyd.org.  Please see the attached registration form.

Calling all Youth Workers....that's you!  The YDPN is happy to support CNYD's Investing in Youth Workers.  The purpose of this event is to figure out ways to build a regional support system for youth workers.  In order for this to be successful, YOU need to be there.  YDPN has been supporting national efforts to legitimize and professionalize the youth development field through participating in the Next Generation Youth Work Coalition.  Kica Gazmuri, Marquez Gray, and Vicky Valentine attended their convening last November.  Now, we are happy and proud to support a regional effort.  This is an exciting and invigorating enterprise that is bringing together youth workers, employers, policy makers, funders, advocates, youth development leaders, and college and university staff in an effort to support YOU! 

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Trainings sponsored by the Excelsior Sports Club 

Play as a Medium for Academics & Rainy Day/Indoor Games: Wednesday, November 7, 2007* 6-9pm * Mission YMCA (4080 Mission Street) * Provided by Sports4Kids

Registration deadline: Friday 11/2 at 6PM – Donna Ng at excelsior.sports.club@gmail.com

In using play and movement (outside and inside the classroom) as a means of learning, we acknowledge the multiple facets in which children, and adults, learn successfully. Through meaningful play, students become active participants, physically, socially, and emotionally, in the process of sharing and receiving knowledge and ideas. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore how to use play as a medium for introducing and learning academic concepts and to keep kids engaged on those rainy days with great activities to do inside the classroom.

  • How to use play and movement to introduce and teach academic concepts both explicitly and implicitly.
  • How play and movement can provide opportunities for youth to develop critical thinking, collaboration, active listening, and problem solving skills
  • Different modes in which youth can learn: verbal, modeling, participatory, visual, and experiential
  • Indoor games respond to the challenge of keeping games going in the tight space of a classroom. From traditional guessing games to more advanced group building, these movement-based games are great outlets for students who have been stuck inside all day. 
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Practical Strategies for Working with Kids with Disabilities: Friday, December 14th * 9am-12pm * 2601 Mission Street, Suite 604 * Provided by SNIP – Special Needs Inclusion Project

Registration deadline: Monday 12/10 at 6PM– Donna Ng at excelsior.sports.club@gmail.com

We want our programs to be inclusive of all youth and that means being prepared for altering or adjusting activities to fit the needs of students that may have disabilities. This training will focus on how to develop practical tools to respond to the accommodations needs of children with disabilities by:

  • Learning how to identify the needs and interests of the individual child
  • Understanding the elements of your programs' activities using task analysis
  • Learning how to select or adapt activities that meet the needs of all children.

Participants will learn how to respond effectively to needs for accommodation, develop skills to identify the needs and interests of all children, identify and utilize community resources, learn how to develop, select, adapt activities and obtain information & resources.

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Other Trainings

The Gathering for Justice National Convention * Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18, 2007 * Oakland Convention Center

Registration Deadline: October 17 – kazu@peacefund.org,

This is a special invitation for you and the young people you work with, to attend an important gathering of community stakeholders and activists from around the nation. Mr. Harry Belafonte's national "Gathering for Social Justice" have established a collaborative partnership with local and national organizations to develop a five year plan around rebuilding our nation and address the most critical issues affecting our youth. 

On November 17 and 18, 2007 The Gathering for Justice National Convention will take place with 3,000 youth and elders gathering in Oakland, California to begin a national dialogue on the impact of child incarceration and its relation to the larger movement for social justice.

"The Gathering for Justice," is a social justice organization founded by Mr. Belafonte two years ago in response to the crisis of incarceration facing youth today.  To date, Mr. Belafonte and The Gathering for Justice executive committee have convened over 1,000 youth and elders to participate in interracial and intergenerational regional convening's to discuss the current issues affecting young people in their geographic area and current efforts being led by outstanding groups in cities all over the US.  

The first annual national Gathering will provide opportunities unlike those at other national conferences.  We will provide a space for dialogue, share stories and strategies, provide skills-building opportunities, and build sacred relationships.  We will leave with an assignment, a commitment to each other and to a process, and a common covenant. 

Participants of this historical event will reflect the diversity of the communities mobilizing around the country. This work is also being supported by US House of Representative Barbara Lee and Mayor of Oakland, Ron Dellums. All we are missing is YOUR voice.  

The Gathering will be held at the Oakland Convention Center and lunch will be provided. We would be honored if you would be part of this important and historical event.    

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East Bay Elementary School Forum: Creating Inclusive Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families * Thursday, October 18, 2007 * 5:30pm to 8:30pm * Chabot Elementary, 6686 Chabot Road, Oakland

To register: Contact Julia at Julia@ourfamily.org or (415) 981-1960

Our Family Coalition and the East Bay Community Foundation are pleased to invite you to this elementary school forum designed to give parents, school administrators, and teachers, an introduction to some of the innovative and groundbreaking strategies for creating inclusive and welcoming environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children.

This forum offers a unique opportunity for schools and parents to engage in a safe dialogue and create partnerships around this increasingly important work. This forum will bring together parents, teachers, and administrators to talk about making East Bay schools safer and more welcoming for all of our children. Invited districts include: Oakland, Berkeley, Albany , Emeryville, San Leandro, Independent schools, Piedmont, and Alameda.

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Financial Literacy Forum * Monday, October 29 * 9:00am to 1:00pm * Federal Reserve in San Francisco

Call Dan Apfel at 1-800-437-8711 for more information.

The Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is holding a half-day Financial Literacy Forum  on Oct. 29 at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco from 9am to 1pm. Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided by the Federal Reserve. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about financial training for youth, immigrants and the elderly. Call Dan Apfel at 1-800-437-8711 for more information.

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San Francisco Elementary School Forum and Fair: Creating Inclusive Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Families * Saturday, November 3, 2007 * 11:30am to 3:30pm * Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, 4235 19th Street, San Francisco

To register:  Contact Julia at Julia@ourfamily.org or (415) 981-1960

The San Francisco Elementary School Forum and Fair will offer parents, teachers, and principals an opportunity to engage in dialogue about creating, maintaining, and strengthening a safe and inclusive environment for all of our children.

Over 40 public and private schools from the area will be tabling. This is not only a perfect event for parents seeking an elementary school for their children, but also a great event for parents with children already in elementary school to talk to schools about their LGBT policies and curriculum. Please join us in this unique and exciting opportunity to make your voice heard in our schools.

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Growing Healthy Children * November 6, 2007 * 9:00am to 3:00pm * Waterfront Plaza Hotel, Oakland

To Register and for more info: Katie Lewis at (916) 567-9911 or klewis@ccscenter.org

Childhood obesity is the #1 health challenge facing children and young people today. The students in your afterschool program are part of the first generation in our history that is not expected to live as long as their parents—one in every three children born in the year 2000 is likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes as an adult unless something is done. Helping students develop healthy habits and make smart choices is critical, and your program can make a greater difference than you might imagine!

Based on the Center for Collaborative Solutions' (CCS) recently published Exemplary Practices in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Food Security, these interactive sessions will include practical guidance and resources to strengthen afterschool programs.

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Amherst Writers and Artists Introductory Workshop * November 10, 2007 OR January 12, 2008 * 9:30am to 12:30pm

For more information: Contact Peggy Simmons at peg.simmons@yahoo.com

AWA workshops follow some simple guidelines to create a safe space where each writer feels confident and free to create, experiment, take risks, make things up, or tell the truth. The AWA method develops the unique voice of every writer, including those who have the least confidence in their command of the written word.

Poverty, discrimination and abuse all work to isolate and silence people. AWA writing groups can broaden the horizons of the voiceless, the disempowered and the under-served across race, age, and class. Amherst Writers & Artists is dedicated to social justice, to the celebration of the creative spirit in each person, and to a world in which all voices are heard and everyone's story is valued.  (from the AWA website: http://www.amherstwriters.com/AWAI.html

Peggy Simmons has nine years experience creating and facilitating workshops for children, youth and adults from very diverse backgrounds. She is now developing AWA writing workshops with a special focus on young adults (ages 16-22 roughly) who might otherwise never have the means, knowledge, or confidence to come to a writing workshop.  

To participate, please be 18 or over, not allergic to cats, and working with youth. Please come as you are, without worrying about your level of interest in or experience with creative writing!

Visit: http://www.peggysimmons.net for more information. 

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The Power of Play by Sports4Kids * November 30, 2007 AND December 4, 2007 * 9:00am to 12:30pm * Sobrato Center for Non-Profits, 600 Valley Way, Milpitas

For more information: Contact Dana LoVecchio at dana@sports4kids.org or (510) 893-4180 x321

This workshop offers participants a template for introducing and implementing a physical activity program that is well- rounded, fun, and accessible to every child. A variety of games from our Movement Modalities curriculum will be taught through experiential learning (hint: put on your sneakers and get ready to play), as well as a review of facilitation tips and strategies to work through potential challenges. This training in broken down into two sessions.

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Other Resources

Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth

According to the last Census, one in five children in this country today is an immigrant or the child of an immigrant, and the number is rising.   Preparing Staff to Work with Immigrant Youth provides the context of the immigrant youth experience and practical tips for hiring, developing and retaining staff to work with this population.  Youth organizations have both an opportunity and a responsibility to encourage and support the healthy development for the growing numbers of immigrant youth.  Click here to read and download this new publication from National Collaboration for Youth:  http://www.nydic.org/nydic/staffing/workforce/PreparingStafftoWorkwithImmigrantYouth.htm   Hopefully this will help you to better serve ALL youth!

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Job Opportunities

Youth Together – www.youthtogether.org

Established in 1996, Youth Together's programming supports over 3,000 students in Richmond, Berkeley and Oakland high schools through 1) Multiracial student organizing clubs; 2) School-based Youth Centers and Collaboratives; 3) Community-based Youth Centers; and 4) leadership of Organize Da BAY- a regional youth organizing network.   Having recently launched a 5-year strategic plan, Youth Together is in a strong, healthy and vibrant position to continue to make exponential changes within our school communities and in the lives of individual student organizers.

Executive Director

Youth Together is currently conducting a search for an Executive Director. The Executive Director should be an experienced, passionate, committed community leader that is able to uphold Youth Together's mission, vision and values both internally and externally. The Executive Director will be responsible for sustaining and managing a $1.4 million budget, stewarding the organization in its implementation of the strategic goals, and spearheading initiatives that will strengthen and enhance Youth Together's current programming.

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Huckleberry Youth Programs – www.huckleberryyouth.org

Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) has served more than 100,000 youth since its incorporation in 1967.  HYP continues its leadership in providing a safety net for at-risk youth and their families in San Francisco and Marin County.  Over the course of the last 40 years, HYP has developed and maintained prevention programs that divert youth from violence, crime and gang involvement, as well as other harmful behaviors, including running away, drug/alcohol abuse, risky sexual activities, and involvement in the juvenile justice system.  HYP has six separate program sites.  In San Francisco, these are Huckleberry House, the Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC), Huckleberry's Counseling Program, and Huckleberry's Cole St. Clinic.  In Marin, our programs are the Nine Grove Lane shelter in San Anselmo, and the Huckleberry Teen Health Program (HTHP) in San Rafael.

Director of Health Services

Under the supervision of the Director of Programs and working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Health Service in San Francisco is responsible for the overall supervision and management of Huckleberry's services at the Cole Street Clinic. The primary responsibilities of a Director are to ensure the provision of high caliber programming for youth, to represent the agency as a whole in key external meetings, build strategic community and funder relationships and develop resources to support and grow the program.

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Telegraph Hill Neighborhood House - www.tel-hi.org

Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center (Tel-Hi) is a nonprofit organization which provides services and advocacy for residents of northeast San Francisco. Tel-Hi provides opportunities for individuals and families to enrich their quality of life. Focusing on low- to moderate income children, youth, families, and seniors, we create and strengthen community bonds, provide health and wellness programs, and broaden education and cultural experiences. The goal of the Elementary After-School Program is to foster the academic, physical and emotional well being of youth.  The program provides developmentally appropriate curriculum, which emphasizes academic success and personal enrichment through academic assistance, social development, recreation and other club activities.

Recreation Coordinator and Tutor

Recreation Coordinator/Tutor works under the supervision of the Director of Elementary School Programs and in collaboration with the After School Program staff and the Athletic Director to provide recreational and enrichment programming as well as academic support to the K-2 After-School Program.  In addition, the Recreation Coordinator/Tutor may work with the Athletic Director to coach 4-5th grade boys and girls participating in the CYO’s Basketball League as needed. 

Program Aide/Tut\or

The Program Aide/Tutor assists the staff in providing homework assistance and program support.  In addition, the Program Aide/Tutor shares responsibility with the program staff for the overall supervision of the program and its participants and for fostering and maintaining positive relationships with parents and community partners.
 

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New Clips Relevant to October YDPN Power!

Violence and Gangs

Forum seeks ways to stop gangs: Youth activities, programs urged

http://www.contracostatimes.com/crimeandcourts/ci_6977499  

Mission youth hang with HOMEY (Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth) to quell gang violence

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/20/BAQRS9DSP.DTL

The War on Gangs

http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-08-22/news/the-war-on-gangs/full  

Editor's Notes from San Francisco Bay Guardian

http://www.sfbg.com/printable_entry.php?entry_id=4589

Gang Injunction Map of San Francisco

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&om=1&msa=0&msid=113681091473647249530.000001135006b32c9849b&t=h&z=14  

Richmond Leaders Consider How to Combat Crime Wave

http://cbs5.com/local/local_story_257185235.html

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Literacy

When State Proficiency Standards Are Lowered, There Will Be NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND: California's Test Scores Hit a Plateau – Not Good News

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/14/INDOSMBFB.DTL

Fourth-Graders Begin to Motivate Themselves at School

http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071015/A_NEWS/710150322