Summer Camp Teacher-Freedom Schools
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is hiring a full-time Summer Camp Teacher for our Six week Freedom Schools Program. The Teacher provides effective instructional strategies for children grades 6-8th, in a positive, inclusive, and supportive camp climate. This program will run June 26th-July 14th, and July 17th-August 4th.
Freedom Schools were grassroots, multidisciplinary educational programs, started in the 1960s by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and designed to facilitate disenfranchised African Americans to be politically and socially engaged citizens. In the legacy of historical Freedom Schools, YMCA of Metro Chicago will be implementing summer learning programs for youth entering 6-8th grade, during two three-week summer sessions. Youth will engage with project-based learning, anchored by multi-modal social studies activities, embedded literacy assessments and support, and relevant weekly field trips. Additionally, youth will participate in complementary recreational activities, and there will be components of family and community engagement.
Scope of Responsibilities:
- You will serve as a role model in supporting inclusion and high quality camp programming; creating an outstanding participant experience for children, parents and families.
- You will modify learning or recreational activities as may be needed, including activities, rules, equipment, and/or supplies as needed. Promotes participation in program activities and independence to the fullest extent possible. Maintains the confidentiality of information pertaining to the individual(s) assigned for support.
- You will teach socially acceptable behaviors by serving as a role model and by using age-appropriate positive reinforcement and behavior management strategies. Implements individualized behavior management plans, when necessary.
- You will communicate consistently with team members and program leaders to keep abreast of activities and schedule, in order to prepare for activity modifications. Will offer suggestions for modifications, if applicable.
- You will communicate consistently with parents, classroom/program team and program leadership through completion of a weekly summary of the individual’s participation.
- You will Support program activities as assigned by the supervisor including substitute support for ongoing camp activities.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related field
- 1-3 years of experience in Middle School age 6-8th grade preferred but not required and knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design and teaching and instruction
- Effective organizational, planning, and group management skills with children
- Commitment to, and a passion for, the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s mission
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor communication to different audiences
- Ability to build rapport and respect the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the population served
- Continuous learner who leverages opportunities for learning and applies new knowledge and skills
- Intermediate proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, email and the ability to learn and adapt to new technology
- Demonstrates evidence of YMCA Leader competencies in previous experience or practice
- Willing and able to work flexible hours to accommodate program needs
- Meet required physical qualifications and annual requirements, as outlined in the job description
- The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities
- Must be able to work June 26th-July 14th and July 17th-August 4th
Child Abuse Prevention
Support the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training, as required