Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Jun 18, 2016

Duties: This position will provide overall management and support of the Growing Together Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) which works to simultaneously improve health, academic performance, and post-secondary readiness of high school students by helping them implement real-world nutrition, fitness and health improvement activities in West Philadelphia year-round.
YEP is a program of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) which is a major component of the University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) program of Penn's Netter Center for Community Partnerships. AUNI has a comprehensive approach to improving nutritional health and fitness that engages, educates and empowers youth, University students, and community members in democratic and mutually beneficial collaborations. This position will work as part of a Netter Center team to support overall integration and alignment among UACS programs as well as among AUNI programs.
Funded by the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health & Human Services, YEP activities include developing peer educators who work in areas of school-based school and community food education, gardening and cooking to reduce health disparities in West and Southwest Philadelphia through a lens of food justice.
Approximately 60 high school students work in teams (about 12 students per team) several days a week with AUNI staff after school and summer. This position helps support the curricula and projects of each of these teams. This position also provides at least weekly direct instruction to all the high school participants in post-secondary readiness activities including but not limited to academic mentoring and tutoring, college planning and applications, and securing internships and employment. This instruction is done in partnership with University students who serve as tutors and mentors and occasionally as co-teachers.
The position will work very closely with the Netter Center's College Access and Career Readiness program to implement comprehensive school year and summer programming, co-teach sessions, develop or identify content for the curriculum and manage associated financial incentives. The position includes complying with all grant requirements, maintaining a database that tracks student and creating monthly reports documenting student performance.
The position will support youth retention through direct outreach to participating youth and their families as well as by working with the youth to develop life skills workshops that promote leadership and engagement.
The position also works to recruit and train students from some of the Penn ABCS classes and several of Penn students engaged through academic internships, work-study and volunteers.
Contingent upon funding

Qualifications: A Bachelor's Degree and 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 3 to 5 years of experience and/or MPH/MSW/MSED are strongly preferred. Experience with high school after school programs required. Experience with college access and/or career readiness required. Experience with project-based learning preferred. K-12 and/or community college urban education experience preferred. Strong organizational skills with skills managing the financial aspects of programming required. Driver's license preferred.

Reference Number: 02-23139

Salary Grade: 026

Employment Type: Exempt

Org: Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

Job Family: A-General/Professional Administrative

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