Summer Search Philadelphia is seeking a Program Associate to manage a caseload of approximately 35 high school students, building long-term relationships and providing mentoring through a combination of group and 1:1 conversations from sophomore year through senior year of high school. Taking a student-centered and culturally relevant approach, Program Associates utilize Summer Search’s unique mentoring methodology, prepare students for two challenging summer experiences, and support post-secondary readiness and matriculation. Program Associates partner with students to provide individualized support of the many facets of students’ lives, which includes conversations about school, family, friends, race, class, gender, sexuality, summer programs, and more.
At least 2 years of professional experience working with student populations served by Summer Search (e.g. low-income families, students of color, LGBTQA, English Language Learners, and diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.) (more in full job posting on our careers page)
Experience facilitating groups of adolescents or similar groups with a track record of creating and maintaining positive and safe environment. Clear understanding of how to address student safety situations, both individually and within a group setting. Ability to manage emotional labor and boundary settings. Virtual group facilitation skills are a plus.
About Summer Search
While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work and life.
Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities.