This position works full-time implementing the Adelante Caminantes program that serves youth who have arrived in the US as unaccompanied minors. The participants are children ages 10-18, predominantly from Central America and Mexico. Most of them speak Spanish; a few speak Mayan languages (Ki’che’, Mam, Q’anjob’al). Due to experiences had in their home countries, on their trip to the US and once they've been in the US, most of these children have witnessed or experienced violence, family separation and/or other sources of trauma. Most of the children are seeking asylum. The program is designed to help them process and cope, learn English, adapt to US culture, offer psycho-social and nutritional support, pursue their asylum cases (legal services mostly provided by other organizations) and enroll in school if this is possible. Many of them must work to contribute financially to the family with whom they live. Typically, classes are held in-person two evenings per week but with COVID, classes were migrated to an online format and, for the many students without computers or internet, WhatsApp groups were formed. The children need a relationship of continuity with a trusting, caring adult.
The Coordinator’s position includes responsibility for: program registration; developing rapport with the students and promoting friendship among them; getting to know their guardians/families and their living arrangements; conducting relevant assessments to track students’ progress by administering (or overseeing the administration) of pre and post CASAS and other pre and post tools to measure English acquisition, self-esteem, confidence and food security; maintaining files on each student that include academic and psycho-social progress reporting; assisting with quarterly grant reports; training and overseeing volunteers for the program; supervising a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member who serves as the assistant to the Coordinator; coordinating with attorneys who oversee the students’ asylum cases; refining and/or developing program lesson plans and as necessary, creating PowerPoint presentations that can be used to conduct classes online; overseeing food distribution to students before class (when in-person) and for them to take staples home to have during the week; providing trauma-informed counseling to students and counseling/social work referrals for students and their families.
- Organize program registration each semester
- Through in-person and virtual platforms, develop a warm and trusting rapport with each student
- Devote part of each session to ice-breaking/relationship-building activities to promote rapport between the Coordinator, teachers, and students and the among the students themselves
- Based on assessed need, provide trauma-informed counseling to each student (and family members as needed) – most serious needs first
· Maintain and keep updated program lesson plans for 3 levels of student English proficiency (English lesson plans to be developed by others)
- Develop/Refine PowerPoint presentations so that lesson plans can be delivered virtually if necessary (English lesson Powerpoints to be developed by others)
- Work with HCC’s Volunteer Coordinator to recruit volunteers to serve as teachers, mentors, and provide other program roles
- Plan and organize training for program volunteers
- Meet regularly with program teachers and volunteers to build esprit de corps, maintain strong standards of quality and adherence to program curriculum
- Coordinate with Youth and Families Department staff to obtain food to serve before in-person classes and food boxes containing healthy staples that each student can take home weekly
- Orient, supervise, and provide support to a Notre Dame AmeriCorps member assigned to the Caminantes program and whose term is from September through July.
- Maintain contact with the attorneys assigned to assist with students’ asylum/immigration cases and assist students with preparing their asylum statements
- Oversee the administration of pre and post CASAS or Basic English Assessments to measure students’ English acquisition progress.
- Administer other pre and post-assessment tools designed to measure self-esteem, confidence, and food security of students each semester
- Arrange to have height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature of each student collected every semester
- Oversee classes and occasionally substitute if a teacher is absent
- Provide the data and analysis required to produce quarterly grant reports
- Conduct home visits to meet the students’ guardians and discern possible additional referrals to HCC and non-HCC programs/services
- Participate in staff and other relevant HCC meetings
- Participate in staff development and training at Hope CommUnity Center.
- Other tasks as needed and assigned.
- Social work background, training, and experience required. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree (MSW) preferred
- Basic understanding of the asylum process is desirable
- Knowledge of (or the capacity to promptly become knowledgeable about) this area’s social service, immigration, education and health care non-profits so that appropriate referrals can be made
- Enjoy working with youth
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) required
- Strong communication skills and the ability to relate to people of different cultures and traditions
- A self-starter, an independent worker who knows how to prioritize and a good team player
- Strong interest in social justice
- A person committed to building community
- Ability to work with others and problem solve
- Organized and detail-oriented.
$40,000/year plus a possible allowance for supervision towards Social Work licensure
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to l[email protected]