Community Engagement Intern
New York City (United States of America)
BACKGROUND:Founded in 1933, theInternational Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.Since 1999, the IRC has developed partnerships with New York City public schools, community-based organizations, and local colleges and universities to support the positive development of refugee youth and their communities in New York City. The Education and Learning departmentprovides year round programming working directly with refugee youth, their parents and families, and their schools.
SCOPE OF WORK:The Newcomer Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students ages 5 –21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and social emotional learning classes. Field Trips are held on Fridays.The Community Engagement Intern will work closely with the Dean of Student Support to ensure the smooth daily operation of Newcomer Youth Summer Academy student support services.The intern will assist the Dean in managing enrollment and referrals into the program, collaborate with local agencies and organizations, and support the Student Support Team in the smooth implementation of student socioemotional supports and special events. This is an unpaid internship.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:1.Develop skills in building rapport with newly arrived immigrant families and building their understanding of the American education system2.Gain skills in the maintenance and organization of referral and enrollment processes3.Cultivate relationships with partner organizationsand schools 4.Develop skills in planning and implementing Community Events with a variety of stakeholders
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:•Complete online training modules, participate in live training, as well as all program meetings and staff development activities thereafter•Prior to the start of the Academy, conduct outreach to families confirming their attendance, as well as coordinating the distribution and translation of the Newcomer Youth Summer Academy Welcome Packet •Assist in enrolling new students into the Academy in compliance with IRC policies and procedures•Prepare new student information sheet for teachersfor newly enrolled students •Manage the waitlist for potential students and coordinate intakes as space becomes available during the first two weeks of the Academy•In partnership with the Dean of Student Support, coordinate with Community partners regarding referrals, enrollments and special events (ex: Educator Roundtable, Graduation) •Upload enrolled student informationinto ETO•Coordinate one Parent Workshop in conjunction with Advocates for Children of New York& CaregiverEngagement Intern•Coordinate with Dean of Student Support, Student Support Team, & Operations team to organize 1-2 community building activities over the course of the Academy •Participate in weekly Student Support team meeting, recording and distributing minutes•Assist in the coordination and set up of Parent Teacher Conferences & Family Orientation•Support newly arrived families in enrolling their children in New York City public schools throughout the summer