The New York State Museum's Youth Services division is a nationally recognized program that features two educational, interactive after-school programs for Albany city youth. The Museum Club is for children, ages 8-13 and specializes in offering homework and academic assistance plus fun, hands-on enrichment activities on the floor of the State Museum. Discovery Squad is a work-based mentoring program that serves 14-18 year old, urban Albany teens. Teens are paid to assist younger kids as well as save time to work on their own schoolwork, start researching colleges, practice for their Regents and SAT exams, write college essays and create and conduct programs on the floor of the Museum. Each program revolves around innovative museum education practices, while providing students with the academic support they desperately need.
Stephanie Miller, Director of Youth Services/Museum Education will supervise intern activities.
A. We are seeking two college students who can provide elementary school children with daily homework assistance, help them build good study habits and offer tutoring, reading assistance and mentoring as needed.
Tutors set up the homework area each day, including sign-in and snacks and then turn their attention to homework, help kids to improve their study and organizational skills and tutoring as needed (multiplication tables, vocabulary and writing skills, etc) and oversee the reading incentive program where tutors, teens and college interns read with children who need the most help with literacy skills. Many of our children are one or two years behind in math and/or reading and we also have a number of Spanish speaking families who are in the process of learning English. The tutors provide an informal, positive environment that offers more one-to-one attention for children who struggle in school. During down-time and on Fridays when the kids have little or no homework, the tutors plan activities for the children that might include cooperative outdoor games in nice weather or indoor activities such as scavenger hunts in the Museum for inclement weather days. The kids love to engage in fun activities with our high school, college staff and volunteers. Candidates should have experience with elementary-level children and be energetic, engaging, friendly and patient.
B. We are in need of an Assistant Youth Director (AYD) with significant youth experience, who can help oversee both the Museum Club and Discovery Squad youth programs. The AYD will work and train directly with the Museum's Youth Director and learn to cover the various needs that may arise during the day. Whether it is a fire drill, a child who does not want to do homework or a teen who needs to talk about life circumstances or is confused about the steps to college, the AYD is there to help staff, volunteers, children, teens and families as the need arises. Our youth programs incorporate a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to learning and social and emotional development. In the event that the Youth Director is unavailable, the AYD will work together with Museum staff to seamlessly cover the afternoon with confidence and experience. The AYD will also be available to spend time with the Discovery Squad teens, helping to provide academic support, college prep assistance and help to facilitate the college process with teens who rarely see a guidance counselor and often have families that have not attended college. The AYD should have a great rapport with young people, have an upbeat demeanor, possess lots of energy and be organized and able to multi-task.
These positions are challenging, but incredibly rewarding because of the opportunity to directly influence the lives of young people on a daily basis. We want our students to learn to love learning and in this non-traditional educational environment, with a dedicated and caring staff, we often see dramatic improvements in the lives of those we serve.
Interns will be under the director supervision of the Youth Services Director who has 30 years of experience working with urban kids and is the founding director of the programs. Staff will receive training from Museum Educators and existing Youth Services staff to learn about the programs, the Museum and the needs of the young people and families whom we serve. We will explore the developmental levels and potential behaviors of the youth and participate in role-playing and scenario-based experiences to cover potential situations that may arise. Learning strategies will be discussed on a regular basis and staff will also gain knowledge of the new Common Core approach to Math, Science and ELA. Museum education teaching strategies such as object-based, hands-on learning will also be part of the training and development of incoming staff.
Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to email@example.com(link sends e-mail) Please include the Assignment Number (OCE-37) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.