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 Specialis
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 issues or is confused about the steps to college, the AYD is there to help staff, volunteers, children, teens and families as needs arise. 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 both afternoon youth programs 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.
The Assistant Director 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. Interns 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 explore 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 individually and via staff meetings.
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-72) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.