Associate: Reproductive Justice (6.19)
The Young Women's Project (YWP) is a dynamic, brave organization that develops leaders, takes on institutions, and builds youth power in DC. We are looking for a self-starter with a flexible skill set that includes youth development, training and facilitation, and research and a demonstrated commitment to reproductive justice We are a small, ambitious organization with a big agenda and limited resources. We all wear a lot of hats. This position is well-suited for someone with a flexible skill set, willing to take on a range of youth development-training work, and interested in taking on increasing responsibility within the organization.
Organizational Background: The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. Based in Washington, DC, YWP programs engage under-resourced youth of color, ages 14-22, with a focus on teen women, youth in foster care, and homeless youth. Our work focuses on three DC youth realities: poverty, unemployment, and poor health outcomes. About 57% of our youth educators and 70% of our young adults live or go to school in Ward 7 and 8, communities that are disproportionately impacted by teen pregnancy, youth unemployment, and poor educational outcomes. Guided by these needs and opportunities, YWP is building a citywide network of youth educators and community problem solvers. Our model engages youth on three levels starting with self-advocacy. Youth staff and members build their skills in communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, goal setting) and guide them to advance their own rights and opportunities and navigate the complex systems of child welfare, education, and health care. Next, YWP employs youth and invests in their development as workers and community change agents. Last year, more than 250 youth worked 3-12 hours a week as educators, advocates, researchers, trainers, and community outreach workers. Youth work on teams and with a manger, apply their skills, develop professional behavior, put together a portfolio of work products, and earn a paycheck. Third, youth and adult staff work side by side to create and advocate for policies and programs that increase youth rights, resources, and job opportunities. YWP's work is organized into two program areas, driven by long-term-system-change-focused goals.
The Peer Health and Sexuality Education Project (PHASE) engages DC youth as peer educators and advocates who work to improve health outcomes and reduce unplanned pregnancy by expanding comprehensive sexuality education, ensuring access to community and school based health care, and developing supportive policies. As PHASE’s main program, the Youth Health Educator Program (YHEP) hires 250 youth each year from 24 DC public high schools who work in their schools and communities educating their peers, distributing condoms, and referring youth to clinics. Working in partnership with DC Public Schools and the Department of Health (DOH), YHEP educators earn $8.25 an hour for up to 6 hours a week and receive more than 50 hours of training in sexual health, STI/HIV prevention, peer education, contraception, LARCs, clinic referrals, counseling, facilitation, adult-youth partnership, project development, data collection and other issues. Last year we hired 246 youth who distributed 133,000 condoms and conducted 31,095 educational interventions reaching more than 7,000 youth and made 1,500 referrals to school based clinics. The Youth Poverty Program builds the power and leadership of system-identified and homeless youth -- training them as leaders and advocates, who work to expand educational and employment options, improve placement conditions, and expand youth rights. To address the needs of emancipating youth, YWP launched the Center for Youth Adults (CYA) in February 2017 to build the capacity and networks of 100 young adults each year who are emancipating from DC’s foster care system.
Position Summary: The Associate will be responsible for coordinating work at 8-12 school-based sites, working with PHASE staff to conduct training for youth health educators, developing lesson plans and other training materials, coordinating youth-led projects, and collecting, compiling, and presenting evaluation data. Because PHASE trainings are scheduled after school from 4:15pm-6:45pm, the Associate must be available during these hours for three days a week. The position involves frequent visits to DC public and charter high schools.Salary Range: $35,000-$40,000 with benefits (vacation, sick, health,
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and four professional references to:
Nadia Gold-Moritz at firstname.lastname@example.org and Rachel Nichols Rachel.Nichols@youngwomensproejct.org. Please write Associate -RJ in the subject line. See www.youngwomensproject.org for more information. Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. The Young Women's Project is committed to affirmative action.
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