Poughkeepsie Youth Coalition

Available for Spring 2020

The Poughkeepsie Youth Coalition brings together independent, school and government providers of youth services in the City of Poughkeepsie. The organization’s vision is communication and collaboration among service providers will allow us to better serve youth in our City as well as communicate goals, challenges and opportunities both to the youth we serve and to the School District and Government entities. One key initiative is the creation of a web-based directory of youth services aimed at students, teachers and parents in the City.

Communications Associate

Responsibilities: Contact all relevant youth service providers to facilitate their participation in the web-based Youth Service Directory; plan and facilitate meetings and communication with member organization of the Youth Coalition, coordinate with the City of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County’s Path to Promise initiative .

Requirements: Good communication and social media skills, capability to work independently as well as supervised work

Contact Alex Reese (alexreese@aol.com) or Gully Stanford (gullystan@gmail.com) — Please copy Lisa Kaul on your correspondence.

Boys and Girls Club Poughkeepsie

Available for Spring 2019

The Boys and Girls Club of Poughkeepsie provides after school programming to students in grades K-8. They welcome volunteers to assist with their after-school program, including homework help as well as enrichment activities, such as music lessons.  The program runs from 3:30 — 6:00 p.m. Please contact Lisa Kaul at likaul@vassar.edu

Interns for Community Family Development

Opportunity available for Spring 2020

Website: www.communityfamilydevelopment.com

Location: 269 Mill St, Poughkeepsie NY 

About Community Family Development: A non-profit early childhood program that cares for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. We provide full year services for families of the city of Poughkeepsie and surrounding areas.

Position Description: Classroom support, office support

Skills Desired: The ability to multi task, engage with children and provide support for staff.

Number of Available Positions: 4

Schedule: Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 10-3

Who to Contact: Jaime Hyla , Executive Director directorcfd@gmail.com 8454715301

Intern for Hudson Valley Homeschool Model Senate Course

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Website: https://wheatleyrobinl.wixsite.com/hvhmodsen

CEL Location: Adriance library, poughkeepsie. Rides available.

About Hudson Valley Homeschool Model Senate Course: We are a one-time class for homeschool students, providing them with material to earn their .5 credit for participation in government through an interactive model senate.

Position Description: Lead students in weekly, 2-hour meetings as a model senate where students learn about government by presenting a bill, representing a state, and immersing themselves in the rules and regulations and procedures of the senate. (20-26 hours)

Tutor individuals or pairs of students as they draft their bill. (10-14 hours)

Research best practices for running a model senate and determine how to teach/mentor students and run the 2-hour classes. (4-10 hours)

Skills Desired: The student should be interested in teaching or mentoring students, have an understanding (or willingness to learn) of how government, bills and the US senate works, and be capable of leading a class. There will be additional adults (parents) in the room to assist with classroom management.

Number of Available Positions: 1

Schedule: Classes will be held Thursdays from 10-12 for most or all of the semester. Tutoring hours can be as available with Thursday mornings preferred, and research can be done on their own time.

Additional Requirements: This class is for the Spring 2020 semester.

Who to Contact: Karina House, Organizer Karinahouse44@gmail.com 845-849-2576

Sustainability Intern for Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available for the Spring 2020

Position Description:  Through direct service programs and tailored professional development, Ramapo for Children helps adults create environments that support learning and success for all young people. A community-engaged learning opportunity is available working with Ramapo’s Rhinebeck campus Green Committee. The Sustainability Intern would help continue the Green Committee’s assessment of the campus sustainability systems, develop structures to reduce waste through improved recycling and composting systems, research and resolve logistics issues, and serve as a resource and for Ramapo program staff.

Ramapo will provide thorough training on the population we serve, campus policies and procedures, and the Ramapo Approach to youth development.

Ideal candidates will have experience in environmental science/studies, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have their own transportation to Ramapo’s Rhinebeck campus
  • Be able to provide 40-80 hours of service on a regular schedule 1-3 days each week (minimum of 3 hours a day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.) between September 16th  and December 15th or between January 20th and May 20th
  • Be cleared by Ramapo’s criminal background check (for which Ramapo bears the cost)

Interns who provide 40 hours of service are eligible for a $150 stipend to help offset travel costs. Those who provide 80 hours of service are eligible for a $300 stipend.

Who to Contact: Interested individuals should contact Jen Buri da Cunha, Director of Community Partnerships and Academic Opportunities, at jburidacunha@ramapoforchildren.org.

Early Childhood Program Assistant Intern for Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available for the Spring 2020

Position Description:  Through direct service programs and tailored professional development, Ramapo for Children helps adults create environments that support learning and success for all young people. Community-engaged learning opportunities are available to support Northern Dutchess Day Care, an early learning center operated by Ramapo for Children. The role consists of helping to lead engaging, early childhood education experiences for children ages 18 months to 5 years and supervising children during daily activities (meal/snack times, outdoor play, etc.). Ramapo is interested in individuals who can support center staff 1-3 times/week on a regular schedule (same day(s)/time(s) each week).

Ramapo will provide thorough training on the population served, program policies and procedures, and the Ramapo Approach to youth development.

Ideal candidates will have experience in child care and/or early childhood education, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have their own transportation to Northern Dutchess Day Care in Rhinebeck
  • Be able to provide 40-80 hours of service on a regular schedule 1-3 days/week (minimum of 3 hours between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) between January 20th and May 20th
  • Be cleared by Ramapo’s criminal background check (for which Ramapo bears the cost)

    Interns who provide 40 hours of service are eligible for a $150 stipend to help offset travel costs. Those who provide 80 hours of service are eligible for a $300 stipend.

    Who to Contact: Interested individuals should contact Jen Buri da Cunha, Director of Community Partnerships and Academic Opportunities, at jburidacunha@ramapoforchildren.org.

After School Program Assistant Intern for Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available for the Spring 2020

Position Description:  Through direct service programs and tailored professional development, Ramapo for Children helps adults create environments that support learning and success for all young people. Community-engaged learning opportunities are available to support Ramapo’s after school program for elementary students at Chancellor Livingston Elementary School in Rhinebeck. The role consists of helping to lead engaging, recreation experiences for children ages 5-12, providing academic support, and supervising youth during daily activities (meal/snack times, outdoor play, etc.). Ramapo is interested in individuals who can support after school staff from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., 1-3 times/week on a regular schedule (same day(s)/time(s) each week).

Ramapo will provide thorough training on the population served, program policies and procedures, and the Ramapo Approach to youth development.

Ideal candidates will have experience in child care, recreational programming, and/or youth academic support, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have their own transportation to Chancellor Livingston Elementary School in Rhinebeck

  • Be able to provide 40-80 hours of service on a regular schedule 1-3 days/week (minimum of 1 day a week from 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) between January 20th and May 20th

  • Be cleared by Ramapo’s criminal background check (for which Ramapo bears the cost)

Interns who provide 40 hours of service are eligible for a $150 stipend to help offset travel costs. Those who provide 80 hours of service are eligible for a $300 stipend.

Who to Contact: Interested individuals should contact Jen Buri da Cunha, Director of Community Partnerships and Academic Opportunities, at jburidacunha@ramapoforchildren.org.

Digital/Social Media Intern for Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available for the Spring 2020

Position Description:  Through direct service programs and tailored professional development, Ramapo for Children helps adults create environments that support learning and success for all young people. Community-engaged learning opportunities are available to support Ramapo’s Communications team by taking photos and videos of staff and program participants (young adults in a residential transition to independence program, retreat participants, teen weekend program participants, and former summer campers attending winter respite weekends) and creating social media, website, and newsletter content which can be used throughout the year. The individual will collaborate with Ramapo’s Communications staff and have the opportunity to learn more about not-for-profit administration and communications.

Ramapo will provide thorough training on the population we serve, campus policies and procedures, and the Ramapo Approach to youth development.

Ideal candidates will have experience in communications, digital media, photography, and/or graphic design, as well as strong interpersonal skills.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have their own transportation to Ramapo’s Rhinebeck campus
  • Be able to provide 40-80 hours of service on a regular schedule 1-3 days each week (minimum of 3 hours a day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.) between September 16th and December 15th or between January 20th and May 20th
  • Be cleared by Ramapo’s criminal background check (for which Ramapo bears the cost)

Interns who provide 40 hours of service are eligible for a $150 stipend to help offset travel costs. Those who provide 80 hours of service are eligible for a $300 stipend.

Who to Contact: Interested individuals should contact Jen Buri da Cunha, Director of Community Partnerships and Academic Opportunities, at jburidacunha@ramapoforchildren.org.

Young Adult Program Support Intern for Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available for Spring 2020

Position Description: Through direct service programs and tailored professional development, Ramapo for Children helps adults create environments that support learning and success for all young people. Community-based learning opportunities are available to support the staff of Ramapo’s Staff Assistant Experience, a residential transition-to-independence program for young adults ages 18-26 who are learning to navigate learning differences, ADHD, and Asperger’s-like autism in order to move on to college and employment.

Interns will assist full-time staff in stewarding young adults through their weekend schedules, providing job coaching during on-campus work experience (organic gardening, farm animal care), and helping lead and oversee recreational activities.

Ramapo will provide thorough training on the population we serve, program policies and procedures, and the Ramapo Approach to youth development.

Ideal candidates will have experience working with adolescents with disabilities and/or coursework in psychology and/or special education.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have their own transportation to Ramapo’s Rhinebeck campus
  • Be able to provide 40-80 hours of service on a regular schedule 1-2 weekend days each week (9 a.m.-5 p.m. or 12 p.m.-8 p.m.) between January 20th and May 20th
  • Be cleared by Ramapo’s criminal background check (for which Ramapo bears the cost)

Interns who provide 40 hours of service are eligible for a $150 stipend to help offset travel costs. Those who provide 80 hours of service are eligible for a $300 stipend.

Who to Contact: Interested individuals should contact Jen Buri da Cunha, Director of Community Partnerships and Academic Opportunities, at jburidacunha@ramapoforchildren.org.

School Readiness Educator Intern for Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

This position is available for Spring 2020

www.mhcm.org  | 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Organization Description:

Named “2017 Best Museum” by Hudson Valley Magazine, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children. The museum’s mission is to empower young children and their families and our vision is a community which each and every young child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth.  With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, early STEM, health and the local community, the museum welcomes over 80,000 visitors each year and provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections.

MHCM is the ONLY children’s museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany markets. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and two waterfront parks.

MHCM has three areas of programmatic focus that direct its work in exhibits and educational programs: school readiness, health and wellness, and community-building. Its galleries feature a variety of open-ended exhibits that encourage young children to practice and develop age-appropriate cognitive, physical and emotional skills.  Its newest exhibition, “Tell Me a Story” opened in December 2017 and promotes early language and literacy skill development through storytelling and immersive physical play.  In 2016 MHCM opened two new learning spaces: The Science Center @ MHCM to advance early STEM education, and The Children’s Garden @ MHCM to teach families about growing their own food.  The museum is dedicated to engaging and serving a diverse audience of families from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds and of all abilities and needs through special admission and membership programs.

In 2017, MHCM launched the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market – a new farmers market bringing farm fresh produce to City of Poughkeepsie families, residents and visitors. The Market operates Monday afternoons in the Pavilion at MHCM from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, seasonally June through August.

Position Description:

The intern will take on the role of “School Readiness Educator” here at the museum. They will prep and help develop a weekly “Afternoon ABC 123” preschool activity with a rotating theme. After some training and practice they will facilitate the program for visitors in the museum.

The intern will also help the museum in exhibit and program evaluation by conducting formal observations and surveys of guests interacting with various exhibits in the museum. Lastly the intern will help monitor exhibits, keeping them tidy and informing guests of their educational benefit.

List specific skills/experience required for the project:

The intern should be outgoing and feel comfortable leading groups of young children and their families. They must maintain a professional appearance. They need good organizational skills and work ethic. Cooking and gardening skills are a plus but not required.

Who to Contact: OCEL Director Lisa Kaul at ocel@vassar.edu