Community Fellows, Summer 2020.
Nubian Directions II, Inc. (NDI)
Address: 248 Main Street, Poughkeepsie NY 12601
Organization Description: Nubian Directions II, Inc. (NDI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. NDI is well-known by government agencies and throughout the not-for-profit community in the Mid-Hudson region. NDI is centrally located at 248 Main Street (near Main & Market Streets/business district) in the City of Poughkeepsie.
Our mission is to provide technology training, work readiness skills training, and educational support services for youth and adults to build skill sets that enhance their ability to enter, grow, and succeed in the local workforce in an ongoing effort to foster sustainable community development.
Since October 2004, NDI has administered a YouthBuild/AmeriCorps program. YouthBuild is a national model for workforce skills development authorized under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA). The program serves 31 at-risk young people ages 16 to 24 yearly. Participants split their time between the classroom and the worksite, rehabbing affordable rental housing for low-income residents.
Project or Position Title: Community Fello
Project or Position Description: The NDI Community Fellow will work closely with the YouthBuild and AmeriCorps program directors by assisting them in program development and organizational capacity building.
The Community Fellow who shows a strong degree of interest and commitment to non-profit management, vocational education, community service, and positive youth development may be given an increasing amount of responsibility, autonomy, and creativity in leading AmeriCorps community service events and YouthBuild projects.
There are a number of direct and intangible benefits that the Community Fellow will appreciate, learn, and experience. Nubian Directions YouthBuild/AmeriCorps program is a highly structured, multi-tiered learning environment. The Community Fellow will have close interactions with program participants, program managers, DCC Instructors, and NDI staff.
NDI will work to continually strengthen the Community Fellow’s work experience and knowledge base about of alternative educational programming and non-profit management,
The fellow will have several opportunities to actively participate in various professional development workshops, webinars, and industry recognized certifications and trainings (OSHA-30, CPR/First Aide, Narcan, and Stop The Bleed). By participating in these district sponsored workshops lead by specialists in the educational field, the Community Fellow will engage in small group discussions, exchange ideas, thoughts, offer personal opinions and programmatic recommendations.
The Community Fellow will also be provided informal professional development opportunities through independent readings, light research, online discussions pre-and post-workshops, one-on-one conversation with the Executive Director of NDI.
Summary of Fellow Duties:
The YouthBuild Director/AmeriCorps Coordinator will take into account the fellow’s ability, knowledge, and strengths. While this fellowship placement is intellectually, emotionally, and physically challenging, it is also a rich rewarding experience that may lead to future employment in the non-profit and youth services fields.
The Community Fellow’s responsibilities will vary on a day-to-day basis because the YouthBuild/AmeriCorps programs’ summer needs may vary from the fall and spring program year. The Community Fellow is expected to work collaboratively, collegially, and respectfully with DCC Instructors and program managers. The Community Fellow will:
- Maintain a daily journal of work experiences, learned lessons/experiences that would be reviewed with the YouthBuild Program Director on a weekly basis.
- Review, update, and revise the NDI YouthBuild/AmeriCorps Student Handbook (policies and procedures).
- Meet regularly with the YouthBuild Program Director, YouthBuild Mentoring Coordinator, and the AmeriCorps Program Coordinator to understand the general program components/operations, goals, objectives and performance measures
- Assist in the planning, implementation, and evaluation process of all AmeriCorps community service learning events
- Participate in YouthBuild Program Student Recruitment & Orientation sessions.
- Actively participate in all YouthBuild and AmeriCorps program related activities and community service learning events.
- Assist in the creation and implementation of the YouthBuild “Mental Toughness” activities.
- Interview and meet with the President & Executive Director of Nubian Directions related to program development, fundraising, marketing, grants management, and administration.
- Attend at least one NDI Board of Directors meeting to understand the complexities of operating a non-profit organization.
- Interview two NDI board members regarding the process for developing non-profit board policy
- Provide assistance, input, and advice to the YouthBuild Student Government
- Participate in all weekly YouthBuild program staff meetings.
Specific Skills/Experience Required for the Project: The Community Fellow should be at least 18 years old. Have a desire to work in a federally funded non-profit organization that focuses on positive youth development and training. S/he should have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills; possess a working knowledge of Google Docs and Microsoft Word; good organizational and time-management skills; work at times independently, detail-oriented and enthusiastic; and have the ability to learn how to relate to staff and program participants in a courteous and professional manner. Ability to speak Spanish (bi-lingual) is preferred but not required.
Proposed Work Schedule: The Community Fellow is expected to work full time but not more than 33.5 hours per week (Monday-Friday), between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm. The work day will include a lunch break. Dress is business casual. The Community Fellow will be required to complete a criminal background check in order to work directly with program participants.
A car is not required but will be useful for attending meetings and supporting students at construction worksite, and community service events. There is available parking in the downtown business district and public transportation is readily available.
Any other additional requirements? NDI YouthBuild program model includes: counseling/case management, career and college exploration, mentoring, community service, mediation (conflict resolution), anger management, HSE program, tutoring, life skills workshops, Narcan, Disaster Preparedness, green building and construction, and OSHA and First-Aid/CPR training. The YouthBuild program model enables program participants to develop their own “pathway” to explore higher education, personal growth, and future employment opportunities.
NDI is fully committed to supporting youth exhibiting at-risk behaviors and encouraging them to recognize and reach their full potential. All of NDI’s youth programs (SYEP, YouthBuild, AmeriCorps, and Mentoring) encourage youth to develop skills that promote a positive response to self, peers, and the community. NDI focuses on developing and fostering values such as integrity, self-honesty, responsibility, and hard work. We promote and encourage changed attitudes and behaviors by providing challenging, accommodating programs and services in a variety of inviting settings.
NDI is an official Dutchess Community College (DCC) site for the High School Equivalency (HSE). DCC is our education partner that provides instructors for the HSE and construction components of our YouthBuild program. All program participants that left school without a diploma will be required to enroll in the (HSE) preparation classes. Upon program completion, many program participants will leave the YouthBuild/AmeriCorps program with their HSE in hand and an industry-recognized credential/certificate. We provide a 12-month supportive services component for program graduates, which includes education/job placement, assistance with acquiring driver’s licensing, housing, financial literacy workshops, and more.