Family Education Program Intern with Family Services

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity which requires a car.

Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley.

Location: Various locations in Orange County

Position Description:

Family Education Program Interns provide support to Family Educators in home visits, supervised visits, and group sessions. Interns provides support to Family Educators and Case Aides in case management and supportive counseling to families referred by the Department of Social Services and/or may be involved with preventive agencies. Under the supervision of program staff, interns may facilitate visits and groups. In addition to direct services, interns will assist with administrative and clerical duties. Intern responsibilities will be inclusive of areas identified in their respective college/university learning plan. Family Education Program Interns enthusiastically support, practice, and communicate the agency’s mission and statement of values.  We welcome the unique contributions from our team when it comes to culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, and expression, nation of origin, languages spoken, color, religion, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

As a Family Education Program Intern, the majority of time will be spent conducting home visits, advocating for families, and helping families become self-sufficient under the supervision of program staff. Interns are required to have regularly scheduled supervision as prescribed by their institution’s requirements and must be able to take direction from either supervisors and/or co-workers based on the situation. Training on program curriculum is provided

  • Supporting program staff in teaching, advising, coaching and supporting families in mastering parenting skills through home visits and/or group facilitation.
  • Maintaining a flexible schedule so that home visits can occur in early morning or evening hours if needed based on client needs.
  • Assisting program staff in maintaining accurate visit records, documentation, and report on a timely basis.
  • Collaborating with DSS preventive and CPS workers, and other service providers to ensure family cooperation with mandated services and child service needs.
  • Ability to work with people from many different racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Under the guidance of program staff, possess or strong teaching/coaching skills; meet the needs of family members with effective solutions. Possess compassion and empathy.
  • Modeling nurturing attitudes and behaviors in all contacts with program participants and teammates while acting in congruence with Nurturing Program philosophy, methods and Standards of Practice.
  • Provide excellent and thorough customer service to all family members.
  • Possess ‘out of the box’ thinking and resourcefulness.
  • Ability to work effectively in frequently changing environments
  • Ability to work independently; but relate issues to manager appropriately.
  • Attend supervision meetings, staff meetings, and trainings as required.

Desired Skills:

  • This position requires knowledge about, understanding of, and an ability to work with children and families, preferably with experience in early childhood development.
  • Possession of a reliable vehicle and valid NYS driver’s license is a must.
    Must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution, with a field of study in social work, psychology, sociology, education, or related field.
  • Candidates who are bilingual in English and Spanish are preferred.
  • Openness to a wide scope of human services experiences
  • Candidate must have the ability to work flexible hours.
  • Must be able to work indoors and outdoors and travel to different areas of Orange County.
  • Computer literacy
  • Strategic thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Client focus
  • Time management
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • Communication and public speaking skills
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem-solving abilities

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Children’s Center Intern/Volunteer with Family Services

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity. 

Family Services brings people together to find the support they need, improving their lives and communities, and building a stronger, safer Hudson Valley.

Location: Majority of time will be spent at the Children’s Center at the Dutchess County Family Court, working with children and families who are under stress and dealing with difficult situations, and occasionally on program sites, in the community, and travel to offsite meetings and events.

Dutchess County Family Court: 50 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Family Services: 29 N Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

The Children’s Center Intern assists the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher at the Children’s Center at the Dutchess County Family Court in compliance with all NYS Office of Court Administration Children’s Center Program agreements. The Intern provides a safe and creative curriculum for children while their families attend to court business and offers consultation to families for resources within the community. The position enthusiastically supports, practices, and communicates the agency’s Mission and Statement of Values. Under the supervision of program staff, interns may facilitate activities with children and offer supportive counseling to parents. In addition to direct-services, interns will assist with administrative and clerical duties. Intern responsibilities will be inclusive of areas identified in their respective college/university learning plan. Children Center Interns enthusiastically support, practice, and communicate the agency’s mission and statement of values. We welcome the unique contributions from our team when it comes to culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity, and expression, nation of origin, languages spoken, color, religion, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

  • Responsible for assisting with the direct care and safety of the children left in the center under the supervision of program staff.
  • Implements and maintains the health and safety protocol/procedures and maintains visible instructive printouts of these procedures.
  • Will assure center is in compliance with all program safety and confidentiality
    guidelines.
  • As a representative of the Agency, shares our values, knowledge, and skills with other organizations, community groups, regulatory bodies, and key stakeholders. Maintains good relationships with stakeholders and partners to advocate for clients and those working in the field of human services.
  • Participate in program outreach to the community and expand service reach by researching community organizations and providing community outreach through presentations.
  • Under the supervision of program staff, assisting with required intakes and reports.
  • Prepares and submits information for monthly reports to appropriate entities.
  • Secures the intake paperwork in proper location.
  • Maintains statistical records necessary for reports and research.
  • Planning, development and evaluation of program activities.
  • Designs and carries out curriculum and activities based on the needs and development of children in center at any given time.
  • Develops and implements monthly/seasonal themes and constructive activities in a long-range plan
  • Will implement the established curriculum guidelines
  • Assisting with the distribution of referral and resource information to caregivers based on their and their children’s needs.
  • Remains informed on current local resources and services.
  • Assesses the needs of the caregiver and will respond to them through referrals to appropriate agency/program.
  • Assisting the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher in the planning and coordinating the Children’s Center/Supervised Visitation Advisory Committee in conjunction with the Associate Director and Director of Family Support Services
  • Completion of all required training for staff.
  • Providing appropriate, creative, supportive interactions with the children in the center in group and individual activities.
  • Develop creative “in-class” programs based on age and present teachable

Desired Skills:

  • This position requires knowledge about, understanding of, and an ability to work with children and families, preferably with experience in early childhood development.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited higher education institution, with a field of study in social work, psychology, sociology, education, or related field.
  • Openness to a wide scope of human services experiences
  • The successful candidate ideally will have experience in children’s programming for mixed ages, crisis management, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and community resources.
  • Computer literacy
  • Strategic thinking
  • Organizational skills
  • Client focus
  • Time management
  • Communication and public speaking skills
  • Innovative thinker and solution-oriented
  • Sound judgement
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem-solving abilities

COVID-19 Requirements:

  • All Statewide Children’s Centers in the Courts staff, substitutes, and volunteers must provide proof of their full vaccination status. Full vaccination is defined as two COVID vaccinations along with a booster. Exemptions for a medical or religious reason will be accepted if proof is provided Family Services and the exemption is granted in writing.
  • Anyone with an exemption must continue to comply with all masking regulations at all times.
  • New York State Unified Court System policy requires facemasks be worn in all public spaces of the courthouse. Although Children’s Centers are locked, secured settings within the courthouse are still considered public spaces. All Children’s Center staff, no matter their vaccination status, must wear facemasks in the Children’s Center when any other person is present.

Emotional Support, Academic Support/Tutoring with Finish Strong

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity only available for CEL credit.

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Finish Strong  provides non-contact boxing and other activities as well as mental health counseling to address trauma and build resiliency in youth and young adults. They strive to bring experiences to the classroom that youth would not otherwise encounter, such as:

  • Drawing, painting, and other arts/crafts
  • Film and media
  • Singing, musical instruments
  • Culture and history
  • Cooking
  • Sports and physical activity
  • Nature and gardening
  • Yoga/body and mind connection
  • Or any other ideas!

CEL students should be able to assist youth with social emotional learning & emotional support using various outlets such as arts & crafts and other therapeutic practices.

Location: Family Partnership Center, 29 N Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY, 12601 

Desired Skills:

  • The student should have a skill of interest that they would teach to the participants
  • A desire to work with kids ages 8-15
  • Be prepared for a very active and engaging experience!

Hours: Flexible hours during Monday through Friday between 3-8pm; Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org + 60 hours of academic work)

Finish Strong will provide training on trauma-informed care and practices, as well as other areas of interest the intern may have.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Media Intern for The Podcasters

This opportunity might be available during Summer 2022. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

The PodcastersThe Podcasters is a multicultural, multilingual podcasting collective of youth from across the United States. Together, they produce content with the mission to validate and make space for students and other young leaders to share and discuss the political and social issues impacting their daily lives. Please visit their website to hear episodes by mousing over the “Hudson Valley” tab and clicking on each episode’s page. Their primary goals include:

  • Creating meaningful space for student discussion.
  • The Podcasters operates podcasting teams that include a mix of students from partnering Middle or High Schools, Vassar Students, and faculty/community collaborators. These teams meet regularly to record discussions about the issues impacting their daily lives.
  • Foster an environment accepting of multicultural and multilingual expression.
  • By empowering young people to share their experiences in the language they are most comfortable in, The Podcasters’ aims to celebrate diversity in expression and experience.
  • Creating a platform for student voice to impact a larger audience.
  • To validate and magnify the voices of its youth participants, The Podcasters shares exclusive content and episodes through social media and aspires to work with community radio stations to share and air select podcast episodes or segments.

Position Description: The Podcasters team is seeking help from Vassar students to attend and assist in leading the podcasting sessions every Wednesday or Thursday night. Students will discuss with the Hudson Valley students various topics that they find interesting. The Podcasters also needs help in editing and organizing the audio to create a cohesive and concise narrative that truly centers the students’ voices. Students are also asked to help in posting the finished episodes to social media sites and played on local radio stations. Students may also contribute to grant-writing activities.

Desired Skills: 

  • Communication
  • Spanish is a plus, but not necessary
  • Interest in podcasting
  • Technical production skills a plus
  • Enjoys talking with high school students

Hours: Wednesdays and/or Thursdays evenings 6:30-8pm. Plus 4-8 hours/week flexible schedule.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Camp Counselor with Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022.

Ramapo’s mission is to keep young people from being relegated to the margins of their schools, programs, families, or communities because of challenging behaviors, cognitive disabilities, or other differences. We do this by offering the adults in their lives a new lens through which to view challenging behaviors, and presenting a set of techniques and tools that, when mastered, enable adults to meet children’s needs and create nurturing environments in which all children can thrive.

Staff Assistant Experience with Ramapo for Children

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022.

Ramapo’s mission is to keep young people from being relegated to the margins of their schools, programs, families, or communities because of challenging behaviors, cognitive disabilities, or other differences. We do this by offering the adults in their lives a new lens through which to view challenging behaviors, and presenting a set of techniques and tools that, when mastered, enable adults to meet children’s needs and create nurturing environments in which all children can thrive.

Early Childhood Curriculum Intern with Day One

This opportunity is available during the Spring 2022 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

DAY ONE Early Learning CommunityDAY ONE Early Learning Community is a non-profit located in the city of Poughkeepsie. Our mission is dedicated to creating the best learning opportunities for young children in New York State by providing state-of-the-art training for early childhood teachers. As part of our ecosystem for building high quality early childhood education, we provide programs for parents to have access to knowledge, resources and respect for their hopes for their children and families.

Position Description:

  • The early childhood curriculum intern will be involved in the organization of the pilot curriculum for DAY ONE’s Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP). Over the course of the semester, the intern will work with the executive director to put the pilot curriculum into Google Classroom.
  • The intern will be involved in cross-checking formats and versions of the curriculum materials, making sure that everything is updated as needed. The intern will also develop a resource catalog of all materials available in the workshop. This is an opportunity to see a curriculum being developed and implemented, the essential aspects of organization and detail in a curriculum, and the supporting components, such as materials that need to be ordered.
  • As the intern learns about DOELC and hopefully more about our local community, this person will be responsible for presenting DOELC in a positive and professional manner, reflecting DAY ONE’s core values.

Desired Skills:

  • Essential: use of google docs, google sheets/excel and google forms; ideally google photos
  • Strong organizational skills; able to connect and monitor information across multiple formats
  • Attention to detail and presentation quality of documents
  • Interest in the link between science, research, public policy and social justice
  • A strong commitment to this work and the project
  • Reliable and mature approach to work; strict adherence to policies regarding confidentiality of data and teamwork; interested and able to receive guidance and constructive feedback flexibility preferred: experience or coursework in education or developmental psychology preferred
  • Preferred: interest in becoming an early childhood teacher and/or an interest in curriculum design and implementation

Hours: Preferred in person hours are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, M-Th. Work can be done in person and  virtually.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Teen Visions Exhibition (in-person)

The Art Effect hosts Teen Visions 2021, which celebrates the incredible work of selected young artists from The Art Effect’s 2021 summer programs. Experience art through the eyes of talented teens who created an impressive collection of more than 70 works of art, including drawings, painting, photography, digital animation, and mixed media, and more. It is an incredible accomplishment to be chosen for the Teen Visions exhibition.
Free & open to all.

Summer Fun Saturdays

Summer Fun Saturday’s are a great way for youth of all ages to remain physically active over the summer while having fun and socializing.
Each Saturday offers a new activity that youth can opt into such as the YMCA Basketball Clinic with former D1 Basketball player Shad Gipson, Running Clinic with Steve Ackerman, Skateboarding with KNASP, Drone flying classes and other activities presented by Community Matters 2.
Summer Fun Saturday’s presented by the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, Community Matters 2, Inc., Day One Early Learning and the City of Poughkeepsie all organizations are members of the 35 Montgomery Street Coalition.