Staff members needed for A House on Beekman’s after-school program!

We are looking for part-time staff to join the elementary after-school program team.  These are hourly paid positions and will begin on Monday, August 25th for the 2014-15 school-year.

Believe it or not, this will be the third year of the after-school program!  These past two years, we have seen God do incredible things in and through both the staff and the kids.  We are so excited to see who He brings to Beekman this year.  Each staff member will have a small group of kids who will be their little “family” for the year.
Responsibilities will include:
Picking kids up from school
Helping them with homework
Leading and participating in games and activities of different kinds (learning activities and projects, arts & crafts, active/outdoor games, bible)
Helping to build a warm, nurturing and safe community at after-school
Share the gospel with the kids and show God’s love to them
Teaching kids healthy ways to respond to emotions and conflict
Communicating and building connections with family members and school-workers
Helping to maintain an orderly, welcoming and stimulating space for the program
 
We will also spend time outside of our hours with the kids, planning and prepping activities and studying child development and education together in order to reflect on our practices and hone them.  The team will be important collaborators in the development of the program.
Qualifications:
High school diploma or GED
Experience working with children (especially elementary-aged and/or in urban community)
Living in (or openness to living in) the South Bronx is a big plus, though not absolutely necessary
The hours will be approximately:
Monday–12:00-6:30
Tuesday–1:30-7:00
Wednesday–1:30-7:00
Thursday–12:00-6:30
Friday–1:30-7:00

We will follow the NYC public school calendar and will also have occasional staff development/planning days on school holidays.

If you are interested and want to learn more, please email: lauren@ahouseonbeekman.org
And to learn more about “A House on Beekman” in general, check out our website: www.ahouseonbeekman.org

Thanks so much for reading!  We can’t wait to see who God brings us!
-Lauren and the “after-school family”

 

Volunteer for Summer Camp

Even though summer camp is run by our summer interns and mission teams from all over the country we would still love for you to volunteer! If you live in New York City and are available during the summer for at least 4 days, then we would love to have you.

Below is some basic information you would need to know about summer camp:

Volunteers need to be here from 9:00 – 4:30 M-F. Volunteer Orientation will be on the prior Sunday from 2-4. This is mainly for the mission team volunteers that come from outside of New York, but you are welcome to attend to get a better idea of what camp will be like. If you can’t make the orientation or have to leave early then that’s ok. Orientation will be held at:

 

390 Jackson Ave

Bronx NY 10454

(off the 143rd street station on the 6 line)

 

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided however breakfast will be very basic so if you want to bring a snack you are more than welcome too. The majority of volunteers living in NYC will be assigned to a color group that you will stay for the time you are with us. This color group is led by one of our interns who lives and works in the Bronx all summer. The color groups rotate through different stations during the day such as crafts, games, bible, etc.. Your main job is to love and invest in the kids as best you can. It can be a long a tiring day, but I promise you will grow to love these kids. Many of them come from very difficult backgrounds and as such have behavior issues. Your job is NOT to discipline them as we have people trained to do so, but to love them and be patient with them. Be their friend.

Our camp meeting place will be at Promise Land Church location is on Cypress Avenue between 137th and 138th street. Its a brown awning.

(get off the train at Cypress AVE on the 6 train)

 

Thank you so much for your willingness to volunteer with us and if you have any questions contact brad@ahouseonbeekman.org

 

Brad

A House on Beekman

Summer Camp Director


Kids leading the way with end-of-year projects

We are finishing the year with one more round of Passion Projects at after-school.  From January to April, the kids worked on projects that were under the leadership of the after-school staff.  On the Friday before spring break, they presented their work to a teeming crowd of family members, friends and AHOB staff and volunteers.  Cameras were flashing and moms and dads were grinning from ear to ear as the kids presented an original play, performed self-written rhymes, displayed their beautiful artistic creations and brought down the house with an incredible step routine.

Since returning from spring break, we launched a final round of Passion Projects.  But this time, instead of us adults presenting options to the kids and leading them through the activity, we took a step back and gave them greater ownership and responsibility. The kids had a big group brainstorm session a couple Fridays ago.  They shared their project ideas, explaining how each project would bring joy to their families and community.  Then they narrowed down the ideas to 4 options.  A baking group will sell their concoctions to raise money for charity, a sports group will present the techniques they learn together, a group will put on a performance of hip-hop, ballet and musical theater and a nature exploration group will create scrapbooks of what they discover about pockets of nature in our very own neighborhood.  We are seeing the kids step into leadership–making decisions, advocating for their ideas and planning how best to use the time.  This is not something they would have been ready for back in September, and it has been incredible to see this concrete evidence of their growth this year.

The kids had a lot of fans at the April Passion Project Party.

The kids had a lot of fans at the April Passion Project Party.

A proud papa films his son's step routine.

A proud papa films his son’s step routine.

 

We’re hiring!

Head Teacher/Assistant Director Position

 

A House on Beekman is starting a preschool program in Sept 2014 that will foster the development of 3-4 year olds and prepare them to enter Kindergarten. We are seeking a Lead Teacher that will also serve as the Assistant Director to lead our children in their social, emotional, spiritual and educational development.

 

Qualifications:

*NYC Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Related Field

*3 or more years experience teaching children under 6 years of age

 

 

Role Description:

*Co-teach preschool class of 3/4 year olds

*Serve as Director when Head Director is not present

*Assist Head Director in Curriculum Development/Child Assessment/Parent Support/Staff Development

*Communicate with parents and encourage their input regarding the growth and development of their children

*Hold 2 home visits and 2 parent/teacher conferences per child per year alongside Head Director

*Actively participate in staff training and development

 

 

Key Characteristics:

*Aligns with the mission and vision of A House on Beekman

*Builds and maintains a positive, nurturing and supportive relationship with children and families

*Maintains a safe and healthy environment in the classroom and on the playground

*Possesses the ability to set and maintain professional boundaries with families

 

Email sloan@ahousoenbeekman.org with your cover letter and resume to apply!


TGC Youth Winter Camp

299428_161243843962266_387676392_nThis past weekend, we had the privilege of taking a bunch of our teenagers to a Winter Camp in Bushkill, Pennsylvania. There we unified under the theme of “Together” to learn about seeking & finding Paul, Barnabas & Timothy relationships in our lives. (Yes, I do mean “our lives” as I found myself taking notes at every session. Truth is for adults, too.) We didn’t simply sit & listen, though, as we found ample time to play hoops, participate in a talent show & have some epic pillow fights.

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was watching one of our high school graduates step up as an adult leader. Having been a camper for the past few years, he accepted a role as a cabin group discipleship leader & sat beside me all weekend as we journeyed with our cabin of middle school boys through what these three relationships are, what they mean, & who fills those roles in each of our lives.

Trinity Grace Church Youth, led magnificently by Tyler Staton & a dozen or so other volunteer adult leaders, continues to be a wonderful & life-giving partner with us here in the South Bronx, & they are located all the way down in Manhattan’s East Village. Hallelujah. We even were blessed to have a local born & bred South Bronx pastor as our camp speaker.

Please pray for our youth as they enter this week back into non-retreat city life in their homes & schools. We can only plant & water. Please pray that the Lord will provide increase in the beautiful hearts of these teenagers. Thank you for reading.