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Our after-school program began its 3rd year this past Monday and we could not be more excited! We will be working with 30+ beautiful kindergarten to 5th graders each school-day from 3:00-6:00–helping with homework, playing games together, laughing and having fun and most importantly learning about and enjoying God and His incredible love for us.
The kids benefit so much from one-on-one attention in all that we do at after-school. Our volunteers are the ones who make this possible and have been a huge blessing in the past–forming such beautiful relationships with the kids, helping them, encouraging them. Please consider whether you may be able to give one afternoon per week to joining God’s work in the South Bronx!
Here are the two basic types of volunteer help that we need:
Under the leadership of the after-school staff, volunteers are needed to:
–Assist kids with homework and learning projects
–Help engage and involve kids in Bible time
–Help engage and involve kids in community- and character-building activities
–Have fun with and show love to the kids!
Ideally, our helpers are able to:
–make a weekly commitment for school-year (or at least the semester)
–come the same day each week
–be with us from 3:00-6:00pm
Passion Class/Passion Project Leaders:
We also need volunteers to teach/lead hour-long extra-curricular activities on a Friday. For example, these activities could be arts, music, theater, sports, technology, creative writing, foreign languages, etc.–anything that you love to do!
–This can be a one-time opportunity or can be on-going.
–Ideally, a passion class volunteer leader would come in with an activity/lesson fully-prepared. The staff would assist under the volunteer’s leadership.
–Alternately, a volunteer can come to support/assist a passion class which is being led by one of the staff members.
We are hopefully and eagerly waiting to see who God brings to the Bronx this year!
If you are interested in helping out at after-school, please contact Lauren by email: email@example.com
We had an amazing summer with 100 kids at our summer camp for 4 weeks! While camp is full of fun, we use the summer time to make a significant impact in our kids lives in several different ways.
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.
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.
*NYC Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education or Related Field
*3 or more years experience teaching children under 6 years of age
*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
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your cover letter and resume to apply!