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Sex Education Program Coordinator, JAM (“Just Ask
Location: Bronx, NY Reports to: Project STEP Program Director
Job Summary: In collaboration with the Project STEP Program Director and the JAM Program Founder, the JAM Program Coordinator will spearhead the development of the JAM program and its educational components.
Compensation: $30 per hour Hours: 6-10 hours weekly. One day and/or two afternoons per week during trainings, and three to four afternoons per week during workshop weeks (Jan-May). Starting Date: December 2013, program runs through the following summer.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop the workshop curriculum to be used in the Project STEP program for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.
• Utilize existing curriculum and materials, and lead class during a two-hour weekly peer educator training.
• Coordinate peer educators’ schedules and attendance at events and outside workshops.
• Co-facilitate and oversee all workshops provided by peer educators.
• Coordinate training and supplemental education for the peer educators.
• Recruit and train new peer educators for the program
• Bachelor’s Degree.
• Demonstrated experience with health education and public policy.
• Minimum two years’ professional experience working with youth in a classroom, after school, or in a community based environment. Substantial volunteer work will be considered.
• Demonstrated training in the field of education, and child sexuality development.
• Ability and willingness to work late afternoons and/or evenings.
• Well organized, and able and willing to work both independently and collaboratively.
• Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
• Previous work experience in low-income communities.
How TO APPLY:
To respond, send a cover letter and resume to one of the following: Email: MSGC@whedco.org Mail: WHEDco, 50 East 168th Street, Bronx, NY 10452 Attn: Project Step Program Director
WHEDco is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), a Bronx-based nonprofit housing and community development organization, seeks a Sex Education (JAM – “Just Ask Me”) Program Coordinator to join its Youth Department. WHEDco has worked for over twenty years to build a more beautiful, equitable, and economically vibrant Bronx. We reach over 35,000 people annually through energy-efficient, healthy and affordable homes; early childhood education and youth development; home-based childcare microenterprise and food business incubation; family support services; and free arts programming. See www.whedco.org for more information. JAM History: A group of determined female middle school students enrolled in WHEDco’s After School program are JAM’s inspiration and driving force. As part of their academic enrichment, students conduct research into issues that are of special concern to them—and then take action. The students were upset about the number of girls in their neighborhoods who were getting pregnant and dropping out of school. They conducted research— and uncovered some shocking information: only 6.4% of high school students in the Bronx used contraceptives the last time they had sex and 14% of young women between the ages of 15 and 19 had become pregnant.
These young women gained confidence as they spoke to their principal about the importance of teaching sex education in public schools. They learned how to access both the media and government officials to promote their cause, advocating that the New York City Department of Education require the teaching of sex education in middle schools and high schools. The success of their campaign earned them a platform at a November 2007 meeting of the New York City Council, and their work was picked up by local newspapers and radio shows.
They went on to becoming determined peer counselors for two years in the program they helped found, JAM. Now in the program’s 4th year, over 35 young people (boys and girls) have been trained as peer educators. These teens with the assistance of a health educator help create and deliver a sex education curriculum that is incorporated into the after school program for PS/MS 218’s middle school students, called Project STEP (Students Toward Educational Promise). As these teens advocate that their younger peers make smart choices in middle school, they will build greater confidence in their self-image and decision-making abilities as young adults.