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St. Paul Youth Services

YouthPower Lead Staff

Location: Minnesota - Twin Cities
Type: Full Time
Category: Education

City: Saint Paul, MN
Salary: $18-25 per hour

Job description

The Lead Staff is responsible for planning and staffing the Youth Power Leadership Institutes Spring 2019 Session for Black Boys & Young Men and Black Girls & Young Women. The session runs from April 8, 2019 – June 13, 2019.

YouthPower is a youth-led organizing and advocacy hub. Eligible participants for the Spring Session are Black boys and young men and Black girls and young women ages 13-19 who are current or previous participants in St. Paul Youth Services’ Behavior Intervention or Pre-Charge Diversion programs. Eligible, interested youth complete an application and interview process. The application is focused on leadership, goals, skills, hopes, and dreams. Youth participants earn stipends for their full participation.

The Lead Staff will co-lead the design and implementation of the Spring Session with experienced youth leaders from previous YouthPower sessions for Black boys and young men and Black girls and young women in a youth “train-the-trainer” model.

Youth will engage in a semi-structured curriculum of Healing & Identity, Exploration & Innovation, and Policy Change. They will participate in site visits and community forums, identify and develop individual strengths and goals, learn practices for self- and community care, participate in cooperative leadership strategies, engage in critical analysis and creative thinking, prioritize issues, imagine solutions, and communicate their priorities to policymakers and hold them accountable.

The Lead Staff is responsible for designing daily activities aligned with the overall curriculum to ensure the completion of specific experiences and outcomes; establish and practice a culture of high expectations and accountability and high support; organize and lead the day-to-day programming; and document activities and progress. Depending on qualifications and experience, the Lead Staff may also co-lead additional trainings with youth on YouthPowered practices.

YouthPower believes in creating a community that wraps its arms around our youth, and the Lead Staff will be part of a dynamic team including the Executive Director and other staff and issue experts who provide strategic and staffing support.

We seek a dynamic, creative, organized, and compassionate individual with a demonstrated commitment to partnering with youth to heal, grow, learn, express themselves, and dismantle systems of oppression.

Qualifications or requirements


Proven ability to:

design, successfully execute, and evaluate a program for youth in which Black boys and young men and Black girls and young women were the primary participants

design a curriculum and lesson plans

develop individualized learning plans

engage youth in program planning

to build community, create rituals and set clear expectations – preparing space, clean up, building communities

follow data collection and analyst expectations.

facilitate to different learning styles

balance big-picture strategy with day-to-day activities to ensure outcomes are achieved

form and sustain positive 1-on-1 relationships with youth, foster teamwork among youth, and maintain healthy professional boundaries

manage and support a team including allocating responsibilities, leveraging strengths, and developing skills

follow through on commitments and communicate any changes to plans in a timely way

form creative partnerships and identify and secure (non-financial) resources needed to achieve a goal

communicate high expectations and hold youth accountable in ways that allow them to learn and grow

engage a diverse range of personalities and learning styles

analyze situations with nuance, engage in systems thinking and analysis of power dynamics and structural barriers, engage in and elicit imaginative thinking, facilitate constructive, inclusive discussions, synthesize complex topics into accessible language and draw on multiple strategies to ensure youth comprehension, participation, and engagement

positively engage and regularly communicate with families of participants

Demonstrated commitment to youth work as skilled work

Demonstrated commitment to families as loving experts

Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentations and public speaking

Excellent judgement, constructive problem-solving skills, and ability to maintain confidentiality

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

Self-motivated and ability to work effectively as a member of a team

Positive attitude, flexibility, and growth mindset

Asset-based, intersectional view of youth and commitment to centering youth voice

Ability to hold youth accountable in a constructive and compassionate way

Passion for St. Paul Youth Services’ mission and values

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, equity, and cultural responsiveness

High level of personal and professional integrity


4 years of experience working directly with Black boys and young men and Black girls and young women in a classroom or community setting

Demonstrated expertise in areas such as youth development, mentoring, human relations, wellness, restorative justice, the arts, education, and/or recreation

Familiarity with public systems including education, health, housing, juvenile justice, employment, economic development, and how these systems intersect

Understanding of trauma-informed care, culturally-responsive healing, racism and other systems of power and oppression – relating specifically to Black boys and young men and Black girls and young women

High School Diploma or Equivalency

BA degree, or some college in a relevant field, is preferred but not required

CPR or First Aid training and certification is preferred

Must have current driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance

Must successfully complete the pre-employment process for the position, including a job-relevant criminal background check

Must have the flexibility to travel overnight

How to apply

Direct resumes and cover letters, including descriptions of relevant past projects, to with “Lead Staff Application” in the subject line. Applications only – no calls or inquiries please.

The selection process will include a portfolio review in which final candidates will be asked to submit some original work such as a curriculum, project case study, video documentation or other evidence of their program design and execution skills.