BROOKLIN — Now preparing for its 14th summer, the Brooklin Youth Corps is looking for an energetic, youth-oriented person to serve as coordinator.
The youth corps is a nonprofit self-esteem and employment program for Brooklin teenagers. It was started in 1997 by the town and its citizens, using property tax dollars and a federal grant. Today it is supported by town funds and donations from private individuals, as well as fund-raising events put on by the teenagers themselves. It is run by a steering committee made up of Brooklin residents and friends of the program.
Through the BYC, teenagers are employed up to 35 hours a week doing chores for individuals and businesses, as well as community projects such as tending the school garden. They are paid by a combination of program funds and client reimbursement.
The program’s success hinges on the coordinator’s ability to inspire and lead teenagers. With help from an assistant coordinator, the coordinator organizes the work week, helps the teenagers learn and perform their jobs, works alongside them and makes sure they behave themselves.
The coordinator also bills clients and provides the town treasurer with the information required to issue the teenagers’ paychecks.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with young people, as well as good communication and organizational skills. This is a salaried, 10-to-12-week position. The coordinator’s activities would start in June, with the program expected to be in full swing after school ends for the summer. Some scheduling is negotiable.
Anyone interested in the position should send a letter of interest and a resume no later than April 29 to Brooklin Youth Corps, P.O. Box 141, Brooklin, ME 04616.
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