Friday, September 21, 2007

Internship with GEMS

This is a fantastic opportunity to work directly with teen girls, supporting them as a coach, and helping them learn job skills and build economic independence. Full Disclosure-- I work at GEMS! Please spread the word as this internship will be critical to this new program's success. Thanks-- Patti

Internship-Youth Development and Advancement
Org: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)
Dates: September 24-June 24
Paid: Modest Stipend and Metrocard

GEMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young women, ages 12-21 years, who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking to exit abusive and unsafe lifestyles and develop their full potential. GEMS is the only non-profit organization in New York State to provide specialized services to young women and girls who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation with counseling, crisis housing, life skills training, job training and healthcare with consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

As part of our commitment to youth employability and job readiness, the staff at GEMS have developed youth employment programs, including a nine-month leadership development program that meets two organizational goals: (1) to transform under-employed young women into viable candidates for full-time professional work and (2) to build a base of youth leaders within the organization who can fully participate in programming and governance. From October to June, six fellows will serve the organization in various capacities including administration, youth leadership initiatives, community organizing, fundraising and self-development/recreational programming.

Reporting to the Youth Development Coordinator, the Intern for Youth Development and Advancement will work as part of team that helps our fellow complete 21 hours of service each week. Responsibilities include:

• Support two fellows to create quarterly, monthly and weekly goals
• Review daily tasks with fellows and support them to complete them
• Give a daily progress report to the Youth Development Coordinator
• Participate in weekly meetings and trainings

• Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program; graduate student preferred but not required
• A very strong commitment to female victims of sexual violence, exploitation and trafficking
• Previous mentoring experience
• Working knowledge of issues and barriers facing young women of color
• Ability to create a non-judgmental but professional environment where young women can succeed
• Ability to give and receive feedback
• Must be able to work 21 hours per week

Intern will be paid a modest stipend and receive a metrocard for transportation

Application instructions:
To apply, send a cover letter and resume detailing only relevant experience to:

Chiquita Williams
Youth Development Coordinator
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services
Fax: 212-926-7984

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