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Internship Opportunity

JOB TITLE:  Children and Youth Program Intern

SUPERVISED BY:  Family and Youth Advocate

HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-8:00pm; Wednesday 9:00am-1:00pm or 4:00-8:00pm; some flexibility in hours depending on availability of student

Position Description

The Children and Youth Program Intern helps clients of Safe Haven by assisting with children’s programing while mothers attend domestic violence support groups. Duties include organizing general supervision over the children, planning and engaging in age-appropriate play activities as well as leading curriculum-based sessions with school-aged children and youth.

Organizational Overview

Safe Haven Ministries—a nonprofit organization located in Grand Rapids, Michigan—believes in a multi-faceted approach to serving victims/survivors of domestic violence and preventing domestic violence in our community. Safe Haven offers confidential emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic abuse; support groups, individual case management, and advocacy for women and children who do not require shelter; and primary prevention training and outreach for the entire community.

Summary of Duties

  • Protect client confidentiality
  • Participate in monthly supervision and other meetings as assigned
  • Sanitize and clean children and youth program areas as well as materials and tools used throughout this program
  • Maintain proper programming records; record timely and accurate client data in agency database, including client dependent attendance and session participation when applicable
  • In coordination with the Family and Youth Advocate, design and implement a system for organizing and disseminating curriculums, activities, as well as the facilitator instructions for given children and youth programming engagement
  • Maintain an effective and well-organized child and youth program space
  • Prepare materials and supplies for weekly groups
  • Engage residential children in programming and organized play focused on weekly rotating topics: feelings; healthy relationships; anger; and self-esteem
  • As staffing and funding capacity allows, plan and lead outings for children and/or families utilizing the residential program
  • Model positive parent-child interactions; provide a stable, positive role model for children
  • Provide a verbal follow-up report, as necessary, to each mother after group
  • Create a caring and safe environment for learning and healing to take place
  • In coordination with the Family and Youth Advocate and the Children’s Program Assistant, plan and coordinate age-appropriate activities and curriculum-led sessions with children while mothers attend support group

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required or Preferred

  • BSW, Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, or Psychology student in junior or senior standing strongly preferred
  • Experience working with children and/or youth
  • A strong passion for working with youth and children
  • Active listening, crisis intervention, and problem resolutions skills.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence preferred but not required
  • Reliable transportation required

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by interns in this position. Safe Haven is an an equal opportunity employer.

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