Youth Program Specialist

Our House, Inc.

About the organization

Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community. The Our House team has defined a set of seven Guiding Principles that characterize our culture and that we intentionally seek to uphold: Hard Work, Wise Decision-Making, Community, Initiative, Integrity, Safety, and Heart.


Integrate Positive Youth Development in our program, including physical and psychological safety, appropriate structure and schedule, supportive relationships, opportunities to belong, positive social norms, opportunities for community service, opportunities for skill building, and the integration of family, school, and community efforts.
Create an enriching, fun, and safe environment for the youth that is led by youth input and feedback
Demonstrate competence in daily classroom management
Integrate special needs youth in a positive and respectful manner
Develop relationships with the youth and nurture them through behavioral and family challenges
Work with AmeriCorps Members to plan enrichment activities in the programmatic areas: STEM, Cultural Enrichment, Health/Nutrition/Physical Fitness, Arts, Life Skills, and College & Career Readiness (6th-12th grade) that engage and educate the youth
Support the youth with homework and provide tutoring when needed and understand and incorporate AR Dept. of Education K-12 Frameworks
Plan and execute fun and educational field trips during school breaks and summer
Create and retain community partnerships that will enhance the enrichment programming
Participate in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) and ensure that the program meets and exceeds YPQA standards. Formulate ongoing quality improvement plans.
Understand and comply with program grant requirements and School Age Minimum Licensing Requirements.


High School diploma required; Bachelor’s degree preferred
At least 2 years of experience working with youth is required
A background or college courses in education, social work, or psychology preferred
Ability to work effectively with diverse staff, parents, and community members
Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-direction
Must be able to lift 30 lbs
Complete Youth Worker Certification within 6 months of hire
Valid driver’s license and willingness to transport youth
Ability to swim is preferred
Obtain CPR / First Aid certification within first 90 days of employment
COVID-19 vaccination required or must meet the legal guidelines for an exemption
Must be able to pass criminal background checks, child and adult maltreatment registry checks, sex offender registry checks, and a pre-employment drug screen

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