Youth and Community Program Coordinator

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Youth and Community Program Coordinator with RSPYC, a youth club in Saint Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. RSPYC was conceptualized as a club for individuals ages 8 to 18, who are challenged by a host of serious, deeply ingrained economic and social problems, most of which stem from a highly destabilized family structure, criminal activity, and economic impoverishment due to high unemployment. The club is intended as a viable deterrent to juvenile crime, and as a training ground to educate at-risk children, thus providing preliminary training for their development as future leaders. Ultimately, the training is expected to foster active participation in good governance processes and democracy building within the country. RSPYC has been in existence for the past four years, and presently operates only in the Vieux Fort districts; however, the aim is to extend the club throughout the south of the island by the end of 2020, and the organization is need of someone to broaden the scope of the program to keep all young people engaged.

The Youth and Community Program Coordinator, with a bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field and three to five years working with children that are truant or at-risk is needed to work collaboratively with board members and other community members to develop and lead programs to target the needs of children and youth; train community volunteers on how to lead programs for children and youth; provide life skills training to community members; and conduct consultations with the parents. Ideally, the PCRV would also be able to prepare proposals for current and potential stakeholders, and assist with securing funding for activities and events targeting children and youth. Ultimately, the goal of the assignment is to build the capacity of RSPYC to provide training that will foster active participation in good governance processes and democracy building within the country.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

Rising Stars Police Youth Club (RSPYC)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, or related field
• Relevant experience working with youth and knowledge of theory and research concerning their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development; peer relations and sexuality; risk and protective factors; and principles of adolescent development
• Competencies around communication including not only the methods and purposes of communicating with and engaging youth, but also awareness of the young person’s context (including family, culture, and community), diversity, and potential
• Three to five years working with children that are truant or at-risk
• Friendly, energetic and able to connect with youth
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development
• Willingness to persevere through challenges (travel, climate, interacting with multiple people and agencies etc.)

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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