Summer Job Opportunities for College Students at CAC

Adventures in the City Freedom School 2016 Program
Christian Activities Council
47 Vine Street Hartford, CT 06112
Tel: (860)527-9860 Fax: (860)727-9558
E-mail: cacemployment@christianactivities.org

As you are aware, The Children’s Defense Fund (a national non-profit organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman) has selected CAC’s Adventures in the City  program as a Freedom School® site for summer 2016. This program will serve approximately 100, low-income students in grades k-3 from Hartford’s North End neighborhoods and will take place at Thirman Milner School in Hartford.

We will be hiring two site coordinators and eleven servant leader interns. These are paid positions with all- expense paid national training. The ideal candidates are college students from urban communities. The job descriptions are attached with instructions on how to apply. Please spread the word. National training begins in March so the hiring process needs to happen earlier than one might expect for summer programming.

How to apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter describing your youth experience and interest in the position to: cacemployment@christianactivities.org .

The Christian Activities Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

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Position: Summer 2016 Servant Leader Intern

Christian Activities Council (CAC) is looking to hire high energy individuals who bring enthusiasm and leadership capability to serve as Servant Leader Interns for the Adventures in the City Freedom School summer 2016 program. This seasonal position offers a unique opportunity to attend and participate in a national training (all expenses paid).

Program Dates: Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 12th Program Days/Times: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00PM
Location: Thirman Milner School 104 Vine Street Hartford, CT
Required Training Dates: 6/2/16 -6/9/16 and 6/30/16

Job Description
The Servant Leader Intern work as PAID summer program counselors, Monday through Friday, with children in grades K-3. Interns lead a literacy rich curriculum during the morning and lead/chaperone activities and field trips in the afternoon. Attendance is expected at other program related functions during the summer. He or she must be responsible, energetic, able to think on his or her feet, well-organized, and a strong role model. He or she should be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community, committed to the goals of the Adventures in the City Freedom School program, and able to work collaboratively with all program constituents.

Responsibilities:
 Attend and participate in mandatory national orientation and training at CDF Freedom Schools facility in Clinton, Tennessee. Sessions are scheduled for June 2nd through June 9th. All travel and related expenses will be covered by Christian Activities Council.
 Attend and participate in required training on June 30th at CAC office in Hartford.
 Deliver the Integrated Reading Curriculum to a class of no more than ten students for 6 weeks during the summer months.
 Set up and break down his/her classroom space, including securing and organizing the appropriate materials.
 Collaborate with staff to establish and maintain a positive, supportive and structured environment for the children entrusted to their care.
 Serve as a leader of afternoon activities and other special events; chaperone field trips.
 Actively participate in daily staff debriefs and be open to receive and share constructive feedback, support and encouragement.
 Collaborate with Site Coordinators, Project Director and CAC staff in planning and implementation of parental and community involvement activities.
 Report to and work with the Site Coordinators to keep the lines of communication open between parents, staff, and partner organizations.
Qualifications:
 Must be at least 18-30 years of age, have completed at least one year of college, and have plans to complete the college degree. This program requires Servant Leader Interns to be between the ages of 18-30 years old in order to comply with the national Freedom School model. The purpose of this program is to provide leadership opportunities for young adults.

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Position: Summer 2016 Program Site Coordinator

Christian Activities Council (CAC) is looking to hire two experienced, high energy individuals who bring leadership capability to serve as Program Site Coordinators for the Adventures in the City Freedom School summer 2016 program. This seasonal position offers a unique opportunity to attend and participate in a national training (all expenses paid). For over 30 years, CAC’s Adventures in the City program has provided free, high-quality summer programming to Hartford youth residents. The Children’s Defense Fund has selected CAC’s Adventures in the City as a Freedom School® summer 2016 site. This program will serve approximately 100, low-income students in grades k-3 from Hartford’s North End neighborhoods and will take place at Thirman Milner School in Hartford.

About the Adventures in the City Freedom School
Adventures in the City Freedom School summer program will employ a multicultural, 6-week curriculum that supports children and families through five essential components: high quality academic enrichment; meaningful parent and family involvement; civic engagement and social action; intergenerational servant leadership development; and nutrition and health. Over the course of 6 weeks, the Adventures in the City Freedom School summer 2016 scholars will engage in dynamic, culturally relevant and community-supported activities that cultivate a deeper connection to literacy, build academic confidence and foster opportunities for life-skills development.

National research shows that students in under-resourced communities are at risk to lose two to three months of reading ability during the summer. With a 10:1 student teacher ratio, Adventures in the City Freedom School is rooted in a strong commitment to support the academic, social and emotional growth of low-income Hartford youth. All staff will be trained to effectively implement the program’s literacy-based curriculum in which all reading materials, activities and field trips reinforce learning goals. The k-3 scholars begin their morning sessions with highly engaging academic activities and participate in a variety of fun, high-quality enrichment opportunities in the afternoon. The Adventures in the City Freedom School program provides secular, non-religious programming and welcomes job applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Learn about program: www.childrendefense.org/programs/freedomschools

Program Dates: Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, August 12th Program Days/Times: Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00PM
Location: Thirman Milner School 104 Vine Street Hartford, CT
Required Training Dates: 3/10/16 through 3/13/2016 and 6/2/16 -6/9/16 and 6/30/16

The Site Coordinator should be experienced in working with large groups of children and in partnerships with young adults. He or she must be responsible, energetic, able to think on his or her feet, well-organized, and a strong role model. He or she should be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community, committed to the goals of the Adventures in the City Freedom School program, and able to work collaboratively with all program constituents.

Responsibilities:
 Attend and participate in mandatory national orientation and training at CDF Freedom Schools facility in Clinton, Tennessee. Sessions are scheduled for March 10th through March 13th and June 2nd through June 9th. All travel and related expenses will be covered by Christian Activities Council.
 Attend and participate in required training on June 30th at CAC office in Hartford.
 Ensure responsible management of servant leader interns in a supported, team environment.
 Manage the day-to-day operations of the site and ensure servant leader interns have necessary materials and supplies for the classroom and students.
 Provide guidance, support, encouragement, and constructive feedback to staff.
 Maintain team spirit among site staff and conduct daily staff debrief sessions
 Collaborate with Project Director and CAC staff in planning and implementation of parental and community involvement activities.
 Report to and work with the Project Director to keep the lines of communication open between parents, staff, and partner organizations.
Qualifications:
 Must have completed at least two years of college.
 Knowledge of positive youth development practices and principles.
 Experience working with youth, experience with grades k-3 preferred but not required.
 Experience managing large groups of children, college-age young people, and parents.
 Solid commitment to children’s advocacy and enthusiasm for program mission.
 Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team.
 Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures.
 Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically
 Exhibit positive behavior and attitude; model a mature and professional demeanor; possess excellent written and verbal skills.
 Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to the ethics of good character, humility, and servant leadership.
 Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings.
Compensation: The position has a total stipend of $3,600. CAC pays for travel/lodging expenses related to training.

Submissions after February 5, 2016 will not be considered.

 

Solidarity by Imam Kashif Abdul Karim

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Solidarity by Imam Kashif Abdul Karim

Preached at Faith on December 27, 2015

[…] As a people of faith and as a people of color in particular we have always stood together to fight oppression, and the common wrong.

The old testament and the Gospel all teach us that all the prophets brought liberation and freedom. We know the struggle of Moses and how he took on the undefeatable pharaoh, we know how David defeated Goliath, we know how Joseph overcame the prison, and all the oppression of the land even the oppression that came from his own brothers.

These are the same challenges we face today. We think the giants in our society can’t be defeated, although we call them the 1 percent and wall street, yet we sing “and the wall came tumbling down”. We think modern day Egypt is too big and powerful to be made righteous. We accept wrong and sins throughout our communities even when we know it’s wrong. We know stores selling pornography, cities promoting prostitution liquor stores on every block of our community, and the legalization of drugs is wrong but we think we can’t take on modern day Egypt  and say no to sin. For many of our people unlike joseph we let the prison the industrial prison complex take control of our lives and our future. And like Joseph we have to be careful not to allow ourselves to be our greatest enemy. It is also unfortunate that Joseph’s biggest enemy was his own brothers, and we find too that often our biggest enemies are those closest to us.

In the Qur’an we also see how we stood against oppression, especially people of color. The first person to die for the establishment of Islam was a black women named Samiya. She took a spear through her heart because she would not denounce the one God of Abraham and Muhammad. She was the first martyr in Islam because she refused to believe in the 365 gods believed in during this time period. When the Muslims were trying to escape persecution from the idol worshippers of Mecca it was the prophet Muhammad’s decision to send his people to the Ethiopian Christian King Negus because he believed the Muslim and the Christians stood on the same principles. When the Meccans tried to take back the Muslims from Ethiopia the Cristian king listened to the arguments of the Meccans and the Muslims. The Muslims spoke from the Qur’an about the birth of Christ Jesus. Tears came to the eyes of the king and he said the difference between you and I are as small as the line he drew on the ground. The Ethiopian Christian King protected the Muslim Community, He said not for a mountain of gold would I return them to you. So the original establishment of Islam was supported and protected by the African Christians.

During this period of slavery a false version of Christianity was used as a tool to justify slavery. It was the same tool used by the KKK to justify the lynching of thousands of Black People throughout America. It was the same form of Christianity used by Hitler to justify the Holocaust, it was the same ideology that was used to justify apartheid in South Africa. A false form of Christianity was being used to justify the wrongs and racism in our society. It was however the black church that took a stand against this false doctrine. The civil rights movement brought forth leaders to denounce this radicalization of Christianity and turn the doctrine of oppression to a teaching of liberation. It was Christians leaders like Martin Luther king Jr, Meager Evers, and other who used the scriptures to bring about Liberation.

[…] People of faith was in the forefront. Martin Luther King for the Christians and Malcolm X for the Muslims. Although there were differences in the approach the goals were the same. People of faith forced America to look at themselves and to change the laws of the land.

[…] At the same time, we see Islam now being persecuted the same way Christianity was misinterpreted in the past. The problems were not with Christianity the problem was with people. We cannot blame Christianity for Slavery, Jim Crowism, The KKK, Hitler, and South Africa, just as we cannot blame the Qur’an, Islam or the prophet for terrorism.

Read the entire message here.