NAACP, State Team Up To Help Inmates Find Employment

Courtesy of Marc Pelka's Twitter feed

by Lisa Backus   @ ctnewsjunkie.com 

The Connecticut NAACP and state officials are hoping to find 10,000 jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals in the next three years.

Connecticut is a pilot state for the NAACP’s national “Million Jobs” campaign to get major businesses on board with hiring former inmates who will receive training that actually leads to a job, said Scot X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP and the chair of the national NAACP Criminal Justice Committee.

“There are a lot of people dealing with addiction services, housing issues, mental health issues, but no one is dealing with the jobs issue,” Esdaile said. “The number one social program out there is a job.”

Esdaile and more than 100 business leaders and state officials, including Gov. Ned Lamont, met Tuesday to start planning the implementation of the program which they hope to launch by mid-September.

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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.