This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The SACC B.A.S.E. Program Assistant at the Whatcom Family YMCA creates an environment that positively impacts the development of youth. The position provides thoughtful program activities to help youth gain new knowledge, skills and abilities; build confidence; and discover who they are. They will facilitate relationships with and among youth, creating a space for them to make new friends and develop strong relationships with staff. They will provide a safe and inclusive environment so that every youth feels welcome and finds a place to belong.
- Supervises the children, classroom, and all activities.
- Interacts with youth in a positive, warm and nurturing manner. Creating a positive rapport and shared interest with all youth while understanding and maintaining personal boundaries with youth.
- Uses effective listening and verbal skills, including positive body language and tone of voice.
- Develops and maintains open, friendly, cooperative and respectful relationships with families and other partners. Provides and welcomes ongoing dialogue with parents and caregivers about their childs needs, progress, and outcomes.
- Creates a safe environment that helps all youth feel welcome and respected. Helps youth with unique experiences or points of view share their perspective.
- Encourages, supports, and provides structured opportunities for positive peer-to-peer relationships among youth.
- Selects and uses appropriate equipment, material, resources and activities to achieve program goals.
- Provides opportunities for youth to lead, problem-solve and make decisions and choices.
- Applies strategies to assist youth in learning to express emotions in positive ways.
- Employs positive behavior guidance strategies that provide youth with increased self-awareness and self-control.
- Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training.
- Follows organizations policies and procedures regarding protecting youth from abuse; including screening and selection, training and supervision, and responding to allegations. Communicate to all staff and volunteers the organizations commitment to protect youth from abuse.
- Follows mandated reporting requirements.
OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY:
Everything we do at the YMCA is based on the ideal that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or identity, diverse abilities, age, religion, socioeconomic status or any other statuses or identities. Our work is focused on eliminating barriers to access, eliminating disparities in health, providing educational support, supporting working families, and growing our next generation of change makers for our country.
YMCA COMPETENCIES (Leader):
Advancing our Mission & Cause: Engaging Community
Building Relationships: Collaboration, Communication & Influence, Inclusion
Leading Operations: Critical Thinking & Decision Making, Functional Expertise, Innovation
Developing & Inspiring People: Developing Self & Others, Emotional Maturity