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Sr. Program Coordinator:  Youth Justice Campaign-Mental Health & Wellness

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  • $45,000-55,000 USD / Year
  • Salary: $45,000-55,000
  • To Apply:  Please email a cover letter, resume, and four professional references to:  Nadia Gold-Moritz (  Please write “YJC Coordinator Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through 11.15.2022.  However, we encourage applicants to send materials ASAP.  Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. The start date for this position is 11.15.2022. The Young Women's Project is committed to affirmative action.  See and our link tree for more information.

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The Young Women's Project (YWP) builds the leadership and power

Opportunity: The Young Women’s Project (YWP) is a dynamic, brave organization that develops leaders, takes on institutions, and builds youth power in DC. We are looking for an experienced leader with a flexible skill set to help us develop our youth-led mental health peer education and advocacy work. Ideal candidates will be at home training youth leaders or developing program plans. Demonstrated commitment to mental health and wellness is a must. Experience with counseling, social work and other wellness practice will be helpful. We are a small, ambitious organization with a big agenda and limited resources—expect to learn a lot and wear a lot of hats and to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of youth.


YWP Mission: The Young Women’s Project (YWP) builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. YWP programs engage youth on three levels – as organizers (educating, engaging, mobilizing their peers, working as teams to make decisions), as advocates (presenting testimony to city Council, convening accountability meetings of Agency leaders, developing and passing policies) and as system rebuilders (developing programs, creating new peer-led systems, integrating youth into decision making).  Our work engages under-resourced BIPOC youth  ages 14-21 from all DC Wards and most public high schools. The vast majority of your youth identify as women, 20% identify as LGBTQ.  Last year, we hired and trained 251 young people from 25 DC public and charter schools; half of our youth live or go to school in wards 5, 7 and 8. Founded in 1994 as a Collective, YWP has a staff of 6 adults and 150 youth and a budget of  $650,000. We are value-driven, anti-racist, feminist, grounded in youth development and partnership, and work every day to dismantle oppression and rebuild institutions.


YWP Program:  YWP has built a citywide network membership of hundreds of youth educators and advocates in all wards and most schools, united behind a shared vision of youth progress and positive health outcomes. YWP’s work is organized into two program areas, driven by long-term-system-change-focused goals. The Youth Health Educator Program (YHEP) develops youth as sexual health advocates who work to reduce DC’s unintended teenage pregnancy and STI rates through peer education, resource provision, and clinic referral initiation. The Youth Justice Campaign (YJC) develops youth as advocates and organizers to advance a bold agenda and leverage their power through collective action to improve rights, resources, and accountability for DC youth.  YJC campaign teams: 1) Define annual campaign priorities; 2) Collect and analyze data; 3) Engage, educate, and mobilize youth members through training and social media; and 4) Work with DC policy makers to create and implement policies. Youth staff work 5-6 hours a week, develop a portfolio of products, build cross-neighborhood friendships, earn $10-15/hr and receive more than 150 hours of training on public policy, data collection, social media and community organizing.  YWP youth staff launched the Mental Health Campaign (MHC) in 2019 to strengthen school-based mental health programming, connect youth to services, and expand access to mental health education. Since then, MHC has trained and engaged 90 youth leaders (bios here).  who educated more than 2,300 peers on mental health, presented  45 testimonies  to the DC Council, created and distributed 2  Youth Mental Health Surveys (2021 & 2022), developed  mental health solutions, and most recently created Student On-line Support (SOS) Virtual Wellness Centers in 13 schools which provided interactive wellness resources and connected 2,300 youth to counselors and clinicians. Their work was featured recently in the Washington Post.


Position Summary: The YJC-MHW Senior Program Coordinator will work as part of a 3-person training team including YWP ED and YJC Program Coordinator and 75 youth advocates to implement the Mental Health Campaign in 20 schools. The position has four main responsibility areas: 1) Recruit, train, and manage 2 youth staff teams to develop their knowledge and skills and work alongside them to implement school-based projects; 2) Develop curricula and program infrastructure for specific youth-led interventions including peer support and training interventions and adult-led volunteer support groups; 3) Raise visibility of YWP work and youth needs through communication and social media work; and 4) Work to educate and motivate  DC Agency and DC Council staff and leaders to respond to youth needs in policy and practice. During the school year, the Program Coordinator must be available to train 3 nights a week from 4-6:45 to accommodate an after-school youth training schedule. YWP is currently operating on a hybrid schedule. Generally, each individual staff member has 2.5 days that are virtual and 2.5 that are in the office or at library-based training sites.  Youth trainings are conducted in person at libraries and the YWP office located at Dupont Circle.  Staff meets together in the office for 1 full day each week (sometimes 2).  YWP safety protocol is included here.


Specific responsibilities of the Senior Program Coordinator are as follows:


Ø  Youth Staff Training Development, Preparation, Delivery, and Management (40-50%): Conduct weekly trainings and working sessions for 2 teams of ~15 participants each from 6-8 schools; guide participants to meet key objectives. Prepare training materials, contribute to lesson plan development, collect evaluation and attendance data, Oversee, track, and manage all aspects of youth work; provide individual support and referrals to youth staff as needed.


Ø  School-Based Recruitment & School-Based Partnerships (10%): Work intensively with 6-8 public schools in order to recruit students, assess school leadership and student support infrastructure, and work with existing school and student leaders to improve school based mental health services and youth integration in to decision making.


Ø  Youth-Led Project Development (20-30%):  Coordinate youth-led mental wellness projects at 6-8 schools. Projects are likely to include: peer support groups, peer-to-peer resilience building training, virtual education and service links (see SOS VWC as an example), and other projects. Coordinate YWP’s work to identify, orient, and place adult practitioner volunteers who can lead support groups on urgent issues; identify curricula, develop program materials, build relationships with college counselor and social work graduate programs.


Ø  Policy, Advocacy, & Campaign Development (10%) Contribute to YWP’s work with DC Agency and DC Council leaders to integrate youth into school-based mental health decision making and delivery systems – and – with the DC Council to integrate student needs into legislative and budget mandates through the following: 1) Conduct policy research including primary data collection, collection state models, and policy analysis on issues including school based mental health, trauma, toxic stress, resilience building, school safety, and other issues; 2)  Develop materials for use in education, outreach, and advocacy including reports, briefing papers, and testimony; and 3) Work with youth staff to tell stories through written and visual means, testimony development, and meetings hearings, and other events.


Ø  Communications & Social Media (10%): Work with ED and YJC Program Coordinator to expand youth leader and organizational visibility through the following: 1) Contribute to communications planning, strategy, and calendar development; 2) Train youth staff in social media; develop LPs and other training material to support this work; 3)  Track youth social media posts and track, update and analyze social media statistics; 4) Write, proofread, format, and publish content on our website and blogs; and 5) Contribute to  quarterly e-newsletters, announcements and other email messages sent to our electronic mailing lists.


Salary Range:  $45,000-$55,000 commensurate with experience


Benefits include:  Vacation, Sick, FMLA,  Healthcare, 401(K) 6% match, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance



Bachelor’s degree in education, public health, social justice, social work, or related fields.
·         3 years of experience working with youth, women, and with communities of color;

·         2 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer; skilled in popular education and experiential learning; experience with virtual training a plus

·         2 years of experience with project development and implementation;

·         Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in mental health and wellness, school safety, sexual health, and comprehensive sexual health education;

Experience in communications, social media, and fundraising or related non-profit work
Experience with evaluation, data collection, and admin systems preferred
Deep, demonstrated commitment to building youth power and working with youth as partners to improve youth serving institutions; understanding of youth development framework
·         Strong problem-solving & critical thinking skills, and written and verbal communication skills;

·         Highly organized with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complex projects

Flexible, diverse skill set and work approach
To Apply:  Please email a cover letter, resume, and four professional references to:  Nadia Gold-Moritz (  Please write “YJC Coordinator Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through 11.15.2022.  However, we encourage applicants to send materials ASAP.  Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled. The start date for this position is 11.15.2022. The Young Women’s Project is committed to affirmative action.  See and our link tree for more information.


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