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 and deepen our youth-led sexual health education and advocacy. Ideal candidates should be at home training youth leaders or developing program plans. Demonstrated commitment to comprehensive sexual health and reproductive justice is a must. 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 242 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. Last year we engaged 121 youth advocates who reached 11,000 peers. Working in partnership with DCPS and DC Health, YHEP educators earn $10 an hour, work 4-6 hours a week, and receive 75+ hours of training in sexual health, self-advocacy, peer education, social media, and life skills that includes 25 hours of Adulthood Preparation Subjects (APS). Peer educators are integrated into classroom health education, serve as resources for school-based health centers, and assist community based clinics with outreach. In the seven years of this program, we employed 1,225 youth who reached 40,381 of their peers, distributed 529,053 condoms and made 14,208 clinic referrals. IN 2022, YHEP youth educators from 6 schools created Sexual Education Center – Virtual Wellness ( SEC-VWCs) that provide comprehensive sexual health information, resources, and services.
Position Summary: The YHEP Program Coordinator will work as part of a 3-person training team including YWP ED and YHEP Training Coordinator and 75 youth advocates to implement YHEP 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%): Coordinate youth-led sexual health 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 public health graduate programs.
Ø Program Coordination (10%): Adapt and develop curricula and training materials as needed; conduct core and advanced reproductive health training for new staff; develop systems to improve program operations and respond to problems; prepare reports, records, and related program documents as required; contribute to program evaluation, tracking, and reporting systems monitor individual youth progress; collect evaluation data on key growth areas; prepare reports, records, and related program documents as require; manage program evaluation, tracking, and reporting systems; create data collection tools to evaluate program; and manage overall recruitment strategy and develop plans.
Ø Policy, Advocacy, & Campaign Development (10%) Contribute to YWP’s work with DC Agency and DC Council leaders to integrate youth into school-based 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;; 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: 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 for this job please visit youngwomensproject.org.