2018-19 Community Fellow Program – Walla Walla Public Schools – 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Walla Walla Public Schools – 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Email application material to: bcummings@wwps.org

Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until Sept. 9th

Community Fellows—students in their Junior or Senior Year—must be ELIGIBLE to work in the U.S. and ABLE to work the ENTIRE 2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR, September-May (except for College breaks).

This position is part of 2018-19 Whitman College Community Fellow Program. Students will receive an Educational Award from Whitman College. More information about the program here!

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Name of Organization: Walla Walla Public Schools – 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Title of Fellow: Community Resilience Fellow

Proposed Hours of Work per Week/Days of Week: 2-3 days/week, 4-6 h/day; total of 160 hours at organization plus 20 hours in weekly meetings at Whitman College for academic year.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info (email and phone): Brent Cummings, bcummings@wwps.org, 509-526-1929

Mission of organization: 21st CCLC programs support the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. Students who participate regularly in program services gain essential and fundamental skills in core content academic areas, particularly Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, improve grades and test scores in these subject areas, demonstrate increased confidence, self-esteem, and resilience as related to the regular school-day, and improve the overall well-being of their families, both academically and physically.

Project Description: The Community Resilience Fellow will help oversee and bring to fruition the development and research validation of an afterschool youth resilience measurement tool.  Working in collaboration with the Community Resilience Initiative, Commitment to Community, Friends of Children of Walla Walla, and the SOS Health Services Clinic, WWPS is interested in qualitatively and quantitatively measuring the positive impact of afterschool programs on the lives’ of our youth.  Many of the students we serve in our afterschool programs live in environments of toxic stress and/or have numerous Adverse Childhoods Experiences (ACEs), which can have both immediate and long-term detrimental effects on our youths’ health, academics, and socio-economic well-being.  Research demonstrates that creating comprehensive supportive environments, like afterschool programs, can help mitigate and/or buffer the effects of our youths’ ACEs.  In order to measure these supportive environments the Community Resilience Fellow will create and validate a new resilience measurement tool for elementary-aged youth.

Skills Required:

  • Enjoys working with and developing significant relationships with elementary-aged youth.
  • Able to foster positive community relationships across multiple sectors.
  • Proactive communicator.
  • Consistency, reliability, and empathy.
  • Basic understanding of databases and date collection methods, namely Excel.

Skills Gained:

  • Learn how to implement and manage a large-scale research project.
  • Develop on-the-job, workplace problem solving and initiative skills.
  • Receive basic training in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Trauma-informed care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and core competency of research-based resilience frameworks.
  • Increase communication skills, via written and oral reports, presentations, and research paper writing.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and quantify results for an afterschool program resilience measurement tool.
  • Work directly with youth in three elementary afterschool programs: Edison, Green Park, & Sharpstein.
  • Create qualitative programmatic contexts (activities, projects, etc.) for continuous resilience-based improvement.
  • Using data collected throughout the year, help validate results of the resilience measurement tool for future use.
  • Develop long-term programmatic improvement plans to influence positive change throughout the afterschool education field.

Expectations:

  • Students must be eligible to work in the U.S. (e.g. U.S. citizen or green card holder), must be available for the entire 2018-19 academic year, must be available on 9/21 from 4-5 p.m. and must be able to attend 20 meetings (20 hours/bi-weekly meetings) focused on professional development hosted by Whitman College (facilitated by Victoria Wolff, Assistant Director for Internship Programs, SEC).
  • Act in accordance with the policies, procedures, and code of conduct of WWPS employees.
  • Ensure that confidential student and family data is protected and safeguarded.
  • Engage directly in at least three of the broader Walla Walla Region Priorities as set by the Community Councils “Community Conversations” process: Access to Education, Health, and Safety.
  • Develop/increase contextual and individual resilience skills for the benefit of the Fellow’s future careers, families, and communities, all-the-while influencing the same within our community.
  • Practice advanced research-based skills within an academic and professional context for the benefit of targeting best practices within our afterschool programs.
  • Create a network of highly capable, experienced, and caring professionals outside of Whitman College that will provide long-term support for both the fellow and the success of this project.

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