Connected Youth Initiative’s Learn and Earn Opportunity
Are you interested in exploring a career in education, child development, child care, social work, recreation, or even criminal justice? Do you want to share your hobbies, interests, and passions to impact youth and children? If so, this is the opportunity for you!
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation’s Connected Youth Initiative and Beyond School Bells Initiative are teaming-up to partner with Central Plains Center for Services to offer current and prospective college students a PAID internship working in either a summer program for school-aged youth or at an early childhood center to learn more about these fields and to help you gain a meaningful work experience.
Beyond School Bells is dedicated to improving access to and quality of extended learning opportunities (ELOs) for low-income students. These ELOs have shown to increase student academic achievement and help high-performing students stay engaged and develop a deeper level of understanding. Beyond School Bell educators are the great equalizer in American education and are crucial in creating a system that better serves all Nebraskans.
The initial cohort of this opportunity will cover the areas of Scottsbluff, Grand Island, Kearney, and Lincoln from May 17 through July 30, 2021.
There are two tracks within this internship. You can work with school-aged children in a summer enrichment program or with younger children at a day-care center. In either track, you will get paid on-the-job experience and will use already developed curriculum to teach an 8-week *course* of a topic that interests you. Potential topics include theater, science, aviation, college preparation, kitchen chemistry, environmental education, sports and even more!
In addition to your work on site, you will connect with peer instructors bi-weekly to extend your work-learning experience and learn how to leverage this experience in the future.
- Paid professional experience
- Professional training provided by Collective for Youth
- Participation in a state-wide learning community where you will learn to leverage your experience for your future career
- Opportunity to impact change in your community
- Connection to like-minded peers
- Currently attending or planning to attend community college or university
- Interest in education, child development, child care, social work, criminal justice, or similar field
- Availability to work up to 20 hours per week
- Willingness to participate in bi-weekly learning community meetings
- In some sites, participants will be required to pass a finger-printed background check
- Successful candidates will have demonstrated professional behavior, responsibility, and strong communication skills
The application deadline is April 30, 2021.