Camp Counselor/Program Leader

Yleana Leadership Academy - Hamilton, NY 13346

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The Yleana Leadership Academy is seeking a Program Leader for its residential summer academy. We take pride in serving rising high school seniors from underserved urban areas as part of our mission to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative summer SAT experience on a college campus. We are part college experience, part summer camp, part intense SAT training, and part leadership academy.

Our students are all low-income, and the majority are first generation students of color. All of our students attend on full scholarship and describe Yleana as one of the most transformative experiences they have had - they return to their schools with a renewed dedication to their education, and the real sense that they can succeed in whatever they choose to do in life.

Yleana at its best is made up of people who are constantly generating new and better ways to do things, drawing on what they have seen, read, and experienced, who replace “I can't do that” with “Let's make it happen." We prefer instructors who can improvise, who are creative, who approach problems in unexpected ways, and who generally understand how to communicate the test to diverse groups of students.

Working at Yleana is a wonderful experience. In 2017, our average score improvement in a 3-week period was 160-180 points on the SAT, and we want your help to make that number even higher.

What you'll be doing:

- Plan first day activities, icebreakers, camp-wide games
- Manage the Counselors-in-Training (CITs), set their daily schedule, and ensure that they are motivated and on track
- Plan additional programs such as Karaoke, a talent show, and fashion show
- Create and run long Sunday programs/games (4ish hours)
- Create and lead meaningful campfire rituals
- Adapt planned activities to manage camp morale/spirit as challenges arise
- Supervise/plan the creation of camp decorations according to set theme
- Develop SAT-related games with the help of teachers and counselors
- Train teachers/other staff to run all games
- Ensure that there is an appropriate space for each program, and update the calendar appropriately
- Celebrate the achievements of our students by planning a banquet to close out camp
- Other responsibilities as needed

This position is vital to the cohesion of the campers and staff. You will be in charge of all the fun events that make Yleana a true summer camp. If you are passionate about nonprofit management, youth programming and development, camp management, or event planning/management more generally, this may be your dream job.

Camp runs from Saturday 6/16/18 to Monday 8/13/18; Program Leader interns have to be available for that whole window of time.
$1,400 - $4,500 for the summer, including room and board

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