2010-2011 Prospective YAP Member Information
The Youth Action Project, Inc (YAP) is offering several work experience opportunities for local college students interested in the field of education. Individuals awarded these highly competitive slots will receive professional development training, hands-on work experience inside high school classrooms, and professional networking opportunities. This opportunity is ideal for students wanting to gain experience in an educational setting and enhance their résumés.
YAP is a community-based, youth-driven, organization that provides educational enhancement, youth development, and community & economic development services in the San Bernardino area. Each year, YAP enrolls local college students who commit to ten months of service as a YAP Member. As a YAP Member, you will perform services that address local community needs, while making a difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.
Please thoroughly read all information and instructions to gain a full understanding of the commitment, demands, and rewards associated with participation in this program.
Academic Support & Youth Development – Facilitate school-based programming, at San Bernardino high schools, to instruct students on California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and college/workforce preparation. In addition to academic instruction, members will teach youth development/life skills topics.
Community Outreach – Members will participate in parent involvement outreach, which includes attending events and activities for students and their families as well as coordinating/facilitating workshops to inform parents on topics related to their child’s education. Members may also participate in program presentations in the community, volunteer recruitment, and other community-benefit events.
(NOTE: Applicants should have afternoon availability for after-school programming. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.)
Who Should Apply?
- Individuals with experience or interest in education, community outreach, human services, or other closely related fields
- Individuals with ability to work with youth and exude professionalism
- Individuals with the time availability to commit to 350 hours of service over the program year (approximately 10 hours per week for 10 months)
Community Outreach – Program presentations within the community, local college campus outreach to recruit members, locating community-based organizations and projects requiring assistance, planning & facilitating quarterly community-benefit events and National Days of Service, recruiting and managing volunteers for specific events, and maintaining volunteer training materials.
Community Needs Assessments – Conducting surveys, performing social research tasks, imputing and analyzing statistical data and generating reports.
Who Should Apply?
- Individuals with experience or interest in community outreach; especially those with interest in social work, social research, event planning, project management, grant writing, fundraising, public administration, marketing, and other related fields
- Individuals with strong time-management and communication skills (verbal and written)
- Individuals with the time availability to commit to between 675-900 hours of service over the program year
- Additional specialized skills – YAP will seek to fill office-based slots with those candidates possessing not only strong leadership, time-management, and community outreach skills; but with those who also have experience in one or more of the following areas: graphic/web design, marketing/public relations, and social research/program evaluation. Candidates with these skills and wishing to fill one of these slots should indicate their interest and their experience on their application form.
The Youth Action Project has strict eligibility requirements. All applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
- At least 18 years of age
- Have a high school diploma
- Have completed at least one year at a two or four-year college or university
- Be able to provide verification of the legal right to work in the United States
- Be able to pass background (FBI, Department of Justice fingerprinting and National Sex Offender Registry) check
- Submit negative TB test results
**Candidates who cannot provide the required eligibility verifications will forfeit their slot should they be offered a position.**
- Hands-on work experience ideal for career exploration or résumé building. Great opportunity for students seeking careers in: education, social work, or other human service fields.
- Professional development, mentoring, and networking. Member development includes training and advising by professional community members.
- Ongoing incentives and scholarship after successful completion of service hours.
Terms of Commitment:
- Once a member accepts a slot they must commit to the entire program year and fulfill the 350 hour requirement. The program year is scheduled to run from October 2010 to July 2011.
- Members must remain actively engaged with their primary service activity (either tutoring/mentoring or community outreach) and participate in all other YAP mandated community events and trainings.
YAP is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with its applicants, members, and staff members, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
Disability accommodations policy
YAP is committed to providing equal access and opportunities to candidates with legally recognizable disabilities, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the application process, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws. We will make our best effort to provide reasonable accommodations for our differently-abled candidates at every stage of the application process. Disclosing a disability or requesting a need for accommodations is a separate and distinct process from admissions and will have absolutely no bearing on a candidate’s application status.
In order to ensure a fair admissions process for all, YAP requires all applicants to treat each phase of the application process as confidential and refrain from disclosing or sharing information or materials provided.
Although YAP reviews all criminal findings on a case-by-case basis, YAP reserves the right to deny admission to or dismiss any applicant who has been involved in a criminal proceeding other than a minor traffic violation, regardless of the outcome. This includes criminal matters that were handled by a juvenile court and final determinations that are under seal or otherwise expunged from the public record.
Falsification or misrepresentation
Falsification or misrepresentation of any sort on the application or supporting materials is grounds for non-admission or dismissal.
YAP may require additional information from applicants at any point in the selection process in order to make our admission determination.
It is YAP’s policy not to provide individual feedback about admissions decisions to applicants who are not accepted at any stage of the application process.