Founded in 1986, The Care Center offers a comprehensive bilingual education program for low-income young families in the greater Holyoke area. Services include GED and ESL programs, parenting, health and life-skills workshops, athletics, career and transitional services, college preparation, on-site day care, case management, transportation, and youth development programs. The Care Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for young people to gain control of their lives and to acquire the information, resources and skills for life-long growth and wellness. The Care Center strives to instill in teens a sense of ownership over their education and future, as well as a sense of hope and possibility. The Care Center operates programs year-round for pregnant and parenting teen mothers, at-risk middle-school teens and, through its in-house college course—The Clemente Course in the Humanities, for older low-income women.
This 30-35 hour a week position will have two key focus areas:
- Provide academic and tutoring support to Puerto Rican teen mothers who have dropped out of school and are working to pass the GED exam. The intern will provide classroom and one-on-one support to four GED and Pre-GED teachers. Subject areas include math, science, writing, social studies, and reading.
- Help staff the various arts, humanities, and athletic activities that take place each afternoon for Care Center teen mother students. These can include yoga, rowing, basketball, swimming, painting, photography, theater, and other course offerings along these lines to be developed for the summer program.
There will be some administrative /organizational duties as well, including filing and grant preparation.
The intern should have good organizational, writing, and computer skills. A driver's license would be helpful. Additionally, the intern should be flexible, comfortable in a complex and fast moving organizational environment, have some experience with teens and be interested in educational, social change and women's issues. The intern should feel comfortable both taking direction and working independently. Some knowledge of the welfare system and the economic challenges that face low-income young women would be helpful.