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The Care Center

Mission: 
Founded in 1986, The Care Center offers a comprehensive bilingual education program for low-income young families in the greater Holyoke area. Services include high school equivalency test preparation, 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.
Category: 
Youth Empowerment
Education
Internship description: 

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 high school equivalency exam. The intern will provide classroom and one-on-one support to two  high school equivalency 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.

Internship skills needed: 

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.

Languages required: 
Spanish would be ideal but is not necessary.
Location: 
Western Massachusetts
How to find us: 
The internship will take place at The Care Center’s main site at 247 Cabot Street in Holyoke, MA. It is within a block of a PVTA public transportation route.
Work hours: 
M-F 9-5
Dress code: 
Business Casual
Office building accessibility: 
Part of the building is accessible
How many people work at the organization: 
22 people
Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 
Yes
Internship dates: 
Flexible, must start by June 1, 2015 unless an exception is made by CLPP Assistant Director