The Program Assistant will support Hilltop Artists’ Instructors by helping with the social and emotional learning of our students. Our Instructors teach technical skill building in glass arts, our Program Assistant will take an active role in building social skills in our students during our programs. The Program Assistant will talk and listen to our students, be a caring adult, and help with managing the tone and culture of the classroom.
Hilltop Artists was co-founded in 1994 by internationally known glass artist Dale Chilhuly and a group of local educators and arts professionals. We are located in two Tacoma public schools (Jason Lee Middle School and Silas (formerly Wilson) High School), at our two, fully operational, glass hot shops.
We serve youth farthest from educational justice: lower-income and BIPOC youth, youth who identify as LGBTQIA+, foster and court-involved youth, students with disabilities, and youth with academic, social, or behavioral challenges. We are dedicated to young people who struggle with traditional classroom environments and students with poor attendance/failing grades. We see youth who confront poverty, abuse, homelessness, food insecurity, drugs, and gang recruitment on a daily basis.
Working with hot glass engages students not reached by other interventions and programs. We support them to increase their social and academic competency, beginning in middle school, with options to continue through high school to age 26. This long-term engagement, along with adult mentors they trust, supports the development of skills such as critical thinking, tenacity, communication, innovation, and teamwork. We use a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework whereby young people acquire, and then apply, the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to understand and manage emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships, and set and achieve positive goals. 100% of Hilltop Artists youth, who are of an age to do so, graduate from high school, with 77% going on to college.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
50% discount in Hilltop Artists’ gallery
Free Hilltop Artists T-Shirt
Opportunity to make a bead and a paperweight under the guidance of an Alumni Team member or Hilltop Artists Instructor
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
- High School Diploma or equivalent upon start of service term, OR agree to obtain diploma or equivalent prior to using Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
- US Citizen or permanent resident
- Commitment to building skills and knowledge related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to travel to service site(s) as well as other training or activity locations across Pierce County
- Represent the diversity of clients being served through personal characteristics and/or lived experience
- Previous experience working with youth or young adults
- Previous teaching experience
- Excellent communication skills
- Experience or a keen interest in the arts, particularly glass arts
- Familiarity with the Pierce County community
- Skills and/or knowledge related to youth development, trauma-informed care, or diversity, equity and inclusion
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check