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Youth Development Facilitator

Actively Recruiting

Openings

22 currently recruiting

Service Dates

August 17, 2020 - October 28, 2022

Application Window

August 1, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Location

  • Dominican Republic

Contact Information

Christopher Cardona
ccardona@peacecorps.gov

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Description

With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the region, almost half of the population under the age of 25, and youth unemployment rates around 30%, youth development is a critical need in the Dominican Republic. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic contributes to national priorities by guiding youth to transition into healthy, productive, civically engaged citizens and building the capacity of host country service providers, groups, and communities to prioritize positive youth development. The Youth Development project works in collaboration with local counterparts to reach youth 10 – 24 year olds and adults by co-facilitating life skills, employability skills, and sexual and reproductive health education. Volunteers and their counterparts encourage regular participation in clubs and mentor youth. Volunteers work in secondary schools (U.S. equivalent of 7th – 12th grades), with the Vice Presidency’s Social Cabinet’s Community Technological Centers (CTCs), Municipal Councils, and with the Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Women. Peace Corps Volunteers contribute regular, consistent support for youth in impoverished communities in the poorest provinces, working together with service providers and young people as a trusted friend and mentor. This daily contact and mentoring is Peace Corps’ niche; Volunteers provide much needed regular guidance and presence that teachers and community members are unable to provide. Peace Corps Volunteers enhance existing school or community-based programs by building up local capacity to support youth development activities. In some cases, Volunteers support and coach counterparts to develop new programs that help empower young people and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. These programs build skills, harness positive energy, encourage ambitions and healthy decision making, and urge youth to further their education, all providing sound bases for young peoples’ transition into healthy, productive, civically engaged adults, capable of intentional life planning.

With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the region, almost half of the population under the age of 25, and youth unemployment rates around 30%, youth development is a critical need in the Dominican Republic. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic contributes to national priorities by guiding youth to transition into healthy, productive, civically engaged citizens and building the capacity of host country service providers, groups, and communities to prioritize positive youth development. The Youth Development project works in collaboration with local counterparts to reach youth 10 – 24 year olds and adults by co-facilitating life skills, employability skills, and sexual and reproductive health education. Volunteers and their counterparts encourage regular participation in clubs and mentor youth. Volunteers work in secondary schools (U.S. equivalent of 7th – 12th grades), with the Vice Presidency’s Social Cabinet’s Community Technological Centers (CTCs), Municipal Councils, and with the Provincial Offices of the Ministry of Women. Peace Corps Volunteers contribute regular, consistent support for youth in impoverished communities in the poorest provinces, working together with service providers and young people as a trusted friend and mentor. This daily contact and mentoring is Peace Corps’ niche; Volunteers provide much needed regular guidance and presence that teachers and community members are unable to provide. Peace Corps Volunteers enhance existing school or community-based programs by building up local capacity to support youth development activities. In some cases, Volunteers support and coach counterparts to develop new programs that help empower young people and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential. These programs build skills, harness positive energy, encourage ambitions and healthy decision making, and urge youth to further their education, all providing sound bases for young peoples’ transition into healthy, productive, civically engaged adults, capable of intentional life planning. Read More

Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English, Spanish

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Christopher Cardona
ccardona@peacecorps.gov

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