The Youth in Development program is in the beginning stage of the implementation of a new Logic Project Framework (2020-2026). As part of the first group of Volunteers, your task is to work towards the project goal: Guatemalan youth effectively transition to become healthy, productive, civically engaged adults. In order to reach this goal, you will work directly with community partners through the following main areas:
1. Strengthening the knowledge and skills of youth to improve their well-being and health through life skills education
2. Strengthening youth capacity for community engagement
3. Increasing the skills of youth service providers and key community actors to implement positive youth development methodologies in the community
Youth in Development Program Coordinators work with youth between the ages of 11 to 18 and their communities to implement Positive Youth Development activities to prepare them to effectively transition into become healthy, productive, and civically engaged adults. The Volunteers’ primary role is to serve as a Program Coordinator and lead youth development efforts in and outside the classroom. The Volunteer serves as a trainer, as a teacher and as a mentor to design and implement health and life skills training directly to Guatemalan youth. Topics include: life skills development, sexual and reproductive health, substance abuse prevention, service learning, leadership, community engagement and organizational development. Common Volunteer activities in the school setting include: Life skills classes, youth clubs, rallies, school fairs, school assemblies, fine arts and work with student council. Common Volunteer activities outside of the school setting include: participation in local community meetings, sports, church groups, women’s groups, environmental clubs, and work with NGOs.
A large part of the role is working directly with youth and adults in both traditional and non-traditional learning environments, and being sensitive and flexible to cultural norms. Volunteers will also coordinate with adults in the community who are working in youth development. This is done by identifying key community actors and developing/strengthening a network for youth support.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check