Position Opening: Support Staff for YouthPower
Leadership Institute for Black Boys & Young Men (Fall 2018 Session)

Position: Support Staff for YouthPower: Fall 2018 Session for Black Boys & Young Men
Position Status: Part-time, Temporary
Duration: Approximately 6-8 weeks, with potential for permanent and/or full-time employment
Hours: estimated 12 hours per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 - 6:30 + some daytime, evening, and weekend hours)
Reports to: Interim Director of Programs
Compensation: $25/hr
Close date: Open until filled


The Support Staff for YouthPower is responsible for youth supervision, logistics, restorative practices, and creating the conditions for individual and collective youth well-being. This position is temporary, to support the YouthPower Leadership Institute Fall 2018 Session for Black Boys and Young Men.

YouthPower is a youth-led organizing and advocacy hub. Eligible participants for the Fall 2018 Session are Black boys and young men ages 13-19 who are current or previous participants in St. Paul Youth Services' Behavior Intervention or Diversion. Eligible, interested youth complete an application and interview process. The application is focused on leadership, goals, skills, hopes, and dreams. Youth participants earn stipends for their full participation.

Youth will engage in a semi-structured curriculum of Healing & Identity, Exploration & Innovation, and Policy Change. They will participate in site visits and community forums, identify and develop individual strengths and goals, learn practices for self- and community care, participate in cooperative leadership strategies, engage in critical analysis and creative thinking, prioritize issues, imagine solutions, and communicate their priorities to policymakers and hold them accountable. 

YouthPower believes in creating a community that wraps its arms around our youth, and the Support Staff will be part of a dynamic team including the Executive Director, Interims Program Manager, Lead Staff, and other members who provide strategic and staffing support. The Support Staff assists the Lead Staff and youth co-facilitators in delivering on the curriculum, working under the Lead Staff’s direction, but is primarily responsible for taking initiative to achieve the following:


The Support Staff constructively reinforces expectations and provides high support (aligned with the Code of Conduct) to create the conditions for youth success. These include responsibility for Attendance, Food, Transportation, Timesheets, Assessments, Dress Code, Safety and Support, Restorative Practices, plus documenting and addressing concerns regarding individual youth and communication with youth and their families – per the Code of Conduct.

The Support Staff is responsible for:

  • Creating conditions for youth success.

  • Promoting a strong, safe, supportive community and reinforcing youth skills and practices through High Expectations with High Support to create it.

  • Ensuring youth consistently adhere to the Code of Conduct without discussion, negotiation, or reminders. Following Code of Conduct reporting and established restorative practices protocol.

  • Supporting the Lead Staff in implementing the daily activity schedule and overall curriculum.

  • Managing transportation, attendance, timesheets/assessments, tshirts, registration forms, and partnering with youth to ensure the YouthPower hub and common areas are clean and well-maintained.

  • Managing snack and clean up times, for constructive team-building, creating healthy rituals, and efficiency.

  • Contributing to individualized youth plans by communicating with the Lead Staff any observations, strengths, interests, concerns, or insights, restorative practices identified through interactions with youth and/or their families.

  • Recruiting youth volunteers for rotating positions that offer growth and responsibility and providing support as needed to ensure high expectations can be met, ensuring those responsibilities are completed.

  • Monitoring individual youth well-being and group dynamics and intervening constructively and immediately when negative individual or interpersonal behaviors occur, documenting concerns and sharing them with the other team members as appropriate.

  • Adhering to all protocol for youth safety and privacy.

  • Serving as a trusted mentor and resource to youth in the program.

  • Serving as the liaison to families regarding youth participation in the program.

  • Serving as the individual, youth engage to learn of and complete any catch up work: e.g., completing a timesheet/assessment, independently completing an activity to be able to contribute to the group project, etc.


Ability to:

  • communicate high expectations and hold youth accountable in ways that allow them to learn and grow

  • build community, create rituals and set clear expectations – including maintaining a shared space, following a code of conduct, and participating,

  • form and sustain positive 1-on-1 relationships with youth, foster teamwork among youth, and maintain healthy professional boundaries

  • follow through on commitments and communicate any changes to plans in a timely way

  • positively and efficiently move youth from one activity to the next

  • engage a diverse range of personalities and learning styles

  • positively engage and regularly communicate with families of participants

  • build trusting relationships with youth and actively listen for individual and interpersonal challenges youth are experiencing and identifying strategies to address constructively

  • document and share information about the program and youth and individual and group well-being with supervisor and colleagues

  • engage youth in program planning and leadership development roles

  • follow data collection and program analyst expectations

  • Excellent judgement, constructive problem-solving skills, and ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Excellent organizational skills, time management skills, and attention to detail

  • Self-motivated and ability to work effectively as a member of a team

  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and growth mindset

  • Asset-based, inter-sectional view of youth and commitment to centering youth voice

  • Ability to hold youth accountable in a constructive and compassionate way

  • Passion for St. Paul Youth Services’ mission and values

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, equity, and cultural responsiveness

  • High level of personal and professional integrity

  • Consistent attendance


  • Completion of St. Paul Youth Services’ YouthCentric training

  • Demonstration of ALL of St. Paul Youth Services’ values

  • 4 years of experience working directly with Black girls and young women in a classroom or community setting

  • Demonstrated expertise in areas such as youth development, mentoring, human relations, wellness, restorative justice, the arts, education, and/or recreation

  • Familiarity with public systems including education, health, housing, juvenile justice, employment, economic development, and how these systems intersect

  • Understanding of trauma-informed care, culturally-responsive healing, racism and other systems of power and oppression – relating specifically to Black girls and young women

  • High School Diploma or Equivalency

  • BA degree, or some college in a relevant field, is preferred but not required

  • CPR or First Aid training and certification is preferred

  • Must have current driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance

  • Must successfully complete the pre-employment process for the position, including a job-relevant criminal background check

  • Must have the flexibility to travel overnight


Direct resumes and cover letters, including descriptions of relevant past projects, to humanservices@spys.org with "Support Staff Application" in the subject line. Applications only - no calls or inquiries please.

The selection process will include a portfolio review in which final candidates will be asked to submit some original work such as a curriculum, project case study, video documentation or other evidence of their program design and execution skills.

St. Paul Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates representing communities of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.