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Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement Youth Worker in Long Island City, New York

Riis Settlement is seeking an experienced individual who will assist in the successful operation of the Riis Academy Afterschool program. Youth Workers are responsible for providing a safe and positive environment for school age children where learning and interaction with staff and peers will enhance their academic and personal growth, as well as, provide overall leadership and supervision to the group. Under the guidance of the Group Leader, the Youth Worker will carry out all aforementioned duties and actively collaborate on ideas to form a cohesive partnership in the classroom.

Seasonal position: continuation of position is contingent on funding availability and/or job performance. Benefits not included.


  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities.

  • Maintain accurate program documentation (incident/accident/behavior reports, attendance & sign-in/sign-out sheets).

  • Assist children with homework and guide students in their academic growth.

  • Participate with the children in all enrichment activities such as sports, art, and dance, dramatic.

  • Create and conduct innovative age appropriate activities and develop lesson plans for activities that include STEM, Literacy, Healthy Living, Art, Global Studies, Prevention and Leadership.

  • Communicate with families, on a weekly basis, about their children's strengths and areas needing attention.

  • Prepare the learning environment, by creating a welcoming space that exhibits student work.

  • Work as part of a collaborative team; provide support to other Specialists and Group Leaders in implementing activities.

  • Understand and communicate the Jacob Riis philosophy and the goals of the Riis Academy Afterschool program to the participants and parents.

  • Adhere to all Department of Health and New York State OCFS policies and standards.

  • Communicate effectively with peers, participants, supervisors and school administration.

  • Actively participate in all training sessions, designated meetings and special events.


  • Current College student or Graduate with course work in child development or related field in which working with children is the focus

  • One year of experience working with youth and planning activities; one year of experience working with elementary school population

  • All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Riis Settlement, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness to work within a culturally diverse environment

  • Candidate must successfully complete the following: National Sex Offender Registry; NYSDOH Fingerprinting Screening; New York State Clearance Review Background Check; 3 Reference Checks; Physical with updated TB Test (Fees may apply)