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Educational Alliance, Inc. Group Mentor, Elementary or Middle School in New York, New York

Job Title: Group Mentor, Elementary or Middle School

Division - Department: Division 70 – Community Schools Youth Development

Job Classification (FLSA): Non-Exempt

Date: October 2020

Supervisor: DYCD Program Director, Community School Director or Advantage Coordinator

Educational Alliance brings together and partners with diverse communities in Lower Manhattan, offering individuals and families high-quality, multi-generational programs and services that enhance their well-being and socioeconomic opportunities. We are a place where everyone is welcome and where progress is powered one relationship at a time. We provide high-quality, transformational services and programs to all New Yorkers through our network of community centers on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and East Village. As we have for 130 years, we offer best-in-class programming–now across 15 sites—focusing on a mix of education, health and wellness, arts and culture, and civic engagement.


Students attending Educational Alliance’s K-8 Community Schools represent the most vulnerable families in the Lower East Side catchment area. On average: 90% of our students live below the federal poverty threshold; 65% are Latinx; 30% are Black; 33% are Students with Disabilities; and 10% are learning English as a Second Language. Poverty and inequities in public education are the greatest threat to children’s well-being. Educational Alliance’s Community Schools and Youth Development (CSYD) department collaborates with local public schools to deliver comprehensive child and family services during the school day, afterschool, Saturdays, and summer months. For students, CSYD closes the experience gap by providing access to high-quality positive youth development programs that challenge and nourish the mind and body; reinforce social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills; and encourage a college bound and career readiness – to influence outcomes and provide hope. Through a culturally resonant student-centered approach, CSYD adds value to the local school communities for students, parents, and program staff. Group Mentors provide a direct connection to students and families through robust programming. They facilitate student-centered, social justice youth development activities that recognize the funds of knowledge students possess.


  • Lead experiences that drive student growth in creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking for students in Elementary Schools (K-5) or Middle Schools (6-8)

  • Collaborate closely with the local school communities, families, and Ed Alliance staff


  • You must be available to work between two to five days per week during the hours of 2:00-5:00pm


    Direct Services (90%)

  • Cultivate a healthy environment within and outside of the school

  • Collaborate and communicate regularly with teachers, social workers, youth development staff, family members, and colleagues to meet students’ needs

  • Customize components of the CSYD curricula to insure differentiated instruction and activities

    Coaching, Culture Building, Training and Professional Development (10%)

  • Participate in agency wide, department, and or school based blended learning

  • Attend local, state, and national conferences, both in person and virtually

  • Opportunity to contribute to and/or join the CSYD Leadership Team


    • Current undergraduate or graduate students in the field of social work, education, youth development or the Arts and Sciences preferred

    • A desire to build one-on-one relationships with youth and lead a variety of activities

    • Passionate about working with culturally diverse youth

    • Ability to effectively affirm and value diversity of ethnicity, language, religion, sexual identity and gender of our youth

    • A great sense of humor

    • Bilingual in any language, including Spanish, French or Mandarin is a PLUS

    • Ability to observe strict confidentiality standards

    • Must be punctual, honest, and reliable

    Salary – $18.00 - $20.00 based on previous experience

    EEO Info

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. Educational Alliance takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.