Career with STL Youth Jobs
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Careers with STL Youth Jobs

About:

STL Youth Jobs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, established to create opportunities for youth and growing the economic prosperity of our region. Since 2013, STL Youth Jobs has connected over 4,500 youth with summer paid work experiences, job readiness and financial literacy training, and career and mentoring services.

STL Youth Jobs connects youth, ages 16-24, with local employers for a summer job. STL Youth Jobs’ mission is to bridge the divide between our region’s youth and the growing skills gap in our workforce. Strategic partnerships provide youth services and programming from partner organizations including MERS Goodwill, St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP), St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE), Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and Mission: St. Louis.

The following positions are available with STL Youth Jobs:

2 Practicum Opportunities (for MSW graduate and BSW undergraduate students)

Two positions are available (foundation and concentration level). Roles and responsibilities are designed around a student’s areas of interest and the organization’s need. Hours are flexible and can be adjusted to fit the needs of the students. For the time being, all staff members and practicum students are working remotely with the possibility of occasionally working in-person. Opportunities for periodic external virtual meetings with contractors, employers, donors, events, and strategic partners will arise.

  1. Macro Practicum Position – MSW Concentration Level (Nonprofit Management)This practicum position is available year-round to MSW students interested in further developing skills in marketing, development, organization partner relationships, and/or evaluation. This practicum is an ideal opportunity for students interested in nonprofit management. The STL Youth Jobs staff is a small team of 5 individuals. Students have the opportunity to work in all departments with all staff members. Duties will be customized and can range from, but are not limited to: 

Marketing and Communications

  • Storytelling of the organization, partnership and youth experiences
  • Manage assigned responsibilities of the organization’s internal and external communications plan including assisting with the creation of press releases, social media strategy development, branding and marketing strategy, database management, etc.
  • Create marketing collateral and messaging to reach audiences of youth participants, donors, and employer partners
  • Develop talking points, handouts, and infographics

 Development

  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government grants
  • Assist the Director of Development with cultivation strategy for prospective donors
  • Prepare and submit letters of intent grant proposals (including all supporting materials, i.e. letters of support, budgets, etc., and grant reports, as directed by Director of Development
  • Support in managing donor relationships through preparing cultivation materials and follow-up
  • Assistance with organizing and managing the donor relations database
  • Assist in designing and creating the annual impact report
  • Assist with implementing a new individual giving program

Employer Relations

  • Assist Director of Employer Relations with employer recruitment, outreach, and communication
  • Research regional labor trends and sectors, as well as local companies with skilled high-demand job opportunities
  • Research educational and career pathways available to youth in St. Louis

 STL Youth Jobs Ambassador/Civic Engagement Group

  • Design and assist with the formation of an STL Youth Jobs Ambassador/Civic Engagement Group comprised of youth participants to serve as program ambassadors (to funders, press, partners, etc.) and perform peer-led leadership and civic engagement trainings/activities
  • Research partner organizations to implement the program, best practices of youth-led groups, determining size and participation criteria for members, outlining benefits to members (compensation, professional development, etc.), suggesting meeting times and formats, etc.

 Program Evaluation Planning

  • Customized evaluation project around assessment of job coach performance, revenue income, increased engagement from employer partners, or more
  • Conduct follow-up surveys and focus groups with past participants
  • Develop a set of recommendations for engagement with past participants, including incentives, resources and referrals, and case management
  • Will meet the evaluation requirement for required courses

 Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

Because this position is mostly remote, a supervisor will check-in with students twice a week and do consistent follow-up. This also requires that the practicum student work independently with strong skills in:

  • Organization
  • Task management: track tasks and progress, presenting weekly updates
  • Time management
  • Writing and grammar
  • Communication: must be good at following-up via email and phone
  • Being a self-starter and taking the lead on projects
  • Being A digger! Someone that does research and deep-dives when needed
  • Flexibility and being a team player

Desired Skills

  • Graphic design or familiarity with Canva (this is entry-level but willingness to be creative in designing social media and marketing materials)
  • Experience with Square Space and web design

To Apply

2. Micro Practicum Position: MSW or BSW Foundation Level (Program)

This practicum position is available beginning in the spring semester (January) for MSW or BSW students interested in working in direct practice with youth, community development and resourcing, program development, and more. Student’s duties can range from, but are not limited to:

Case Management/ Follow Up

  • Employment: assistance with resume building, interviewing skills, job searching, etc.
  • Education: assisting youth with getting to the next step on their educational journey
  • Facilitating group job training sessions with youth
  • Follow-up with clients to gather post-program data
  • Follow-up with clients to ensure the application is complete
  • Follow-up with clients regarding questions that may arise
  • Matching youth with appropriate employers
  • Social media outreach with alumni

Program Development

  • Working with the STL Youth Jobs Director of Partnerships & Impact to make evidenced-based improvements to the existing program model
  • Researching best practices of other youth programs and identifying ways to weave them into the current model
  • Create a packet of resources for the youth (job readiness tips, job search techniques, employment centers, etc.)
  • Opportunities to attend meetings with the leadership team to gain insights into the program
  • Assist partnering agencies as needed

Youth Recruitment

  • Connecting with various youth-serving organizations to inform the community about program updates, applications, etc.

Project of Interest

  • Use practicum experience as an opportunity to learn. Identify and carry out a project close to your heart that will benefit the STL Youth Jobs team.

Other duties as assigned

To Apply