Activity Specialist - Family Engagement (Chinatown YMCA)

The Activity Specialist will provide academic enhancement and enrichment in the Two Bridges Cornerstone evening/weekend program.
Job Description

Salary: $17.00 - $20.00 Hourly

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all. 

The Chinatown YMCA is seeking an Activity Specialist - Family Engagement. Under the supervision of the Site Director, the Activity Specialist will play a critical role in providing academic enhancement and enrichment in the Two Bridges Cornerstone evening/weekend program. The Activity Specialist will be responsible for providing a safe and positive environment for youth, teens, and young adults, and provide opportunities for learning, interaction, and academic/personal growth. Specifically, the Activity Specialist will prepare and provide age-appropriate instruction for middle school, high school, and young adults ages 18-21.

The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid time off, free YMCA membership and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (i.e., full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.

  • High School diploma or equivalent required. College credits and formal education in education, physical education, or social work preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with youth, teens and/or young adults ages 18-21.
  • Knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Access, Adobe PageMaker and Photoshop preferred.
Essential Functions
  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of participants in the program by providing appropriate supervision at all times.  
  • Plan and implement meaningful activities and special events that are age-appropriate, exciting, challenging, and values-based.
  • Teach participants personal and workforce development, including activities that build their level of skill and confidence.
  • Coordinate and present a culminating performance at the end of the program cycle, if applicable.
  • Work cooperatively with program coordinators, professional staff, and other program staff.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
  • Create and maintain a strength-based, atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to the needs of participants with learning, emotional, or behavioral differences.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign-in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, and accident reports, as appropriate).
  • Serve as a positive role model for participants.
  • Work with the Program Director to secure and maintain all equipment or supplies needed for evening/weekend activities.
  • Understand and communicate the YMCA’s core values and the goals of the Two Bridges Cornerstone Program to participants and caregivers.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about their child’s strengths and areas of growth.
  • Prepare the learning environment, lessons, and necessary supplies.
  • Participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.
  • Adhere to all Department of Health, YMCA of Greater New York, and funder standards, expectations, and regulations.