The Bridge Partnership (BP) is committed to advancing the educational potential of youth with multiple risk factors for dropping out or failing academically. Each year, a new cohort of 100 7th graders from East and North Middle Schools in Brockton and Roosevelt Middle School in New Bedford are enrolled in the program. Students participate in summer residential experiences on BSU’s campus prior to 8th, 9th, and 10th grade. For the five years from 8th-12th grade, they also receive individualized educational case management in their home schools and participate in college and career workshops throughout the academic year.
The initial summer experience that BP students have as rising 8th graders will take place from July 7 – July 19, 2019. The main goal of this summer experience is to provide them with a positive, engaging learning experience. A secondary goal is to provide them with useful life skills which are conducive to success inside and outside of school.
The Bridge Partnership seeks facilitators to conceive, plan and implement a series of 8 fifty minute workshops which are topically or thematically related and which contribute to the goals stated above. Workshops will take place July 8, 9, 10, 11 and July 15, 16, 17, 18 in classrooms on the BSU campus. Facilitators will offer five sections of each workshop on each day to groups of 15-20 students each (9:00-9:50, 10:00-10:50, 11:00-11:50, 1:15-2:05 and 2:15-3:05)
Possible workshop topics include, but are not limited to:1.Youth & the criminal justice system (rights, risks, restorative approach)2. Positive psychology and mental skills3. Technology (use of common applications, social media appropriateness)4. Relationship skills (communication, conflict resolution, being a good friend)5. Creativity (art, poetry, music, dance)
Applicants should feel free to envision a workshop series outside of these topical areas, but all workshops must be highly interactive and include lots of hands-on activities. Proposals for workshop series that include the creation of a final deliverable (poster, project, creation), which will be showcased at graduation, are preferred.
Facilitators will be paid for 80 hours of work (40 hours of instructional time and 40 hours of prep time, including one mandatory training).
Five facilitators/workshop series will be selected.
In additional to a resume, all applicants should attach: 1. A statement explaining how the workshop series will be valuable to BP youth 2. An outline of the 8 workshops in the series 3. An agenda for one sample workshop 4. A list of needed materials (we know this may change, but we will need an idea of a budget for each class).
You will be given 1-2 BSU undergraduate students to serve as Teaching Assistants (TA)
Additionally, you may elect to work with a co-facilitator of your choosing
1. Conceive and plan a series of 8 engaging, hands-on workshops on a particular topic or theme which are appropriate and relevant for rising 8th graders in BP’s target demographics.
2. Facilitate/deliver five sections of each workshop on each program day
3. Prepare TA’s to assist in workshops and coach them on their roles
4. Identify whether you would like a co-facilitator and if so, please provide us with their name
5. Attend a mandatory training
1. Belief in and dedication to the strengths and potential of each BP student
2. Asset-based approach to working with underserved youth
3. Experience with and ability to build positive relationships with middle school aged youth who experience a variety of academic, behavioral and community challenges
4. Experience with classroom management of middle school aged youth who experience a variety of academic, behavioral and community challenges
5. Understanding of and appreciation for diversity in all its forms
6. Excellent teamwork skills
1. Ability to motivate and inspire youth people
2. Ability to plan and execute hands on activities
3. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, or Cape Verdean Creole
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.
Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:
*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.
Internal Number: 9556
About Bridgewater State University
Since its founding in 1840, Bridgewater has remained steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals and instill in its community an abiding desire to advance the public good. Our rigorous and dynamic academic environment encourages students and faculty to develop their strengths and become leaders in their fields. At the same time, we strive to lead by example. As the university continues to build momentum, we continuously reinvest in the success of our students and our region.