New High School Program Launching September 2016: Seeking Bilingual MSW Program Director


The role of the Program Director is to build and manage a school-based program that helps students to transition into high school, succeed through the ninth and tenth grades, and flourish in their high school experience (COMPASS High). Overall, the Program Director – with strong support and in collaboration with the FYI team - is responsible for the integrity of COMPASS High program services, building strong, positive relationships with school, parents, and community service providers, complying with contract requirements, and creating a positive program culture that reflects the values, principles, and practices of community social work and FYI.  The Program Director provides group and individual advisory and will supervise graduate social work students in similar advisory roles. 


·          Master’s degree in Social Work

·          Three years of experience working with high school youth, including counseling or advisory

·          Two years of experience supervising staff

·          Experience working with teachers and parents (in a DOE setting, with knowledge of DOE practices and norms)

·          Demonstrated competence facilitating groups

·          Strong written and oral communication skills

·          Spanish fluency and demonstrated cultural competence (of the population described above)


In collaboration with school personnel, establish outreach, intake, and advisory system:

·         Engage and retain youth in COMPASS High

·         Develop and manage high quality advisory services employing both individual and group methodologies

·         Create system for tracking student goals and gains including credits needed to graduate

·         Facilitate and/or participate in team conferences to develop individualized plans for advancing student success

·         Establish group programming that engages youth in new activities (e.g., art show, improvisational group, service learning) ensuring sequenced, incremental learning, hands-on experiences, opportunities for reflection, and culminating events that synthesize learning

·         Ensure healthy group development through team building activities and strength-based group and individual practices

·         Supervise Social Work Interns; provide written evaluations based on observation and other data

·         Monitor program delivery and performance outcomes

·         Use data to assess program quality, student performance outcomes, and to improve services

·         Participate in FYI’s Senior Team Meetings to coordinate service delivery, resources, and all administrative supports

·         Ensure timely, relevant, and well-organized services

·         Ensure contract compliance

·         Sustain a rate of participation for enrolled participants that exceeds DYCD standards

·         Ensure timely submission of all related program paperwork 

·         Communicate the vision, values, goals and objectives of the COMPASS High Program to all stakeholders.

Contact:  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mary Sanchez at

Compensation:  Competitive salary with excellent benefits

Start Date:  September 1, 2016

Fresh Youth Initiatives, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.     Posted:  July 18, 2016


Homesickness and the Immigrant Child's Experience

During a recent conversation, FYI’s Welcome Program Director Sergio Bautista argued for the importance of social-emotional supports in afterschool. Sergio’s heart brought him to this work. He emigrated as an eleven year old from the Dominican Republic and he sees daily at the Welcome Program the pain, loss, homesickness, and confusion that he experienced as a child. Sergio suggested that not unlike bereavement, the emotions children experience as a result of immigration can interfere with their ability to focus, learn, acquire new skills, behave, and socialize.

Sergio explained that the tug for home can undermine children’s motivation to adapt to their new environment. Some children, he noted, believe that they will be able to return home if they fail school or fail to learn English. 

Sergio further noted that many children lack a vocabulary of emotions, in any language, to grapple with their experience. Lacking the ability to describe or communicate their feelings confounds children’s adjustment at every level. 

Finally, Sergio suggested that when children withdraw because they are self-conscious about their English fluency, it is a reflex that can transform into habit and, later, calcify into their basic character influencing years of under-achievement.

As an ‘out-of-school-time’ program, FYI is uniquely poised to help children manage these difficult life transitions outside of their regular school day. As one response to Sergio’s observations, FYI has placed a social worker at the Welcome Program to establish a personal connection with students, handle crises, and provide one-on-one support.

About the Welcome Program:  FYI’s Welcome Program is located at P.S. 128 in the heart of Washington Heights where almost all of the students are of Dominican or Central American origin and one-third are classified as English language learners (ELLs). Welcome provides 700 hours per child of free afterschool enrichment programs to 120 children in grades K through 5, five days per week, throughout the school year.  The Welcome Program’s summer day camp provides 120 children with seven weeks of free programs from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.  The curriculum is focused on literacy and language-learning with a special emphasis on children’s social-emotional needs.

FYI is Hiring

GROUP LEADERS.  Seeking youth workers for our elementary, middle school, and high school programs. Best candidates relate well to children and teens and can facilitate groups in an after school program. This is a part-time position with usual hours between 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., some evening and weekend work required, and paid time for training. FYI offers supervisory support, team conferencing, and professional development. Experience working with youth required, college degree and Spanish bilingual preferred. Starts immediately.

ACTIVITY SPECIALISTS.  Seeking group facilitators who can provide instruction in any of the following activities: art (collage, sculpture, murals, water color and other fine arts), arts and crafts (jewelry-making, beading, sewing), self-defense (judo, karate), story-telling, book-making, dance (step, modern, traditional). Experience working with youth required, college degree and Spanish bilingual preferred. Flexible weekday hours from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Starts immediately.

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS. Seeking counselors for elementary and middle school camps. Must have experience working with youth.  Camp experience preferred. Positions run July– August; hours are between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays with individual schedules determined. Mandatory June training (paid), with dates to be determined.

READING SPECIALIST. Seeking MA with expertise in reading instruction. This is a full-time position. Experience working with youth required. Opportunity to work with dynamic team to design large reading program in Washington Heights' youth agency. Will train staff and volunteers in reading instruction, conduct reading assessments, design learning strategy, and deliver individual and small group instruction. Competitive salary with excellent benefits.

SOCIAL WORKER.  MSW preferred with at least three years experience working with youth. Provide advisory/case management to elementary, middle school and/or high school youth.  Work closely with dynamic team to help children to succeed in school and in their personal lives.  Full-time position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. 

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Fresh Youth Initiatives is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Summer Camp 2016

FYI will be offering a no-fee summer day camp for children in grades K through 8 this summer, but as of now, we do not have details or applications available. Please check back here for more information in the next few weeks, or call our Summer Camp Director Jeremiah Roman toward the end of April at 212-781-1113 ext. 224. 

Ofreceremos un campamento gratuito este verano para niños en grados Kinder hasta 8º. En este momento, todavía no tenemos detalles ni aplicaciones, pero favor de seguir chequear aquí o llamar al director, Jeremías Roman al final de abril, teléfono 212-781-1113 ext. 224.