The Brighter Futures Initiatives: After School Program is a cooperative program between the Ashland County Health and Human Services Child and Family Unit, UW-Extension Youth Development, The City of Ashland’s Parks and Recreation Department, and School District of Ashland housed at the Bretting Community Center.

This program addresses a critical need in the community for youth to have positive alternatives for recreation and educational support. It is for students in grades six through twelve who are looking for opportunities in a safe and structured place during weekends and after school hours.

Our goal is to help young people discover and develop passions for healthy, prosocial activities thereby reducing the risk of them choosing unhealthy, risky behaviors and giving them tools and skills they can use to create a brighter future for themselves. Ashland County Health and Human Services’ Brighter Futures Initiative Grant funds the program.

The BFI ASP is looking for individuals who are interested to help develop and implement this program. The positions are paid through work study or can be done as an internship. Outcomes for students include:

  • Assist in the creation of a new program
  • Knowledge of effective methods of managing, caring and promoting positive behaviors with children
  • Increased knowledge of child development (specific to ages twelve to eighteen)
  • Ability to utilize positive strategies to support the social and emotional development of all the students
  • Increased communication skills

These are part-time, limited-term positions working ten to twelve hours per week. Work hours and days are Monday – Friday 4-7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 3-6 pm. Positions will start in February and are available for this school year, this summer, and/or next fall. Please indicate the time frame that you are applying for in your application materials.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Working knowledge of effective methods of managing, caring and promoting positive behaviors with children.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; ability to communicate with co-workers; community stakeholders; parents; children.
  • Knowledge of child development (specific to ages 12-18)
  • Physical requirements:
    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time while performing duties.
    • Ability to drive.
    • Light lifting.
    • Ability to work out in the field.
    • Requires physical demands such as seeing, hearing, and color perception to make judgments both in the office and out in the field.
    • Able to bend, kneel, crouch or crawl.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Provide students with activities that promote their physical and intellectual development
  • Assist in the coordination of creating, planning and maintaining of a safe and healthy learning environment for students during program hours
  • Utilize positive strategies to support the social and emotional development of all the students
  • Provide tutoring to youth participating in after school program
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as requested by the Brighter Futures Initiative Grant Coordinator
  • Implement activities as planned, leads, assists, and acts as a role-model participant in both active and sedentary indoor and outdoor lessons, games and activities; supervises students during activities
  • Ensure a friendly and supportive atmosphere is maintained by developing appropriate strategies to support children in managing their behavior.
  • Experience with and ability to leading children/youth activities (not mandatory but preferred)
  • Knowledge of youth/children programs (not mandatory but preferred)
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability.
  • Ability to use various sports equipment for programs.
  • Ability to work evening and/or weekend hours
  • Must be able to pass a criminal and caregiver background check
  • Ability to tutor students.

Preferred Majors/Minors
environmental education, elementary/secondary education, psychology, nature studies, social justice and/or outdoor education.

Organization Details

City of Ashland Parks and Recreation/ Ashland County Health and Human Services 400 4TH AVE W, Bretting Community Center Ashland, Wisconsin 54806

Number of Position Openings: 3

How to Apply

Fill out the an online application and email it along with a cover letter and resume to Sara Hudson, director of city parks and recreation and the Bretting Community Center.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and successful applicants will be offered positions as they apply. Please apply as early as possible for full consideration.

Application Deadline: May 24, 2019

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Sara Hudson