The Program Enrichment Aide is responsible for assisting the Site Coordinator in the planning, implementation, and facilitation of enrichment curriculum and program activities of the EAP. The EA guides the academic and social development of children ensuring a safe, enriching, and healthy learning environment. EAP EAs use a variety of resources, provided by the Site Coordinator to introduce skills in Arts, Music, Physical Activity, Character Development, STEM, and Nutrition Education.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Enrichment Aide must have the competencies, skills, and proven leadership ability to successfully carry out the YMCA mission, goals, and visions for serving the community. The Enrichment Aide will be responsible for the following:
- Plans and facilitates purposeful and engaging activities that complement the program’s thematic agenda and meets program quality and fidelity.
- Follows program curriculum in a developmentally appropriate manner, meeting the individual physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of the participants.
- Provides careful, attentive supervision; alert at all times.
- Serves as a positive role model, demonstrates professional behavior and understand positive youth development approaches to the academic and social development of youth.
- Facilitates a program environment that invites exploration, promotes positive play, and welcomes children.
- Ensures the safety and engagement of all children.
- Proactively manages classroom behavior.
- Sets up for and cleans up after all classroom activities.
- Care for school property (e.g., space, equipment, supplies) daily.
- Collaborates with EA Teacher to ensure enrichment activities are aligned with literacy instruction.
- Promotes a team concept through a positive approach to supervision, communication, and interactions with others.
- Maintains on-going communication with supervisor.
- Attends and assists with parent/family events as designated by supervisor.
- Upholds and exemplifies the YMCA’s Core Values and principles of Character Development.
- Helps to maintain paperwork and payments.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
- Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
- High School Diploma or equivalent.
- A minimum of two years’ experience working with children.
- Must have strong leadership and diplomacy skills.
- Exceptional group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Experience in creating, planning, and facilitating interactive and educational/artistic activities, youth development, physical activities, academic enrichment, and the arts.
- Must possess speaking, listening and writing, skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults.
- Must be capable of implementing the daily program related responsibilities of the program.
- Must have flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of YMCA mission, purpose and goals, childcare policies and YMCA standards; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence.