Los Angeles, CA
Who Are We?
Young Storytellers sparks creative self-discovery through storytelling. Our programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them. Young Storytellers works towards a future where young people experience the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live.
Young Storytellers works with students in elementary, middle, and high school. In elementary school, students write scripts that are completely their own; in middle school, students write stories about challenges that they face; and in high school, students explore how various communities are portrayed in the media and craft stories that they feel represent their self-identified communities. Students in each program work with volunteer mentors, and every student gets to see their work performed by professional actors. Young Storytellers programs are designed around Common Core standards, integrate Social and Emotional Learning activities, and include components of Learning for Justice’s Social Justice Standards.
What Is This Position?
The Program Support Intern works closely with Programs Team members to support elementary, middle, and high school programs across Young Storytellers sites in Los Angeles. The Program Support Intern supports the collection and input of student, teacher, volunteer, and family paperwork. The Program Support Intern also helps to communicate essential information to school liaisons as well as students and their families or guardians, ensuring that they have everything that they need to be active and engaged participants in our program. The Program Support Intern’s work allows Young Storytellers to reach hundreds of students each semester, and for those students to express their unique voices in a brave space. All YS Interns are encouraged to explore and integrate the YS values of belonging, connection, exploration, play, antiracism, and equity into their projects and daily tasks.
Cool, But Let’s Get Specific. What’s Involved in This Internship?
- Tracks and inputs student, school, volunteer, and family paperwork and surveys;
- Works with the YS Programs Team to support program logistics, including student writing sessions and Big Show performances;
- Supports and organizes tracking systems in tandem with evolving program priorities;
- Supports communications and building community with students, families, and schools, as helpful and in tandem with the Programs Team members;
- Assists with identification of and outreach to new communities for YS programming, in line with YS equity goals;
- Supports the implementation of YS’s DEIB and antiracism practices in all parts of program operations, school community, and volunteer work.
What Are The Skills & Experiences Needed For This Internship?
- Written and verbal fluency in both English and Spanish strongly preferred;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills;
- Adaptable in the face of changing program logistics;
- Experience working with schools, students, and/or educational programs preferred;
- Good time management skills;
- The ability to handle sensitive personal information with integrity;
- Knowledge of or interest in the nonprofit and/or education sector is preferred;
- Curiosity and a willingness to learn and grow.
What Skills Will I Build as The Program Support Intern?
- Organization and communication skills, both written and verbal;
- Facilitation and public speaking skills;
- An understanding of how art education programs are implemented;
- An understanding of nonprofit culture;
- How to integrate equity and antiracism into a social services organization;
- Confidence in working independently and as a team member.
What Is The Schedule & Compensation for This Internship?
Young Storytellers interns are paid $15/hour and commit to working 15 hours a week for 12-16 weeks (3-4 months). While hours are flexible, availability of 3-4 days a week during school and work hours is preferred. The Young Storytellers team operates on a hybrid work schedule with some days remote and some days in-office in DTLA, and interns are asked to be in the office with staff at least one day a week. Young Storytellers internships are available for class credit. Anticipated start date is February 2022.
Ok, I’m In. How Do I Apply?
To apply, please visit https://bit.ly/ysspring2022internships to fill out an application and upload the following in PDF form:
- Resume / CV;
- A brief statement or cover letter that includes why you are interested in working with Young Storytellers and specifically as the Program Support Intern.
Anything Else I Should Know?
Young Storytellers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Belonging is a core value of the Young Storytellers culture, and our daily practices around equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-bias, antidiscrimination, and antiracism are central to that value. Young Storytellers firmly believes that Black Lives Matter. We encourage women and gender diverse people, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans, immigrants, and anyone with a disability to apply for this and all our positions. Young Storytellers has designed our interview, onboarding, and ongoing cultural practices to be a welcoming space for everyone. You can read more about our worldview on our website.
For any questions or accommodations while applying due to a disability, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 323.962.4500.