Internships

Tree Street Youth is currently seeking interns for the upcoming Summer 2015 and 2015-2016 Academic Year!  Please see the position descriptions below. For additional information or questions contact Brett Emmons at treestreetyouth@gmail.com or call 207-577-6386.

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3-Month Summer Experience (APPLICATIONS DUE: MARCH 15, 2015 by 5:00PM)

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Sunday, March 15 Summer Intern Applications Due (5PM)
Monday, March 16 Notify of Interviews
Thursday, March 19 Completed Doodle Poll Due (5PM)
Friday, March 20 Notify Applicants of Interview Time
March 23-27 Interview Dates
Tuesday, April 14 Final Decision Notifications

THE SUMMER PROGRAM:

Tree Street’s Summer Internship program provides 6 young adults with an intensive capacity-building experience in youth development. From mid-June to early August, interns live in the diverse Lewiston, Maine community, teach camp classes, and facilitate afternoon enrichment activities, build relationship with at risk youth and one another as they immerse themselves in the Tree Street and Lewiston community. As the summer program’s primary teachers, interns are an integral part of Tree Street’s services and development. They also benefit from the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, skills and abilities necessary for at-risk youth education and cross-cultural programming.

MAIN SERVICE COMPONENTS:

Morning Camp Classes

Every weekday morning, interns present opening program, assist with literacy class, and teach one of four camp classes (art, recreation, hodgepodge, TSY values) for the 80-plus Kindergarten to 5th graders attending.

 Afternoon Enrichment Activities

 When morning camp ends, interns teach classes for 6th – 12th grade students according to each intern’s talents and interests. Previous classes included art, reading, poetry, dance, karate, running group, boys group, girls group, and more.

A PATH OF SERVICE:

The goal of the intern program is based on two fundamental motivators: personal growth and meaningful contribution to the welfare of society. This twofold purpose is nurtured in Tree Street’s intern program. The fulfillment of these aims at Tree Street is best understood in terms of a path of service.

 A path of service at Tree Street implies more than just mere acts of charity and volunteerism. It is understood as the inclusion of talents and abilities to the elevation of community and society and as the infusion of day-to-day activities with a spirit of generous giving. The Tree Street intern has the responsibility of cultivating their unique capacities and channeling them towards the well-being of Tree Street and the Lewiston community which it serves.

A MODE OF LEARNING:

Those walking a path of service understand that they develop as much, if not more, than those they serve.   In assisting the development of others, Tree Street interns recognize the need to exercise their own physical, intellectual, and moral abilities to meet the tasks before them. Theirs is the challenge to not only teach but to engage with at-risk, culturally, religious and racially diverse youth (grades K-12), to understand acculturation processes amongst immigrant/refugee populations, to negotiate cross-cultural environments, to allay symptoms and causes of socioeconomic disparity, to support educational achievement, to foster constructive resilience, and to encourage hope and love.

It is unrealistic to expect Tree Street interns to be experts in these fields when they begin their internship. Instead, Tree Street expects that every intern adopt a mode of learning: a systematic engagement in the process of study, action, consultation, and reflection. In serving, interns will further discover their own strengths and abilities and will eagerly apply their newly refined skills and talents in the field of action. To nurture this process of learning, reflection gatherings are regularly incorporated.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

The summer program is intense. You will be more exhausted than you have ever been in your life, but will find the rewards are so much greater!

 8:00 – 8:15 am: Check-in/Recess

8:15 – 8:35 am: Breakfast

8:40 – 8:55 am: Opening Program

9:00 – 10:00 am: Literacy

10:00– 12:30 pm: Camp Classes

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Student Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm: Enrichment Classes

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Clean Up / Dismissal

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Staff Check-in

Evening: Reflection / Preparations for Next Day

 

WHERE: Tree Street Youth in Lewiston, Maine in the Downtown Lewiston, “Tree Street” Neighborhood. The main campus is located at 144 Howe St. in Lewiston, ME.

COMPENSATION: All Interns will be provided housing located within walking distance to Tree Street and a bi-weekly food stipend.

For questions please contact Brett Emmons by email at treestreetyouth@gmail.com

or by phone at (207) 577-6386

Click Here for Application! 

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9-Month Academic Year Experience (APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS)

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THE ACADEMIC YEAR PROGRAM:

Tree Street’s Internship program provides 4-6 young adults with an immersive capacity-building experience in youth and community development. From September to May, interns live in the diverse Lewiston, Maine community, work at Tree Street’s afterschool program in downtown, and engage in community development activities. As new energy and a steady force exerting a positive influence on the lives of youth, interns are an integral part of Tree Street’s services and development. They also benefit from the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, skills and abilities necessary for at-risk youth education and cross-cultural programming.

 MAIN SERVICE COMPONENTS:

 The Afterschool Program 

Every weekday afternoon, interns supervise various rooms designed to accommodate the academic, social, and physical needs of K-12 students in Lewiston.

Enrichment Activities

 When afterschool program ends, interns teach classes for students according to their talents and interests. Previous classes included art, reading, poetry, dance, karate, running group, boys group, girls group, and more.

Community Engagement 

During weekday mornings, interns participate in some form of community activity as part of their communal immersion experience. Some examples include assistant teaching at local public schools, substitute teaching, tutoring, facilitating for Restorative Justice circles, attending local college courses, and much more.

 A PATH OF SERVICE:

The goal of the intern program is based on two fundamental motivators: personal growth and meaningful contribution to the welfare of society. This twofold purpose is nurtured in Tree Street’s intern program. The fulfillment of these aims at Tree Street is best understood in terms of a path of service.

A path of service at Tree Street implies more than just mere acts of charity and volunteerism. It is understood as the inclusion of talents and abilities to the elevation of community and society and as the infusion of day-to-day activities with a spirit of generous giving. The Tree Street intern has the responsibility of cultivating their unique capacities and channeling them towards the well-being of Tree Street and the Lewiston community which it serves.

A MODE OF LEARNING:

Those walking a path of service understand that they develop as much, if not more, than those they serve. In assisting the development of others, Tree Street interns recognize the need to exercise their own physical, intellectual, and moral abilities to meet the tasks before them. Theirs is the challenge to engage with at-risk, culturally, religious and racially diverse youth (grades K-12), to understand acculturation processes amongst immigrant/refugee populations, to negotiate cross-cultural environments, to allay symptoms and causes of socioeconomic disparity, to support educational achievement, to foster constructive resilience, and to encourage hope and love.

It is unrealistic to expect Tree Street interns to be experts in these fields when they begin their internship. Instead, Tree Street expects that every intern adopt a mode of learning: a systematic engagement in the process of action, study, consultation, and reflection. In serving, interns will further discover their own strengths and abilities and will eagerly apply their newly refined skills and talents in the field of action. To nurture this process of learning, reflection gatherings are regularly incorporated.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE:

9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Community Engagement Activity

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm: Prepare for afterschool program

2:00 – 5:00 pm: Afterschool Program

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Enrichment Activity

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Reflection Gathering / Action Meeting / Facilitator Training

WHERE: Tree Street Youth in Lewiston, Maine in the Downtown Lewiston, “Tree Street” Neighborhood. The main campus is located at 144 Howe St. in Lewiston, ME.

COMPENSATION: All Interns will be provided housing located within walking distance to Tree Street and a bi-weekly food stipend.

For questions please contact Brett Emmons by email at treestreetyouth@gmail.com

or by phone at (207) 577-6386

Click Here for Application!