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After School SUMMER Program, Far Rockaway Queens

Location: New York, NY

Department: After School

Type: Seasonal

Min. Experience: Student (High School)

Sheltering Arms NY is now hiring for our After School SUMMER Program in Far Rockaway, Queens!

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms Afterschool programs unlock student potential by providing a safe environment for them to develop away from the negative influences on their streets. Our unique combination of project-based learning, character development, and eye-opening opportunities puts at-risk children on the track to success. Learning comes to life with our hands on projects that enhance academic achievement. From book publishing to stock trading, students are putting their skills to work. Pre and Post exams ensure academic rigor in tutoring sessions and all Afterschool curricula. Our events and workshops provide gateways for parent involvement in children’s schooling, and a chance to bond with neighbors, teachers, and staff. Programming provides a safe space for children, as well as peace of mind to parents who work late to support their families. Our Afterschool clubs and trips also prepare youth to meet the future. A special emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs ensures students gain the technical skills and insights they need to lead as future urban planners, computer programmers, doctors, and more!

We are currently seeking Group Leaders and Activity Specialists for our Summer After School Programs in Jamaica, and Far Rockaway, Queens. Group Leaders and Activity Specialists will supervise elementary or middle school aged youth, facilitating hands-on and age appropriate activities and trips that support and promote the healthy development of youth within a safe and wholesome learning environment. Full time positions are available this summer, July 5th- August. 


  • Full Time and Part Time positions are available this summer, Monday-Friday
  • Programs operate July 5th and run through August
  • Activity Specialist- $15.00 per hour; Group Leader - $13.00 per hour

Group Leaders supervise groups of youth, providing homework help, facilitating activities, ensuring program safety and cleaning program areas. Responsibilities include: implementing program curriculum; ensuring the health, safety and well-being of students; maintaining accurate program documentation (incident reports, accident report, behavior logs, and attendance & sign-in/out sheets); planning and creating innovative age appropriate activities and developing lesson plans. Qualifications: A High School Diploma is required; prior after school or summer camp or other related experience.

Activity Specialists lead children in specialized group activities, and will therefore have special skill sets in the below listed areas. Other responsibilities include: facilitating core components specific group activities; preparing students for assigned shows/events; writing and submitting lesson plans and reports; developing and implementing project-based lesson plans and activities in areas of expertise that enrich academic learning; assisting in all activities such as snack time, field trips, special events and dismissal, etc.; maintaining accurate participant attendance, activity and sign-out records. Qualifications: High School Diploma is required; Associate’s degree strongly preferred; must have 2 years of direct experience working with children; training or certification in a specialty area, such as:

Individuals who are skilled in any of the following areas are a plus:

  • Yoga
  • Track and Field
  • Dance/Step/Hip Hop
  • Poetry/Art
  • Drama/Film
  • Sports/Gym
  • Music (instrumental)
  • Poetry and Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Chess
  • Stem & Robotics
  • Video Game Coding
  • Cook Shop
  • *We also welcome other skills that can be contributed to the program!

Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms.


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


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