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Social Entrepreneurship Initiative Internship with Refugee Youth Project
Spring Summer

2/19/2013
Date inactive: 3/1/2013

Since 1999, the Refugee Youth Project has provided quality after-school programming to newly arrived refugee children. RYP seeks to improve the lives of Baltimore's youngest refugees by supporting their academic needs, and making their acculturation simple and meaningful. RYP is run by BaltimoreCityCommunity College in conjunction with local refugee resettlement agencies, mainly the International Rescue Committee. RYP is funded by the Maryland Office for New Americans. RYP serves over 300 refugees between the ages of 4 and 21.

RYP Interns and Tutors are an essential part of our programming. Interns provide much needed academic support to refugee youth through tutoring, homework help, and ESL language learning and math activities. Interns also serve as positive role models to refugee youth and help them acclimate to their new lives in the United States.

RYP is looking for an intern to assist the organsization in establishing a business model for its new Social Entrepreurship Initiave. RYP utilizes arts integration when working with newly arrived refugees to help them address the social challenges of living in a new country. The SEI program will focus on providing an integrated curricula of arts skill-building within the framework of marketing, budgeting, promoting, and selling produced goods. The arts and crafts made by youth will be sold at local Art/Community markets, as well as online, with the goal of generating funding to provide you with stipends. The SEI intern would work in collaboration with RYP staff to develop the framework and structure of this program.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Development business plan for selling items
  • Create database for tracking inventory and sales
  • Assist with planning budgets and financial planning
  • Assist in development of an introductory curriculum to teach ESL learners basics of running a small business
  • Co-facilitate curricula one day a week (if interested)

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Business background, one year experience beyond Bachelor's degree preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with non-profits (ideal but nor required)
  • Experience with developing and managing budgets
  • Desire to empower youth through teaching introductory business skills
  • Good communication skills (writing and speaking)
  • Comfort working in a team environment
  • Has own transportation and can work independently
  • Interested in working with diverse populations

To learn more about Refugee Youth Project, visit our website: www.refugeeyouthproject.org

How To Apply: Send cover letter and resume (including 3 references) to rypvolunteerspecialist@gmail.com. Position open until filled.