Length of Internship:
3 months
Internship Industry:
Education & Higher Education
Social Services & Non-Profit
Required Qualifications:

Please wait at least 2 years after receiving support services at Walnut Avenue to apply as a volunteer 
Complete Walnut Avenue Volunteer Orientation
Complete Walnut Avenue's Kids Group Facilitator Training
Criminal background check/fingerprinting  and complete application process
Commit to volunteer for 3 consecutive months with Walnut Avenue once training is complete
Make a weekly 2-4 hour time commitment to care for children (depends on weekly shift selected)
Attend weekly 30 minute Kids Group team meetings for ongoing training and supervision
Completion of monthly time sheets and submit it along with other volunteer/internship paperwork when due
Strong communication skills, welcoming demeanor and the ability to maintain clear boundaries
Ability to represent the agency with integrity
Comfortable supporting participants in crisis
Access to internet to communicate via email
Passion for working with at-risk children
Over the age of 18
Bilingual helpful but not required

It is the policy of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center to provide equal employment, volunteer opportunities and services to participants (EEO) to all persons regardless of ancestry, age, color, national origin, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), gender, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran, request for FMLA or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Description

Kids Group Mission

The Kids Group mission is to provide a safe, supportive space for youth ages infancy to 11 years old while their parent/guardian receives services at Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue). Our goal is to encourage resiliency factors in at-risk children, many of whom have experienced domestic violence.

Volunteer Kids Group Facilitator Role & Responsibilities

This is a volunteer position. Under general supervision of the Kids Group Supervisor, Kids Group Facilitators will provide care to children ages infancy to 11 years old while their parent or guardian is receiving services at Walnut Avenue.

  • Provide a safe space and care for children infancy to 11 years old
  • Set up activities for Kids Group children including activities related to the “A Window Between Worlds” curriculum
  • Interact with the parent/guardian
  • Interact with children through communication, play or activities during group/care
  • Collect sign-in/out sheets and any other necessary paperwork from parent/guardian
  • Clean up space after group

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About Walnut Avenue Family & Women's Center

The Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) is a strength-based family center dedicated to addressing barriers to families thriving throughout Santa Cruz County. Our mission is to provide support and services so that women, children and families have the opportunities and the skills to thrive.

-Early Childhood Education

-Services for Children & Youth

-Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence

-Family Support Services