VOLUNTEER adviser, girls rise up

Category: Part-time
Reports to: Program Director
Location: New York City, NY
Effective: July 2019
Application Deadline: June 12, 2019

About the role

As a STEM or Dance Volunteer Assistant, you will support instructors and students during Girls Rise Up, STEM From Dance’s summer experience. While your main task is to assist with teaching STEM or dance skills, you also help build the confidence and thinking skills of our girls with the end goal of preparing them for a future in STEM. You will facilitate learning about computer science, how it integrates with dance, and how students can bring their very own ideas to life. You love working with young people, have an electric energy that students love, and have a passion for using STEM to empower others. You will become a trusted adviser and role model to our girls, with the belief that all girls have the ability to succeed in STEM.

About STEM From Dance

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but it means much more than that. STEM is the science of using data and information to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. It features some of our country’s most high-impact and innovative jobs, yet it is greatly lacking in diversity. STEM From Dance gives girls of color access to a STEM education by using dance to empower, educate, and encourage them as our next generation of engineers, scientists, and techies.

key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support student groups of 5-7 students in creating a dance-technology performance project. Technology used may include wearable technology, motion capture, animations and projections, and stage props.

  • Visit Girls Rise Up at least twice to advise the technical aspect of the projects (i.e. idea selection, materials to use, creation process, troubleshooting)

Skills & competencies

  • Passion for and demonstrated interest in the STEM From Dance mission

  • Technical expertise in one of the following or similar areas: computer programming (various languages), wearable technology, Arduino, motion capture, animations, construction

  • Ability to think big, generate ideas and implement solutions to complex problems

  • Ability to be consistent, timely, and meet deadlines with focus, initiative, and drive

  • Maintain positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations


Girls Rise Up is a three-week program from July 8 - 26, 9AM - 3PM. Advisers are required to visit the site at least twice during the three weeks (after the brainstorming activity and midway through the creation process), in addition to a training session for advisers during the two weeks prior to the program. Advisers are encouraged to see the culmination of the projects at the final performance on July 26.


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