VOLUNTEER assistant, 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 advisor 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:

  • Assist instructors in teaching dance or STEM lessons.

  • Support a cohort of 15-20 girls and cultivate a collaborative, engaging, and empowering community and learning environment.

  • Facilitate the creation of student-led projects.

  • Support general program operations and logistics.

  • Participate in in-person training prior to start of Girls Rise Up. Prepare to be fully versed in the STEM From Dance curriculum and culture.

Skills & competencies

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

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including being self-directed and entrepreneurial

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills; exceptional communication skills

  • Ability to build meaningful relationships with girls of diverse backgrounds

  • 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


  • Educational background in or work experience with dance or computer programming (any language) required.

  • Experience teaching in an academically diverse and culturally responsive classroom community preferred.

  • Experience being the “other” in a majority setting preferred.


Girls Rise Up is a three-week program from July 8 - 26, 9AM - 3PM. Volunteers are required to make a consistent commitment during the three weeks, in addition to two in-person training sessions during the two weeks prior to the program and the final performance on July 26.


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