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Bronx Program Manager


Unlocking Futures is committed to disrupting the persistent cycle of generational poverty in underprivileged and marginalized communities. With over three decades of experience, our mission revolves around empowering each individual youth to take ownership of their lives, choices, and future prospects.  We engage youth aged 12 to 24 with our "Curriculum of Possibilities," centered on fostering self-transformation, goal setting, and dismantling detrimental psychosocial conditioning to cultivate profound self-worth. Our evidence-based programs consistently yield tangible positive results, including enhanced academic achievement and heightened self-esteem. We emphasize nurturing self-awareness, self-efficacy, and alternative thinking to equip young individuals with the courage to break free from negative cognitive and behavioral patterns and self-imposed limitations.

In 2024, Unlocking Futures will roll out an enhanced program to meet an alarming need we recently observed first hand:  many Bronx college freshman who start out with ambitions to be first generation college graduates are on academic probation at the end of their first semester.  In fact, they were not mentally  ready for college.   Our Bronx College Bound program will coach students to become cognitively ready for college, matriculate at the college of their choice,  and avoid academic probation and consequential feelings of failure in their first and second semesters of college. 

Unlocking Futures is currently seeking a Half Time Program Manager who is passionate about improving the educational opportunities for youth.  The PM will help create a new transformative program in the Bronx, and then be the main point of communication with program participants and their parents/guardians in the new Bronx College Bound program.  Since this is a new position, there is room for the new PM to establish ownership of the program implementation and  create relationships with new partners, and share responsibility and pride for outcomes.  The ideal candidate has implemented and organized youth or education-related programs in the Bronx or other urban environments, and can demonstrate results.

Roles and Responsibilities for Program Manager

  • Actively participate in setting up Unlocking Futures programs in the Bronx
  • Secure high school partners
  • Secure meeting locations on local college campuses
  • Secure volunteer tutors from local private high schools
  • Collect and summarize monthly reports¬†
  • Recruit mentors¬†
  • Represent Unlocking Futures at relevant Bronx nonprofits and coalitions
  • Communicate with all program participants:¬† youth, parents, mentors
  • Manage the logistics for one Saturday workshop a month and one monthly ‚Äúcultural exposure‚ÄĚ trip for youth including¬†
  • Providing all materials that Coaches request
  • Pnsuring participation by youth¬†
  • Managing student stipend payment
  • Ensuring location is available and set up for workshops and A/V¬†
  • Ensuring volunteers and coaches are present
  • Assist Program Director in tracking student progress in college (beyond program end date)

Qualities in Candidate

  • Five years working for not for profit
  • Experience in community and organization outreach
  • Solution - focused¬†
  • Extremely organized in both planning and implementing program details
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish¬†
  • Reside in the Bronx or upper Manhattan
  • Experience working with high school students and families
  • Available to work on¬† two Saturday morning to early afternoon¬† a month¬†
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient with current software platforms and social media
  • Capability to compile program data

Apply with Cover Letter and Resume:  

Tiff Devi, Executive Assistant 

and

Betsy Tomic, Program Director

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