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Summer Youth Dialogue Facilitator Positions Available in Detroit

Posted: March 08, 2010

University of Michigan students are invited to become facilitators for the Summer Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit.

This program increases dialogue on race and ethnicity among high school age youth in metropolitan Detroit, the nation’s most segregated metropolitan area. Young people of African, Asian, European, Latino and Latina, and Middle Eastern descent participate in structured intergroup dialogues that focus on race and ethnicity. They participate in a metropolitan bus tour, campus retreat, metropolitan summit, and community action projects that increase dialogue, challenge discrimination, and create community change.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 12, 2010, to the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), 3000 Michigan Union or by email at rogerf@umich.edu

We seek facilitators with commitment to our objectives; willingness to learn, teach, and grow with others; and ability to work well with young people and community agencies in neighborhoods and suburbs. They do not need extensive experience, and will receive intensive training and ongoing support throughout the process.

The summer program will start with facilitator training and program orientation activities in May, continue with weekly youth dialogues every Saturday during June and July, and culminate with the campus retreat at the end of July.

Facilitators will participate in all program activities, including:
• Intensive facilitator training, including community visits;
• Weekly youth dialogues, generally on Saturdays;
• In-service weekly staff support meetings;
• Mentoring of high school age youth leaders;
• Community action project planning, implementation and evaluation;
• Campus residential retreat;
• Timely preparation and distribution of weekly project reports; and
• Other activities to be determined.

Please consider the following in assessing if this position is a good fit for you:• What do I understand about my own social identity development? How willing am I to engage in self-reflection and discussion with others?
• How comfortable am I with interpersonal conflict, and specifically cross cultural conflict? How willing am I to identify conflict areas and work toward common understanding?
• What are my perceptions of my own social identity group, and of groups that are different from my own? Am I prepared to discuss these?
• What are my present abilities in interpersonal interaction, group facilitation, program planning, and community participation? Am I willing to accept constructive guidance and feedback, and integrate feedback into my facilitation style?
• Am I comfortable working with high school age youth?
• Am I comfortable working with adults, including parents and community members?

The program is a partnership of the University of Michigan’s Youth and Community Program, National Center for Institutional Diversity, and Skillman Foundation, in conjunction with the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR).

Facilitators must be undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Michigan who have been enrolled in good academic standing during the fall and winter semesters.

Time Commitment
Facilitators will attend all training sessions and staff meetings, and participate in all scheduled program activities. Facilitators also might enroll in spring or summer classes or hold other employment, but are required to participate in all program activities as scheduled.

Each facilitator will receive a stipend of approximately $14 per hour for an average of 20 hours per week for about 12 weeks.

Application Process
Candidates will complete an application with information about educational and personal background, paid and volunteer work experience, and interests in the program. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday March 12, 2010, to the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), 3000 Michigan Union or by email at rogerf@umich.edu

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an individual interview focusing on personal, campus, and community interests and experiences, and program-related scenarios, as well as a group interview assessing each individual’s skills and styles of communication, collaboration, responsibility, maturity, and potential for working in a cohesive unit and diverse environment. Decisions will be made on or about March 31, 2010.

For more information, please contact Roger Fisher in the Program on
Intergroup Relations, 3000 Michigan Union, 734.936.1875 or rogerf@umich.edu


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