Part Time

Peer Support Specialist for Sisters in Strength – Lansing at The Firecracker Foundation

Fields: youth, gender, racial justice, women’s rights, mental health

Location: Lansing, Michigan

About the Organization: Sisters in Strength – Lansing (SISL) is a youth organizing program for 15 teens of color, entering 10th or 11th grade in the tri-county area of Mid-Michigan (Ingham, Clinton, Eaton Counties). Programming is shaped both by the unique needs and interests of the SISL youth organizers, and by The Firecracker Foundation’s vision, mission, and goals. SISL does community organizing around gender-based violence and confronts the multiple layers of individual and institutional discrimination that threaten the safety of girls and women. Sisters in Strength – Lansing is an expansion of The Firecracker Foundation’s current Teen Club programming utilizing an adapted version of the Sisters in Strength (SIS) curriculum developed by Girls for Gender Equality, based in Brooklyn, New York, and the national Me Too Movement. This program is possible through funding provided by the New York Women’s Foundation and Girls Innovate Fund and is one of two pilot #MeTooTeen programs in the country.

About the Position: Your focus will be spending 10 hours a week guiding teen girls of color through a curriculum focused on healing and organizing. Facilitated by Firecracker Peer Support Staff and volunteers, the SISL groups will meet biweekly for a total of four hours for 20 weeks. The focus will be to give youth context for examining cycles of violence and trauma, as well as tools for exploring identity, autonomy, and healing from a youth-centered perspective. The program will encourage teens to assume leadership roles within their larger communities through understanding and disrupting the culture of silence, avoidance, and shame around topics pertaining to sexual violence within our intimate, personal, shared and community spaces. Concepts including intergenerational restorative justice and healing justice will be introduced and practiced by the group.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Services OR commensurate experience in the social service field
  • Experience working with trauma survivors, children, and/or historically marginalized or underserved communities
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including children, teens, parents/guardians, educational professionals, medical providers, and other individuals in clients’ lives

Estimated Salary: $15/hour, 10 hours/week

Deadline: Until filled

Apply Here:
The Firecracker Foundation

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