UrbanPromise Charlotte develops leaders to restore community

UrbanPromise Charlotte develops leaders to restore community

Instead of running its typical after school programs this fall, UrbanPromise Charlotte is offering a full-day “UrbanPromise Academy.”

At UrbanPromise Academy, students will receive support in completing their virtual learning school work, eat healthy breakfast and lunch, participate in social-emotional learning activities with StreetLeaders and UrbanPromise staff and engage in physical education.

“UrbanPromise reaches about 275 low-income K-eighth grade students through year-round, connected after-school and summer programs,” said Jimmy McQuilkin, executive director of UrbanPromise Charlotte.

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UrbanPromise provides children and youth with the spiritual, academic and social development necessary to become Christian leaders determined to restore their communities. Its vision is threefold: reach a child, raise a leader and restore the community.

“Since the moment the world turned upside down in March, our intention at UrbanPromise Charlotte has been to hold tightly to who we are, while maintaining an attitude of flexibility about what we do and how we do it,” McQuilkin said.

The UrbanPromise out-of-school-time programs are led by about 100 high school leaders from the same communities where they are employed as mentors and counselors for their younger peers.

“With another unusual semester on the horizon for our students, we’ve been offered an opportunity once again to care for our students and families in a new way — but with the same spirit that’s always been at the heart of our work,” he said.

UrbanPromise Charlotte is seeking classroom facilitators for UrbanPromise Academy which begins September 8.

Classroom facilitators will be responsible for supervising and supporting a small group of 6-9 UrbanPromise students as they complete their virtual learning school work at all three of its site locations.

Additionally, facilitators will provide essential social-emotional support to students by creating an environment of care and belonging inside the classroom.

UrbanPromise Charlotte was established in 2013 with the purpose of providing Charlotte’s low-income children and youth with spiritual, academic and social development.

THE NEED — CLASSROOM FACILITATORS:

  • UrbanPromise is hiring about 35 Classroom Facilitators to work alongside its full-time staff to lead UrbanPromise Academy this fall. They have hired 20 Classroom Facilitators but are still searching for 15 qualified candidates to join its team this fall.
  • ROLE: Classroom Facilitators will be responsible for supervising and supporting a small group of 6-9 UrbanPromise students as they complete their virtual learning schoolwork. Additionally, Classroom Facilitators will provide essential social-emotional support to students by creating an environment of care and belonging inside your classroom.
  • DAYS/TIMES: Mondays-Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • COMMITMENT: They are seeking candidates who can commit to at least two days per week, but will have a strong preference for candidates who can commit to all four days each week.
  • START DATES: UrbanPromise Academy will launch on Tuesday, September 8th. There will be required training for Classroom Facilitators during the week of August 31st.
  • LOCATIONS: South Boulevard Site: 6210 Old Pineville Road; Freedom Drive Site: 2225 Freedom Drive; Idlewild Road Site: 6701 Idlewild Road
  • PAY: $12-15 per hour. This is a part-time position that will not be eligible for benefits.
  • EXPERIENCE: High school degree required; bachelor’s degree preferred. Preference to certified teachers or educators with classroom experience. Great opportunity for retired teachers. College education majors are encouraged to apply!

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