[Summer 2021] Youth Worker- Elementary- East Harlem

East Harlem /
Community Based Programs – RealKids Summer /
Part-Time and Seasonal
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

DREAM (formerly Harlem RBI), an award winning sports-based youth development program, is seeking dynamic individuals to serve as Summer Youth Workers in our elementary (REAL Kids) program in East Harlem and the South Bronx.

The Summer Youth Worker will lead a group of 18-20 elementary-aged students daily in activities including sports, social-emotional learning, enrichment, and academic support programming. 

Summer Youth Workers will have the opportunity to participate in professional development training, in addition to receiving regular feedback and support. This is an excellent opportunity to build your youth development skills while working with a passionate and supportive team. 


    • Lead a group of up to 18-20 youth in daily activities including sports, social-emotional learning, enrichment, academic support, and off-site enrichment field trips;
    • Facilitate or co-facilitate lessons to help youth build their social and emotional skills;
    • Collaborate with team to plan & facilitate various enrichment activities;
    • Support Reading Teacher, helping to implement daily reading activities in an innovative literacy program intended to improve reading skills and enthusiasm for reading;Coach and organize baseball/softball teams for teams of elementary school-aged participants;
    • Model and encourage positive participation in all daily activities, with a focus on team building; 
    • Model professionalism through consistent attendance, timeliness and preparation; 

    • Supervise and manage youth behavior at all times using positive youth development strategies; 
    • Participate in professional development and daily staff meetings in addition to formal feedback and coaching;Implement all health and safety protocols as required.


    • High school diploma or equivalent required;
    • Experience working successfully with groups of school-age children in a classroom or other youth development setting, strongly preferred;
    • Experience with behavior management, including positive youth development, preferred;
    • Exhibits high energy, warmth, enthusiasm and patience in working with youth;
    • Ability to quickly problem-solve in the moment; 
    • Ability to work collaboratively within a team setting; 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with families; 
    • Comfort with technology and ability to use common platforms, including Zoom and Google Suite (Gmail and Gchat); 
    • Eagerness to grow professionally, including openness to receiving and implementing feedback;
    • Flexibility: willing and able to shift tasks and priorities as needed;
    • Belief in the mission and outcomes of DREAM, including the importance of social emotional competency and advocacy for self and others;
    • Ability to work during the program hours;
    • Must be able to work in person at the program site.


    • June 21, 2021 to August 13, 2021
    • Hours: Monday–Thursdays from 8:00am-5:00pm, Fridays from 8:00am-3:00pm. 


    • East Harlem sites:
    • PS 146 - 421 East 106th Street
    • DREAM Charter School (East Harlem) - 1991 Second Avenue


    • Compensation starts at $16/hour.

At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission. 

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality. 
Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.