At DreamYard, art is action. Our programs combine Standards-based arts instruction with social justice pedagogy principles to inspire students to develop character, scholarship and artistic voice to create change. Our core values of Empower, Create and Connect describe our commitment to teaching for equity, justice and hope. We strive to support students’ academic and artistic needs while working toward becoming an anti-racist society.
Bronx-based and Spanish-speaking applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. DreamYard Project employs without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other attribute not related to superior performance; we welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of individuals.
As positions become available, they will be posted below. If you would like to join our team as a Teaching Artist, please send a resume and cover letter providing more information on your academic, artistic and professional experience to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of your email, please include your arts discipline (Eg. Subject: Theater Teaching Artist Resume and Cover Letter). DreamYard accepts teaching artist applications on a rolling basis, though typically reviews submissions in June of each year. Qualified applicants will be asked to complete an application for the position and interview with the Program Directors.
The IT Support Specialist will enhance and maintain DreamYard’s technology infrastructure in addition to providing excellent support to staff and other end users on all tech-related requests. This role will split time between our two DreamYard locations (Art Center,1085 Washington Ave, Bronx, NY 10456, and BX Start, 337 East 162nd St, Bronx, NY 10451- a five-minute walk from the Art Center), and will have the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects concurrently with steady progress towards timely completion. The person in this role has experience in the IT support or help-desk space. We are looking for passionate and experienced individuals with a strong interest in social justice and youth development. This role has a unique opportunity to support the administrative and teaching artist staff as well as students of DreamYard with their technology needs.
The Empire State After School Program (ESAP) Group Leader will report to the ESAP Site Coordinator and work closely with ESAP staff (including group leaders, school teachers and other staff) to support the after school program at PS 32 serves approximately 110 students. This is a part time, seasonal position of 15 hours per week (which includes some Saturday programs). Program runs Monday through Friday from 1:45 – 5:15pm. Training dates (September 16, October 10th , October 14) Program runs from October 23 through May 31st. Group Leaders will average 46 hours per month during that time. This program is funded through The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), in consultation with the New York State Education Department, and is planned to be a 5-year initiative.
The SONYC Group Leader will report to the SONYC Program Director and work closely with SONYC staff (including group leaders, school teachers and other staff) to support the SONYC after school program at a middle school in the Bronx serving 120 students. Primary responsibilities include working with a set group of 15 students to support them during various activities, including leading multiple hour-long sessions in a sequential curriculum that engage students, submitting written lesson plans, supporting program goals around attendance and engagement, and fostering a positive, productive environment for program participants. It is important that Group Leaders be able to act as a positive role model and mentor to the young people they work with, and to develop a positive, supportive culture and an effective way of dealing with challenges with students that may arise. The program site is at MS 390 (1930 Andrews Avenue South, Bronx, NY 10453).
he NYC Success Mentor Corps is a research-based, data-driven mentoring model that seeks to improve attendance, behavior, and educational outcomes for at-risk students in low-income communities citywide. Success Mentors are trained to serve as advisors, motivators, connectors, confidence-builders, and early warning systems for chronically absent students at risk of getting off track – both in school and in life. As part of the Mayor’s multi-agency campaign to improve school attendance and educational outcomes, Success Mentors are uniquely positioned to make an impact: they come into schools at a leadership level, have direct communication with key players in schools and community-based organizations, have unprecedented access to critical student data, are able to take advantage of interagency resources and expertise, and are part of a centralized, innovative infrastructure that supports their work in real time. Mentors are typically matched with 10-15 target students, who they see in school at least three times a week. Mentor responsibilities are determined by what research shows are the most effective practices for engaging at-risk students and their families. These include personally greeting students in the morning to make them feel welcomed and noticed, calling home every day a child is absent, and connecting students and families with a wide range of services to help them overcome barriers to success.
PRIMARY FUNCTION: At PS 51, the Success Mentors will work with chronically absent youth to address the barriers keeping them from going to school every day and to help them reach their educational outcomes. Success Mentors will help to identify the causes of poor attendance, which may include family struggles or poor health, and work with PS 51 staff to seek solutions. Success Mentors will also work directly with groups of youth, lead activities, classroom push-ins, home visits, and organize events in connection with recess, and lead some after-school programming.
DreamYard is currently accepting applications for Teaching Artists in Visual Art, Design, Music, Music production, Theater, Poetry, Dance, Entrepreneurship, Career Readiness, and more for the 2023-24 school year. We are looking for passionate, experienced candidates with a strong practice in teaching for social justice and racial equity for in school,after school, and summer residency opportunities at our Bronx partner schools and the DreamYard Art Center. TAs must have demonstrated previous experience teaching in their discipline, in NYC public school settings or youth-centered spaces.
DreamYard Project is commited to being an anti-racist organization. We lead with race because we operate in a country founded on the genocide of Indigenous people, the enslavement of African people, and the oppression of countless others. We acknowledge the role this history plays in perpetuating inequity and dominant white culture.