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Beacons Youth Counselor at HIA - (PT) 

About the Organization YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is to be the most trusted and effective change agent in the journey to eliminate racism and sexism in our community.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 130+ year history of advocacy for women and children. More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis, through award-winning programs, classes, and workshops.

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:
• Race and gender equity
• Economic independence for women
• Respect for diverse cultures
• Children and youth who thrive
• A community that is vibrant and healthy

Category Community Relations  



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This year-round, part-time position provides direct service to participants in the Beacons Learning Center at HIA (Hmong International Academy). Beacons provides academic and enrichment opportunities to youth grades K-5 during the summer and afterschool during the school year. 

The Youth Counselor position provides direct service to participants with a focus on inspiring youth to make positive decisions for themselves and their futures. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 2pm-5pm  | 8-15 hrs/week *flexible based on individual need



Implement comprehensive programming

  • Recruit and maintain program participants by providing program presentations to schools and youth serving agencies
  • Plan, prepare, and facilitate/co-facilitate age appropriate and culturally sensitive educational activities utilizing and/or creating Girls and Youth curriculum
  • Create and maintain a safe learning environment that is student-centered, mission-focused, and accessible to a diverse student body
  • Support communication with participants and families, and organize and support retention efforts to maintain participants


  • Collect registration forms, participant demographic information, and track program attendance
  • Deliver and obtain program evaluation information from participants for program quality assurance and reporting purposes
  • Maintain the online data management system with a commitment to accuracy and regularity

Seek continuous professional development

  • Attend and participate in departmental and program team meetings
  • Participate in educational activities and trainings to improve achievement of program goals
  • Keep up-to-date on current youth and program-related trends


This position reports to the Beacons Program Coordinator, who reports to the Girls and Youth Director. The incumbent will interact with Girls and Youth staff, Minneapolis Public Schools contacts and Community Organization contacts. Critical relationships will include program participants and families.   

Position Requirements



  • Minimum of two years college or equivalent, and one year of experience working with youth from low-income and inner city families
  • One year of experience planning and facilitating effective, structured groups
  • Strong oral, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to facilitate and teach comprehensive groups 
  • Ability to carry out duties independently, as well as in a team setting
  • Ability to work with a variety of cultures, backgrounds and perspectives
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Possess current CPR and First Aid certification, or successfully obtain within 90 days of hire
  • Strong belief in YWCA and ability to convey its importance


  • Bilingual skills in Spanish, Somali, or Hmong
  • Experience in youth programming related to adolescent development
  • Experience with data entry in online data management systems



  • The ability to occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to travel to various YWCA Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, and community sites


COMPENSATION: The pay range for this position is $15.50-$17.00 per hour (depending on qualifications)


PERK: FREE YWCA Minneapolis Health & Wellness Membership to all three of our sites plus $4 monthly rate for each household members. 


Note: YWCA Minneapolis is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)



This job description represents the major functions but not intended to be all-inclusive.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background/reference check.  A criminal conviction does not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

YWCA Minneapolis requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing as a condition of employment.



EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) STATEMENT: YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Salary $15.50-$17.00 per hour  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Hmong International Academy  
EOE Statement YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  
HoursPerWk None Specified 

This position is currently accepting applications.

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