Sacred Heart Center
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Tell us about your Organization/Mission:
The Sacred Heart Center is a non-profit community center that strives to be a hub for Richmond's Latino community. It opens opportunities for economic and social integration and community leadership. In addition to English as a Second Language classes, we offer GED classes in Spanish, literacy classes in Spanish, and life skills (health, financial, legal), and leadership training. Our programs are open to everyone, but programs are designed to meet the particular needs of the Latino community. We offer a free half-day summer day camp for children in the Hispanic community. Past activities include James River adventures, swimming classes, STEAM activities, art, soccer and field trips. We are seeking an energetic and committed volunteer (native Spanish speaker preferred) who will serve on the coordination team for our summer camp.
Responsibilities, projects, and primary duties for internship:
Under the direction of the Camp Supervisor and the Youth Programs Coordinator, Cielito Lindo Summer Camp Coordinators (generally a team of 3) will be the on-site coordinators of our 5-week summer day camp for under-served Latino children aged 5-12 years old. Coordinator duties include, but are not limited to, pre- and post-camp administrative duties, program planning, organizing and overseeing daily camp operations, logistics, and activities, managing high school students who serve as program staff, ensuring all rules and procedures are followed, and general on-site coordination during the five weeks of the program. The coordinator will help to plan, promote, and schedule activities, will supervise high school student staff, and will also work directly with children, parents, and volunteers.
What top three personal qualities do you most value and seek in an intern?:
Creativity, leadership, grace under pressure.
Did you have a remote match last summer?:
Can your agency offer a remote internship this summer?:
In-person available this summer?:
Primary Group of Served:
How will your agency orient & train the intern? :
The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator will conduct an orientation to the Center. The Youth Programs Coordinator and Camp Supervisor will do a cultural orientation and orientation to the program. Intern must complete a one-day three-hour on-site VIRTUS training Child abuse prevention training. This may be completed prior to arrival at internship or during the first two-weeks of the internship.
How often will supervisor likely meet with intern? :
Will the intern be unsupervised with vulnerable populations (e.g. children, incapacitated adults)?:
Please list a few recommended readings for the intern to prepare for this opportunity. :
Please describe the physical work space and work schedule:
The volunteer would work a 35 to 40 hour week, Monday through Friday. Camp days are Monday through Thursday with Friday as a planning/debrief day. Dress code will be casual as appropriate for working with children. The volunteer will have a shared work space at the Sacred Heart Center with telephone and desk.
Is the organization accessible by public transportation?:
Yes, but it is not convenient
Does the internship require that the intern travel to various locations:
Will the intern be expected to accompany clients to appointments or other locations:
Does this internship utilize or require a second language?:
If yes, what Languages?:
Spanish - it is absolutely necessary that the intern have a solid grasp of the language and a willingness to talk A LOT in Spanish,
Can this specific internship position be offered to more than one SHECP intern?:
Is your organization offering additional kinds of internship opportunities to other SHECP interns?:
Interns are selected by member schools through a competitive application process and are interviewed by SHECP Staff before being matched with your organization. What, if any, additional steps do you request prior to confirming the students as an intern at your organization? (In-person interviews are not feasible for an eight-week internship.):
Additional written application (provide links and instructions)
Links and Instructions:
Does this internship require a background check or fingerprinting?:
Yes, background check
Will your agency coordinate these security measures? :
Year agency first partnered with SHECP:
Sacred Heart Center
1400 Perry St.
Organization Mailing Address (if different):
1400 Perry Street
‘Youth programs would like a an intern if they are interested in an in-person experience. We will likely run a very small, strict-protocol camp again this summer and therefore would want an in-person volunteer. I don’t have the exact dates yet for camp. If volunteers want a virtual experience, we may need to think about opportunities outside of summer camp/youth programs.’ February 12, 2021
Cielito Lindo camp runs mid-June to mid-July. Normally, the intern has a week or two for preparation before camp starts and a few days after camp concludes.
No car is required for this internship.
Must complete background check prior to arrival.