Guys After-School Mentorship & Education (GAME!) Program - Stipend Offered!

Sponsor Organization

University of Arizona Zuckerman Family Center for Prevention and Health Promotion

Location

Marana, AZ

Description

Sponsor Organization

University of Arizona Zuckerman Family Center for Prevention and Health Promotion

Location

Marana, AZ

Description

Conceptualized in 2017 from a partnership between UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) and Estes Elementary School, GAME! (Guys After-School Mentorship & Education) was created to address the transitional needs of early-adolescent boys as they approach middle school. Following an existing gender-based program (Growing Girls)GAME! is an after-school psychosocial intervention where 5th and 6th grade boys learn about growing up male. Program topics include self-esteem, media messages, body image, communication skills, bullying, adolescent development & puberty, self-care, cooperation & teamwork, self-care, goals, and healthy boyhood. In addition to education, GAME! incorporates physical activity during each lesson to facilitate group bonding and mentorship with adult Group Leaders.

GAME! takes place during the school year, with approximately 20 sessions covering the above topics including an annual field trip to the University of Arizona. GAME! occasionally merges with its partner program, Growing Girls, for co-educational sessions where similar topics are discussed.

We are seeking at least TWO male Group Leaders to facilitate the program for the 2022-2023 school year. We request that interns provide 2 semesters of leadership for continuity.

Group Leaders will be asked to facilitate provided GAME! curriculum over the course of the 2022-2023 school year (September 2022 – May 2023). Weekly lessons will take place on Monday afternoons at Estes Elementary and Wednesday afternoons at Quail Run Elementary, thus students should have availability on either day. Group Leaders may be accompanied by a father volunteer to co-facilitate lessons and provide additional mentorship for students. Immediately following each lesson, Group Leaders will meet with the Program Director to debrief and prepare for the following lesson.

Prior to on-site work, Group Leaders will be trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach and classroom facilitation techniques. As Group Leaders will be working directly with minors, they will receive training in mandated reporting and will undergo a UArizona background check process, to be compensated by UA. (Fingerprints not reimbursed.) Additional background check process will be required at Marana Unified School District, to be determined. Group Leaders will receive an orientation at the school, including meeting staff and safety training.

Students must take initiative when preparing for and leading lessons. We expect students to be creative, adaptable, and patient as these programs evolve from year to year. Most importantly, students must enjoy working with adolescents and be comfortable with weekly leadership and speaking opportunities, especially about abstract or sensitive topics! 

Location

Estes Elementary & Quail Run Elementary in Marana, AZ

Internship Available

  • Fall
  • Spring

Deadlines

Preferably apply at least 2 months before the start date of the internship.

Internship Description

The experience will provide students with an opportunity to form community relationships and develop skills in program planning/implementation and health education. Carpooling (or travel reimbursement) will be provided. A small stipend ($30/hour) will be provided for on-site work at schools. Carpooling (or travel reimbursement) will be provided.

Purpose of the internship

The purpose of this internship is to provide the intern with valuable experience planning and implementing a program for youth. 

How to apply

Please email your resume (including at least 2 references) to Lindsay Bingham at lbingham@email.arizona.edu(link sends e-mail) to apply.

Interview Process

Internship applicants will be interviewed by Program Director to determine appropriate fit for the program. Once a 30-minute interview time has been decided, applicants will be asked to create a 5-minute lesson about a health topic of their choosing, to be presented during the interview. For additional questions about the process, please contact Lindsay (lbingham@email.arizona.edu)