About Beyond Akeela
Beyond Akeela is a summer college readiness program for teens diagnosed with ASD, NVLD, ADHD or a similar profile. Beyond Akeela’s program is for campers between 10th-12th grade, structured in a way that develops social and independent living skills. Based in a college campus setting, participants are part of a community in which they practice independent living skills, experience adventure, and thrive socially. Beyond Akeela expands horizons, develops self-advocacy, and creates friendships that last a lifetime. The dynamic curriculum grows with teens each year they attend to meet the needs of their specific age group.
About this Job
Use your experience in Psychology, Communication Sciences/Disorders or Education to provide an incredible residential summer camp experience for a neurodiverse teens preparing for their college transition. Beyond Akeela is the best place to gain hands on experience working with teens on the autism spectrum and with similar social communication disorders. We are seeking advisors who will use their knowledge and experience in youth development to facilitate the social success of our campers and help them become more independent self-starters. Advisors play the role of a social facilitator, activity leader, lead meaningful discussions on a variety of teen topics, and mentor neurodiverse teens as they approach a massive transition in their lives.
Why Work at Beyond Akeela
As much as Beyond Akeela is about its campers, we place a tremendous emphasis on building a sense of community for everyone at camp. You’ll walk away with a community of staff who you’ve networked with professionally, and built amazing friendships with socially. You’ll feel a new sense of pride because you helped create a community for your campers. Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities found nowhere else. Regardless of your college major, camp experiences allow you to learn and develop skills that will enhance your job marketability.
- Along with co-advisors, serve as a primary leader for a group of campers, ensuring day-to-day safety and physical and emotional well-being of their campers.
- Work with other camp staff to ensure the positive resolution of all camper-related issues by communicating clearly and consistently with camp leadership staff on a daily basis.
- Create and maintain positive relationships with other counselors and leadership staff.
- Be familiar with and support the successful execution of all camp policies and procedures, including safety and emergency plans.
- Have completed at least two years of post-high school education (eg. college, gap year).
- Compassionate, enthusiastic, patient, hardworking, empathetic, intuitive.
- Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
- Interest in working hard and positively transforming the lives of campers.