Brookline Teen Outreach

Brookline Teen Outreach

Contact Person: Caitlin McNulty, cmcnulty@brooklineteenoutreach.org, 412-254-4590

Areas of Interest: Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Education

Who we are:

At Brookline Teen Outreach, we believe in maximizing youth potential and building the community. We have adopted a holistic approach to serving youth by offering high-quality and modern, licensed counseling services, free tutoring, community service opportunities, and dynamic programming. The center’s innovative and comprehensive programming provides something for everyone who walks through our doors.

The founders, Caitlin and Diana, established Brookline Teen Outreach in 2015, because of a pressing need to do more for the youth of South Pittsburgh. Brookline, and its surrounding neighborhoods, have the highest percentage of youth within the city of Pittsburgh, but they do not have facilities or resources that cater to the enrichment of teens outside of the school setting. We hope to make improvements for our students and their families that reach beyond the walls of our center and change our city for the better.

Brookline Teen Outreach is a Pittsburgh nonprofit offering free opportunities and resources for youth ages 10-18. Our programming is founded in education and counseling theories focused on developing the social emotional learning of students while also engaging them in activities and their community. Social programming includes pool, air hockey, fooseball, video games and field trips. Educational art and STEM programming are centered around expanding knowledge and experience and foster self-awareness and appreciation. Staff, interns and volunteers all have extensive experience as educators, social workers, counselors, or coaches, which is critical to the function of our model. Every activity, group and experience, including after school snack and nightly dinner, is an opportunity to connect with our students and help them to develop as individuals. Our dedication to serving all aspects of an individual, to create a holistic experience, includes community service opportunities and free access to mental health services through our partnership with Compassionate Counseling. We are dedicated to serving youth and our community, so our work doesn’t stop there. Our counseling provider serves people of all ages. Our building is home to groups and organizations that serve the neighborhood and can be rented for affordable prices by individuals. Our partnerships with other area non-profits, such as ASWP, 412 Food Rescue, Tickets for Kids, Fine Art Miracles, and many more gives our students access to unique, interesting, and hard to access experiences. Most importantly, we work with youth to create a safe space full of equal opportunity for all.

Description:

We highly value the skills and enthusiasm that our interns bring to our program. We are always interviewing for internship candidates from at both the bachelor's and master's level in counseling, social work and education. Internships for other majors can be considered. Interns receive supervision and opportunities to attend workshops and conferences and well as be an integral part of growing and contributing to teen center programs and community initiatives. We strive to offer a comprehensive learning experience that combines hands-on work and theoretical exploration.

We accept interns from a variety of backgrounds because of the diverse nature of our programming. There are internship opportunities for those studying counseling, social work, and education, as well as those that want to focus their attention on event planning and marketing and grant writing.

Duties of Intern:

  • Engage in the assigned roles and parts of their given shift being responsible for the consumers of BTO’s services
  • Form relationships with the teen/teen center clients
  • Perform shift open/close tasks as asked
  • Manage assigned area (STEM, art, Front Desk, kitchen, computer et al.)
  • Report any issues with consumers, volunteers, and community service workers
  • Ensure self-scheduling is up to date and accurate in timely manner
  • Perform any special tasks as assigned
  • Monitor school-based hours reporting
  • Attend supervision as required per school
  • Take responsibility for any individual class assignments keeping abreast assigned supervisor and BTO leadership of deadlines
  • Research additional and update current community resources
  • Assist with client data entry into appropriate databases
  • Participate in BTO events and field work/outings
  • Display consistent professionalism and courtesy when interacting with internal and external clients and consumers
  • Promote and support the mission, imperative, values and goals of BTO.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality when working with sensitive and personal client, vendor, employee and contract information
  • Expectation of completing hours at BTO for the duration of the semester, for example: Spring Semester beginning first week of January and ends the first week of May; Summer Semester beginning second week of May and ending the second week of August; Fall Semester beginning the last week of August through second week of December. We understand that your university may have different expectations regarding accumulating hours as well as different start/end dates. Please speak with our executive director, Caitlin McNulty, directly regarding start/end date needs.
  • Any time-off requests need to be made in advance and approved by Caitlin McNulty.
  • Works cooperatively and communicates and communicates effectively and professionally with BTO staff, teens, their families, and members of the community
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the BTO organization

Requirements:

  • minimum 3.2 GPA
  • cover letter and resume sent to contact listed,
  • all state mandated clearances (act 33, Act 34, FBI Fingerprinting, mandated reporter training.
  • Compassion, flexibility, and patience are appreciated
  • Strong desire to learn along with professional drive
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for people and service-oriented professions
  • Ability to multi-task and take initiative
  • Hardworking and dedicated outlook
  • Ability to take direction and absorb information quickly
  • Ability to lift, carry and otherwise move up to 25 pounds on a regular basis
  • Ability to sit, stand, bend, kneel, reach, push, pull, or walk for various lengths of time throughout the day
  • Ability to utilize computer equipment to complete daily work responsibilities
  • Ability to operate fax/copy machines, telephone, calculator and general office equipment on a daily basis
  • Daily work in an office environment
  • Light to moderate physical activity 

General Information:

  • Located on the 39 Bus Route and within walking distance of the 41 Bus Route
  • Free parking available at rear of building

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Number of Students: 4