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About Ahead

Here's how it works: 

Our model is simple; we provide interactive day camps and workshops to girls that teach empowerment and entrepreneurship through hair.

 

Our camps and workshops are hands-on, fun, and one-of-a-kind! Each session teaches girls a new hair-specific lesson, such as braiding, texture, the science of coils, blowouts, weaves, etc., coupled with a lesson on business practices such as branding, inventory, accounting, marketing, finance, etc.

 

We bring in Black and Brown women facilitators with business backgrounds during each session to guide conversations but most importantly, to make sure our girls see themselves represented as future business women.

 

AHEAD lessons are deeply rooted in social-emotional learning while also giving girls the freedom to explore business concepts. 

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Mission

Our goal is to help young girls feel confident and proud of their hair while also providing them with the fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship. Our program is designed to be fun, engaging, and hands-on so that our students can learn through real-world experience. By empowering young girls to be confident, competent business leaders, we can help them to break barriers, minimize the racial wealth gap, and achieve their full potential. 

Join our team

Position Overview: 

We are seeking a passionate and dedicated Program Facilitator to join our team and lead workshops and after-school programs tailored for girls aged 8-15. The Program Facilitator will play a pivotal role in creating a positive and empowering environment, where girls can explore various hair styling techniques and foster their creativity. 

Salary: $20/hour

Part-time: must have weekend availability

Program Facilitator

Responsibilities: 

Workshop Leadership:

  • Lead workshops focused on teaching hair styling techniques and creative hair artistry. 

  • Deliver engaging and age-appropriate curriculum to ensure participants learn and have fun. 

  • Adapt teaching methods to suit the needs and skill levels of the girls in the program. 

Small Group Interaction:

  • Work closely with small groups of girls, providing individualized attention and guidance. 

  • Foster a supportive and inclusive atmosphere that encourages girls to express themselves and build confidence. 

Mentoring and Role Modeling:

  •  Act as a positive role model for program participants, promoting self-esteem, self-expression, and healthy self-image. 

  • Provide mentorship and guidance on life skills and personal development beyond hair styling. 

Program Setup and Coordination:

  • Prepare and organize materials and equipment for workshops. 

  • Ensure a safe and clean workspace for all participants. 

  • Collaborate with the Program Coordinator to coordinate program logistics. 

Evaluation and Feedback:

  • Assess the progress and development of participants throughout the program. 

  • Provide constructive feedback to participants to help them improve their skills. 

  • Gather feedback from participants and parents to enhance program quality. 

Qualifications: 

  • A genuine passion for working with children and promoting their personal growth. 

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to connect with and inspire young girls. 

  • Experience working with minority youth.  

  • Experience in workshop facilitation or teaching is a plus. 

  • Patience, empathy, and the ability to create a safe and inclusive learning environment. 

 

*All facilitators will be required to obtain a background check and fingerprinting per Chicago Public School code, and cannot be listed in the sexual offender database. 

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should submit their resume and 2-3 sentences on why they would make a great program facilitator. Please send your application to hello@aheadacademy.org. 

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