HomeWorks Staff Orientation
Ongoing staff and culturally responsive training as determined by HomeWorks.
New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps orientation prior to the start of the term of service.
Ongoing training as determined by the staff of the New Jersey Bonner AmeriCorps Program and by the Site Supervisor and/or Campus Director throughout the term of service.
Strong commitment to HomeWorks’ mission, values and scholars.
College degree required (in progress or completed).
Extensive experience with youth (experience with youth in Trenton preferred).
Trustworthy, professional, and reliable.
Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong attention to detail with very good organizational and follow-through skills.
Ability to be flexible and juggle multiple tasks.
Ability to take initiative, ownership and accountability.
Ability to work independently as well as collaborate as part of a team.
Position Description: The main objective of the Residential Life Assistant (House-Sister) is to work closely with the House Director (House-Mom) and the other Residential Life Assistant (House-Sister) to help lead the HomeWorks house. You will live in the HomeWorks house, and you will serve as a role model that our scholars can look up to and confide in. You will assist the House Director (House-Mom) with leading scholars though HomeWorks programming; support the House Director (House-Mom) when she responds to medical and personal emergencies; ride on the HomeWorks’ bus, serving as a bus aide while scholars are being transported to and from school; lead programming initiatives; support HomeWorks’ business operations; and speak with parents, guardians, and families regarding issues or updates about the scholars. Overall, the House Sister is a surrogate older sister who can guide the scholars through HomeWorks and their personal lives.
About the Company
HomeWorks Trenton, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs a free, community-based, after school residential program for Black and Brown high school girls in Trenton, New Jersey. We provide a space where Black and Brown girls can authentically express themselves while developing academic and social-emotional tools to thrive despite living in a systemically unjust society.
Our scholars live in the HomeWorks house from Sunday evenings to Friday mornings and are transported to and from their Trenton Public Schools every day to ensure timeliness. After school, scholars engage in daily activities focused on academics and identity-driven leadership, eat a family-style meal, and stay overnight in our dorm with two full-time staff members. Our HomeWorks model decreases chronic absenteeism and improves scholars’ academic performance and social-emotional skills while celebrating the power of Black and Brown sisterhood. By providing a space to explore and define their experiences, cultures, and identities, HomeWorks offers our scholars a chance to see that their ideas, visions, and presence are valid and relevant in this world.
Founded in 2016, HomeWorks has built a diverse team of full-time and part-time staff, board members, and volunteers. Together, we have run five programs and built a HomeWorks community. The HomeWorks team has been recognized by Princeton University, McKinsey & Company, Echoing Green, Comcast, Hollister, TRESemmé, Camelback Ventures, Barclays, Vital Voices, The Rachael Ray Show and more.