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Youth Education Program Intern - Spring Semester

Clouds in Water Zen Center is a community of lay practitioners that offers support for
meditation and mindfulness. We are located in the Northern Warehouse building in Downtown Saint Paul where we offer meditation instruction, classes, workshops, communal meditation, retreats, community events, and Youth Practice programming every other Sunday morning.

The Youth Practice Program consists of 5 different volunteer-teacher led classes (Pre-K, K-1, 2-3, 4-6, & Junior High School) which use music, movement, meditation, and mindfulness as ways to help students become more joyfully aware and connected to others. We aim to make the principles of spiritual life accessible to all our students through experiential learning opportunities including singing songs to foster community and lift the spirit, mindful arts and crafts, service learning and community projects, as well as using yoga and meditation to calm our bodies and minds.

We are looking for an energetic, passionate, and creative Youth Education Intern for 5-12 hours per week to assist with our Spring Semester programming. In return for your service to our Youth Practice Program we will provide you with training, guidance, and academic credit (if your school offers it) in the following:
Program Design
Lesson planning
Event Planning
Writing & Editing
Classroom Management
Experiential Education

Duties will include but not be limited to:

• Assist with programming every other Sunday from 8am to 12pm from January 22, 2012
to May 13th, 2012 (or the end of your school's academic semester, whichever comes
• Meet in person with the Youth Practice Program Manager 1-2 times/week to discuss
planning and implementation.
• Design a lesson plan for one of the five classes every two weeks.
• Attend meetings with staff as necessary.
• Participate in strategic planning and execution of community events, marketing,
fundraising and outreach.
• General clerical duties including copying and assembling class materials.

We are looking for an individual who has a passion for and/or interest in education,
experiential education, meditation, music, yoga, art, crafts, cooking, and child development. We value direct, honest, and sensitive communication. The intern should be pursuing an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Education or a related subject.
The ideal candidate will be mature, punctual, possess strong organizational, time
management, and writing skills, and be joyful in their approach to learning and teaching.

The position requires a commitment of 5-12 hours week (work load will vary), some of
which can be done remotely and successful completion of a criminal record
background check.

While we are a Zen Buddhist institution, the position is open to all people regardless of
ideology, religion, race, gender, or age. Your most important qualifications will be enthusiasm and a talent for working with youth.

Please send a cover letter stating what you hope to learn from and bring to the position, your resume, and any relevant samples of your work to:

Rachel Sear
Youth Practice Program Manager

Please include Spring Youth Education Program Intern in the Subject Line.

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