20 Aug 2018

Temporary Business Lab Program Recruiter

ideas42- Canarsie Youth Business Lab – Posted by nuha@ideas42.orgNew York, New York, United States

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Job Description

The Canarsie Youth Business Lab Program:

The Canarsie Business Lab is a pilot program set to launch in Canarsie, Brooklyn serving young adults ages 18-24 who have been impacted by gun violence. This program will empower participants to develop skills related to business and entrepreneurship, combining professional skill-building with elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, and will include training in essential soft skills and entrepreneurial mindsets; access to career opportunities through technical skill training; and the opportunity to apply learnings through a capstone exercise. Additionally, Business Lab participants will develop multimedia messages that can be shared throughout the community, creating a reinforcing cycle of anti-gun violence and empowerment at the individual and community level.

The program is being piloted in Canarsie, Brooklyn from late fall 2018 through spring 2019. The Business Lab is being designed by ideas42, a nonprofit that uses behavioral science to create innovative solutions to tough social problems, in partnership with several New York City-based organizations.

The Participant Recruiter Role:

Participant Recruiters will have the lead role in identifying and engaging participants for the program. Recruiters will:

  • Recruit a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 eligible young adults who have been impacted by gun violence to take part in the program.
  • Conduct recruitment from through late fall 2018, with possible continuation as needed. Recruiters are expected to work an average of 20 hours per week, to vary based on progress toward meeting recruitment targets and actual program start date.
  • Recruit primarily in-person in Canarsie, as well as via text, phone, and other methods as needed

We are looking for individuals with extensive knowledge of social networks in Canarsie and ability to reach and build trust with young adults. Recruiters must effectively convey the program opportunity to potential participants, assess individuals’ eligibility for the program and tailor outreach approach as needed. Individuals with experience conducting outreach in community settings to those who have been impacted by gun violence. 

Responsibilities of the role include: 

Community outreach

  • Identify potential participants meeting established criteria, using knowledge of community social networks.
  • Conduct outreach to potential participants, communicating about the program and building trust and interest over multiple conversations as needed, including meeting prospective participants in person, individually and at events, and using most effective communication channels, including text message, social media, phone calls and other channels.

Recruitment and Participant Engagement

  • Conduct screening exercises to assess individuals’ readiness and eligibility for the program and facilitate participant sign-up.
  • Maintain engagement with participants who have signed up before the program start date. Help participants create plans to attend initial sessions and help participants find solutions to overcome reasonable barriers to participation (transportation, childcare, asking for schedule changes at work, etc.).

Recruitment Management

  • Document contact with potential participants and maintain accurate lists of potential participants in the pipeline. Enter information into program databases in a timely manner.
  • Attend regular meetings of recruitment and program staff. Communicate as needed with other recruiters, facilitators and the program team to build networks and coordinate outreach.
  • Work with program leadership to adapt the participant recruitment process as needed.


Required Qualifications:

  • In-depth knowledge of the Canarsie community, including knowledge of local street sets, crews, gangs and/or groups. The ideal candidate is someone with very close community ties with experience to communicate effectively with and gaining the trust of individuals with gang/crew involvement and other individuals who are currently using guns.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the purpose of the program and assess the eligibility of potential participants using established criteria.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage outreach and communication to potential program participants.
  • Computer literate and able to enter notes and activities into databases via handheld devices and/or office computers.
  • Ability to work a highly flexible schedule that includes late evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Committed to working toward positive community change from a trauma-informed, strength-based perspective.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Residence in Canarsie strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience or training in Crisis Intervention and/or trauma-informed youth development approaches
  • Valid NYS driver’s license, good driving record
  • Able to walk 30 blocks or more on a regular basis

Position Duration and Expected Hours

Average of 20 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks (ending in the late fall). Hours and duration may vary based on recruiter progress toward meeting targets and actual program start date.


$30/hour (contract)

Job Categories: Education
Job Types: Temporary

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