Internship, Community Engagement, Work Study Opportunity, The Performance Project, Holyoke MA

Ubuntu Arts Community integrates inter-generational mentoring, the arts, leadership development, social justice and community building. We do this through building caring relationships, creativity and having fun. The children also receive academic support from high school and college mentors.

Meeting three days a week after school, Ubuntu brings together children, ages 8 -12 at Sullivan School in Holyoke with high school students and college mentors. We begin with snacks, free time/homework-time, and a Community Circle. Then the group participates in a variety of activities. The children take workshops in music, dance, martial arts, drumming, storytelling, and poetry with teaching artists, college students and First Generation ensemble members.

Ubuntu children, First Generation members and their families also come together for Family and Community Celebrations three to four times a year. Family and Community Celebrations invite families and the community-at-large to experience the dance, theater, writing and visual art that Ubuntu children have created, and to enjoy food and music together. Everyone participates in a Community Circle, so that they may experience what their children are doing in Ubuntu.

The caring relationships that First Generation and college mentors build with our Ubuntu children is the foundation of Ubuntu. To lay the building blocks for a successful mentoring network, First Generation members receive ongoing training in empathic listening and communication, conflict de-escalation, gender equity, understanding the socialization of boys and hyper-masculinity, leadership styles and group facilitation.


Mentoring, the arts, youth work and youth development, arts education, youth programming, education, tutoring, social justice, community building, culture.


  • Be passionate about children and young adults, their well-being, and creating spaces for youth voices. Interested in community building
  • Playful, patient, reliable, flexible, good communication skills
  • Have reliable access to transportation
  • Spanish speaking a plus
  • References please


  • Participate in an orientation/training about First Generation and Ubuntu
  • Build caring relationships with Ubuntu children and high school mentors
  • Periodically meet with other mentors and directors for support and/or supervision (as needed)
  • If interested you can lead creative workshops while interning at Ubuntu. (dance, singing, art, theater, etc.…)

Ubuntu meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 3:15 to 6:00 PM
We ask that interns and work study students participate in an orientation and come to Ubuntu at least one afternoon a week consistently. An internship can be from 6 weeks to a full semester.

Sullivan School, 400 Jarvis Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040

Julie Lichtenberg: 413-374-4938