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Youth Program Support & Mentoring for Non-Profit Youth Organization


Note: Ubuntu currently meets on Zoom, two afternoons a week. Throughout the summer Ubuntu children and mentors have been meeting twice a week for drawing, painting, storytelling, dance, games, friendship, connection and sharing ideas. Ubuntu “gems” have been responding to weekly art challenges in the most CREATIVE ways!

We’ve also stayed connected through delivering care packages filled with creative materials, activities and family support. Ubuntu Arts Community will continue to this fall delivering art-in-a-box projects for us to do on zoom together, and finding ways to make art, theater, dance and play.

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/homeworktime, 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.

Arts, youth work and youth development, arts education, mentoring, youth programming, education, academic 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.…).


SCHEDULE: Flexible


CONTACT: Julie Lichtenberg, Email: Ph: 413-374-4938