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Youth Organizer (Flushing, Queens)

Title: Youth Organizer
Program Area: Youth Empowerment Program
Supervisor: Civic Participation Director
Location: Flushing, NY (hybrid)
Salary: Starting at $45,000 per year, DOE
Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Coverage, Paid Time Off, Comp Time, Transit Benefits
Employment Type: Full-Time Union Position with TWU Local 241

The MinKwon Center for Community Action is a dynamic, mission-driven, and people-powered nonprofit organization that serves, educates, and organizes the Korean American, Asian Pacific American (APA), and immigrant communities in New York and around the country. The MinKwon Center offers free assistance for immigration and public benefits, provides free legal representation for immigration and housing, promotes civic participation with voter and census registration and outreach, and organizes campaigns with other local, state, and federal coalitions. By prioritizing the needs and voices of low-income, undocumented, youth, senior, and limited English proficient residents, we are building a multilingual, multi-generational base of engaged community members to achieve social and economic justice for all.

We are seeking a dedicated and talented individual to serve as a Youth Organizer. The Youth Organizer will have the opportunity to build a powerful base of working class, Asian American and immigrant, youth. The Youth Organizer will be responsible for facilitating and managing all youth programming at the MinKwon Center, including the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) and the Organizing Committee (OC).

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Coordinating the year-round Youth Empowerment Program, which includes facilitating and planning workshops, leading outreach activities, recruiting for and identifying a cohort of primarily local Korean and AAPI youth from different backgrounds, and handling all logistics of scheduling and communicating with youth.

  • Developing political education for high school youth with the goal of growing critical thinkers, plugging youth into MinKwon’s campaigns, and creating local organizers. 

  • Conducting outreach in the neighborhood to grow our base of directly impacted youth.

  • Developing the leadership of youth through one-on-ones, relevant resources and trainings, and mentorship.

  • Building relationships with other youth providers and youth organizations in Queen and NYC.

  • Act as a representative and liaison for MinKwon and MinKwon Youth in coalition spaces. 

  • Track membership and youth organizing activities; retain organized records and files.

  • Oversee the Organizing Committee, which consists of direct action, political campaigns, community mutual aid, and youth-led and owned political activities, and its projects and campaigns.

  • Connect youth with various organizers, facilitators, and mentors as appropriate to the work.

  • Support the development/fundraising team with timely reports, data, and other grant management needs to maintain the program’s fiscal sustainability.

The minimum required qualifications for this position include the following:

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with an openness to public speaking.

  • Flexibility in working evenings, weekends, and outside normal office hours (to match youth school schedules). 

  • Experience working with diverse communities of color and in particular low-income AAPI families and youth ages 13 – 24. 

  • Knowledge, interest, and commitment towards concepts and issues of social, political, and economic justice and positive social change in the U.S., especially in the context of Korean American, APA, and/or immigrant communities.

  • Experience in direct, grassroots community organizing and/or related political work.

  • Ability to work well independently, in teams, and in collaboration with outside organizations.

The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in developing a curriculum, ideally with a popular education approach. 

  • Experience in facilitating meetings with large and small groups.

  • Spoken and written fluency or proficiency in Korean or Mandarin.

  • Ability to be highly organized, meet deadlines, take initiative on projects with minimal supervision and a sense of ownership, and follow up on communications in a consistent and punctual manner.

  • Proficiency in using Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and social media.

  • Knowledge and experience in post-high school opportunities for low income youth.

  • Experience with youth outreach and recruitment.

Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to
Please write 'Youth Organizer' in the email subject line, and please specify in your email how you found out about this position (website, LinkedIn, Indeed, Facebook, etc.). Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled and this posting is removed. Due to the high volume of applications, the MinKwon Center will only contact applicants who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.

The MinKwon Center for Community Action welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to consider working with us. We encourage Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, immigrants, women and gender nonbinary people, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities to apply.
The MinKwon Center for Community Action does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, marital status, family or dependent status, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, credit score and history, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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