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Community and School Programs Facilitator

The Miniwanca Community and School Programs (CSP) Team is made up of young professionals seeking a youth-focused experience in outdoor education.

Our days as a facilitator are simpler. We challenge ourselves and the youth we work with to grow and discover our own best. The outdoors is our home. We work together to create a community where individuals are respected, and where our values guide our actions. We gain confidence, explore, and have fun.

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach. A second, inland lake provides the perfect setting for ecology education, team building, and leadership development.

During the CSP season, facilitators can expect to lead groups of 10-12 school aged participants from schools and communities around the Midwest.  Our participants will discover and develop new strengths throughout 3-5 day overnight programs. Facilitators will help each participant discover and develop their personal best, while building a positive community with their teachers and classmates.

Interested applicants can check out our full job description linked here, scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions, and photos.

CSP Facilitators

• Have experience and passion for working with young people.

• Are enthusiastic about growing and creating positive communities.

• See themselves as professionals and role models for the youth of Miniwanca.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates of employment?

CSP Facilitators will begin working at Miniwanca on April 1st and work through November 3rd.

What do we do in staff training and how long is it?

From April 1st-12th, 2019, facilitators will learn all about the mission, philosophy and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with participants, how to facilitate curriculum, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, facilitators will be prepared to lead a school group through dune ecology, team building exercises, high ropes adventures, and more!

Is food and housing provided?

Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.

What do the living arrangements look like?

Facilitators will be provided with shared housing on our site. Housing includes furniture and amenities including bedrooms, a full kitchen, bathrooms, television, wifi, etc. During the summer months, facilitators will take on a summer camp role and housing may change (but will still be provided). Check out some of our summer staff pages to learn more about that!

I have never been to camp before. Is that okay?

It is not uncommon for facilitators to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. Facilitators should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca, especially if this is their first time at Miniwanca or at a summer camp in general.

What does a typical day look like?

Miniwanca facilitators will spend their days in program or working on projects around the site. Each program is unique, as it is designed to meet the needs of a specific school or community group. Facilitators will be briefed before each program so they know more about the participants and outcomes of the program. During the program, facilitators will spend their day with their small group, facilitating blocks like dune ecology, team building, high ropes course, and canoeing. Meals, night time activities, and a few other activities will be enjoyed with the community as a whole. In the evenings, the Miniwanca staff will meet and debrief their day before heading off to their own housing for bed.
Project days are those that we have no participants on site. Our focus is on maintaining and improving our site to enable us to continue serving youth, while also providing opportunities for staff to develop new skills and work on projects that are meaningful to them.

What if I have dietary needs?

Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is peanut and tree nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.

A day as a facilitator looks like:

"One thing I learned while at Miniwanca was that it is okay to try something new." - CSP participant