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Substitute Youth Leader
Job Code:21-004
Job Location:El Monte, CA
Grade Level:Not Applicable
Substitute Youth Leaders may work at different LEARN program sites throughout LEARN’s service area and receive their assignments based on their availability. A Substitute Youth Leader will be called upon to fill-in for a needed assignment. Under the direction of a Site Coordinator, Substitute Youth Leaders work directly with an assigned class of approximately 20 students in academic, physical activity, and/or enrichment activities. A Substitute Youth Leader ensures the safety of the students while following a prescribed program plan, which may occur during school, after school, and occasionally on weekends


ASPIRE Program: A Substitute Youth Leader in the ASPIRE program may work with students from Kindergarten to 8th grade on age appropriate academic, recreational, and/or enrichment activities.  Programming typically occurs after school from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Monday - Friday and occasionally on weekends.  Actual work hours will vary within these time frames depending on site and grade level assignment.

PREP Program: A Substitute Youth Leader in the PREP program works with high school students in academic, recreational, and/or enrichment areas.  Programming typically occurs after school from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and occasionally on weekends.

  • Lead a group of assigned students in an academic, recreational, or enrichment activity;

  • Ensure the supervision and safety of assigned students at all times during program hours;

  • Provide instruction in academic or enrichment activity using materials provided by the program;

  • Provide small-group tutoring and/or homework assistance;

  • Serve as a positive adult role model for children in the program through appropriate dress, speech, and attitude;

  • Arrives punctually in order to meet responsibilities on site;

  • Engage youth by following, implementing, and assisting in lesson plans;

  • Assist in set up, break down, and ongoing maintenance in an effort to keep the program site clean and organized;

  • Promote positive interactions between students, in accordance with child safety guidelines;

  • Communicate student needs to Site Coordinator, teachers, school administration and parents as appropriate;

  • Ensure program requirements are met on a daily basis, such as checking students in/out on the Daily Attendance Roster as well as the distribution and consumption of healthy snacks;

  • Other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

1. Graduation from High School; and, a passing score on the district examination for Instructional Assistants; 


2. Graduation from High School; and, two years of college coursework.


  1. Two years of college coursework is equivalent to 60 units.

  2. Experience working with youth in an educational setting is strongly desired.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Interest in working with, mentoring, and tutoring at-risk youth;

  • Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents, peers, school staff and others;

  • Ability to effectively tutor students in assigned subject(s); 

  • Ability to work as part of a team and act as a positive role model for students;

  • Ability to write basic reports summarizing events;

Language & Computer Skills: 

  • The ability to speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Vietnamese is desired at many of our school sites;

  • Competence with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Physical Skills:

  • Must be able to lift and carry small loads (up to 25 lbs.) and stand for prolonged hours.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must complete Live Scan - Department of Justice and FBI Criminal Background Check - and TB Test.

  • Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends;

  • Must be willing and able to travel anywhere in the region LEARN serves for a job assignment, off-site meetings, trainings, and events.

  • Must be eligible to accept all job assignments.


This is a Part-Time Casual, non-benefited, non-exempt, hourly position.  This position requires the candidate to be available to work at least 2 days per week, Monday through Friday, during program hours, which is primarily after school and occasionally on weekends.  Hours of work will vary from 0 – 29 hours per week; specific times and schedules vary, depending upon the school and the needs of the program.

The work calendar for Substitute Youth Leaders and all other part-time casual field staff aligns with the academic calendars of our partner school districts.  The job has recess breaks during fall, winter, spring and summer.  The job resumes after every break and staff are expected to return to work on the date requested by LEARN.