Harlem RBI, an award winning youth development program, is seeking dynamic teachers to work in our nationally recognized summer enrichment program for elementary school youth. Harlem RBI’s summer REAL Kids program offers a unique and supportive environment focused on enhancing youth engagement in reading and learning while building life skills in nutrition and fitness, critical thinking, teambuilding and leadership.

The program offers a supportive teaching environment that fosters creativity and innovation. Class sizes are small (maximum of 18 students) and every teacher works with two to three college students who aspire to work in education, youth development or social work. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Leading a centers based literacy workshop for two hours four days a week designed to maintain or improve youth reading levels;
  • Developing youth enthusiasm and confidence in reading;
  • Designing lesson plans and implementing projects according to the REAL Kids curriculum which is designed to foster character values including, but not limited to, respect, effort, and teamwork;
  • Implementing activities designed to foster better communication and social skills during Team Clubhouse, four days a week;
  • Leading off-site field trips to pre-arranged destinations in New York City, one day per week;
  • Working with youth in positive and creative ways that encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork;
  • Ensuring child safety and agreeing to file a report if any injury or risk-behavior is observed;
  • Supervising 2-3 learning coaches (college students) to ensure that they are invested and involved in classroom activities. Teachers will meet with coaches once a week.

The REAL Kids summer program will operate from July 7 to August 15, 2014 and begins with additional training and planning beginning in mid-June. July 4 is a holiday.



  • At least 2 years of classroom teaching experience as a teacher elementary school program (required);
  • State or city certification and an M.A. in Education (preferred);
  • Believe in the promise and potential of urban youth;
  • Understanding of youth development as it relates to education;
  • Ability to take initiative and maintain flexibility;
  • Interest or knowledge of baseball/softball (preferred);
  • Deep embodiment of Harlem RBI’s organizational values of teamwork, diversity, integrity and fun.



Monday-Thursday, 8am-1pm and Fridays, 9am-3pm with and additional hour of planning TBD.



The program offers a highly competitive compensation.

How to apply

How to Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Andrew Waters at for East Harlem teaching opportunities, and Amy Dibiase at for South Bronx teaching opportunities. Please put “Summer Reading Teacher 2014” in the subject line and please let us know how you heard of this opportunity. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Harlem RBI provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees.

Who We Are

Harlem RBIserves over 1,200 East Harlem youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth, ages 5-22, in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time.

All Harlem RBI youth play on a baseball or softball team and participate in a full range of education and youth development programs designed to build the skills and confidence necessary to succeed as healthy and active adults.

Harlem RBI’s programs have been recognized nationally and locally by leading youth development practitioners and researchers.

In September 2008, Harlem RBI opened DREAM Charter School. DREAM’s mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship. DREAM inspires every student to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. DREAM currently serves 300 students in grades K-5 and will grow one grade (50 students) each year until it reaches capacity with grades K-8 and a total of 450 students.

What We Do
Using a unique blend of youth development principles and sports, Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow as student athletes. Staff use the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

Our programs are designed to ensure that all youth graduate high school and matriculate to college. Harlem RBI graduates are:

  • Physically and mentally healthy, able to avoid risky behaviors
  • High school graduates
  • College graduates
  • Work-ready, with the basic knowledge and skills to find and maintain a job
  • Good teammates, friends and family members, cultivating positive relationships with peers and adults;
  • Confident, competent and caring members of their communities
  • Active citizens, who participate in their community’s social and political life.

We Believe in Teams
Harlem RBI uses the power of teams to challenge staff and volunteers to meet high standards of performance, to seek meaningful results from our work and to constantly seek improvement in the services we provide.

As a team, we are committed to personal and organizational growth. We work together to reach high personal expectations, fulfill our commitment to youth and make Harlem RBI a model learning community.

Collaborative relationships are at the core of Harlem RBI’s work and we are dedicated to seeking out diverse voices to inform our decisions. We are committed to communicating openly and optimistically.

We Believe in Diversity

An ideal candidate understands the importance of a workplace with diverse, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and heritage, races, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and ideas. The candidate believes that embracing differences makes us stronger, and is committed to creating and maintaining an open and just work environment.

For more information, visit Harlem RBI on the web at

New York City, New York
Harlem RBI,
Andrew Waters Amy Dibiase

333 East 100th Street, New York, NY, 10029, US