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Youth Mentors with Interdisciplinary Backgrounds - Cloud ArtScience Foundation


The Cloud ArtScience Foundation seeks professionals and educators with experience in interdisciplinary practice ranging across any area of the sciences, design, the arts, entrepreneurialism, IT, innovation, or interdisciplinary practice to act as Program Mentors to high school youth in The Boston ArtScience Prize ( The Boston ArtScience Prize is an after-school interdisciplinary education program that enables high school students to explore their passions and develop groundbreaking ideas around an annual scientific theme. We seek caring and talented adults with a teaching or mentoring experience and a background in cross-disciplinary work to co-lead teams of high school students through a school-year-long project development process that helps them build the skills and social aptitudes to bring their dreams to reality. Program Mentors will be paired and co-teach with a mentor with a complimentary background and skill-set.

The ArtScience Prize focuses on the core tenets of artscience—the idea that students can be most creative when they are given the space to explore interdisciplinary approaches and pursue projects that are driven by their own passion and ideas. In the ArtScience Prize model, students are asked to apply skills and ways of thinking common to both the aesthetic, dreamy processes of the arts and the deductive, analytical processes of the sciences. Some of the core elements of artscience methodology include thinking “outside the box,” learning about and working in disciplines that are unfamiliar, problem-solving, public presentation, critique, and experimentation. This fusion of artistic and scientific disciplines, anchored in core work around the annual scientific theme, supports and challenges students to stretch their thinking and come up with wild, “blue sky” ideas to address needs that exist throughout the world.

Program Mentors are facilitators for these student-driven projects and will help teens develop ideas around the 2014-2015 scientific theme – Biodiversity. All mentors will be trained to incorporate the ArtScience Skill Set, core artscience teaching approaches, background on the scientific theme, team-teaching, and more into their teaching practices. Participation in the ArtScience Prize offers Program Mentors a chance to develop new strategies for exploring interdisciplinary work and to help urban teens discover their passions and creative potential outside a traditional educational setting. Selected Program Mentors will co-lead groups of teens four afternoons per week (3:15-6pm). Selected Program Mentors will attend an initial 5-day-long training week to become familiar with concepts at the core of the program, meet and collaboratively develop curriculum with a co-instructor, and share strategies for incorporating artscience themes into teaching practices. The initial 35+ hour training week is followed throughout the program year with an additional 40+ hours of paid professional development. Classes take place at the Idea Translation Lab at Cloud Place, a Boston-based arts and innovation center in Copley Square that is part of an international network of ArtScience Labs ( Instructors are compensated at a rate of $50/hour for teaching time in addition to weekly preparation hours.

We seek educators who are excited to collaborate in the teaching environment, and who have a passion for youth development, the creation of innovative projects, and student-centered, inquiry-driven learning. If you are eager to be a catalyst for igniting the inner spark of creativity in young people, we encourage you to apply!

Interested applicants must be able to commit to the following:
• Attendance at a paid, intensive, 10am-6pm training program during the week of August 25-29, 2014
• Attendance at a paid, intensive, 10am-6pm follow-up training during September 25-26, 2014
• Four-day-a-week, 3:15-6:00pm class sessions, (usually Mon-Thu with some Fri) throughout School Year 2014-2015
• Availability from late August 2014 through mid May 2015
• Attendance at program kick-off and closing events in October 2014 and May 2015
• Attendance at regular program evaluation and Mon/Fri professional development sessions
• Adherence to a curricular framework developed by the ArtScience Prize
• Attendance at occasional public events in support of students

Ideal candidates for this position will possess the following skills and experience:
• Experience teaching or mentoring urban high school-age students
• Dynamic, proven interdisciplinarity across applicable fields
• Innovation background (personal project development or entrepreneurial experience) a plus
• Flexibility and eagerness to work in collaboration with a co-instructor and program administrators
• Related Bachelors degree (Masters preferred, Doctorate welcome)
• Familiarity with youth development principles
• Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary setting and excitement about working within a fluid, flexible curricular
structure that is process-focused
• Reliability, passion, excitement, and ability to communicate with both urban teens and adult professionals
• Willingness to be a part of an educational "experiment" that requires ongoing feedback and commitment to
the learning process along the way

Applicants from diverse racial backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Multilingualism a plus.

How To Apply:

Please submit the following via e-mail to and note in the email subject line "Program Mentor Search":

• Résumé
• Bio of up to 150 words
• Statement of purpose (400 words or less) describing your philosophy of education, youth work, science background, and your interest in this program

• Portfolio of background or any pertinent projects a plus

E-mail submissions are strongly preferred, but those unable to submit via e-mail can send application materials to: Cloud Place Attn: Program Mentor Search, 647 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Deadline for applications:
Ongoing until early August—our mentor positions will be filled as soon as we find the right person(s) for this unique opportunity. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Please email with any questions about applying for this position.

No phone calls, please.

Any submitted artwork or other application materials will not be returned.
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Apply by:
May 22, 2014

$50/hour + prep time

About this Organization:
The Boston ArtScience Prize ( is an innovative, interdisciplinary education program located in Boston’s Copley Square that supports high school students as they explore and develop groundbreaking ideas around an annual scientific theme. The ArtScience Prize is a year-round curricular program in which adult Program Mentors co-lead teams of high school students through a school-year-long project development process that helps them build the skills and social aptitudes to bring their dreams to reality.

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