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Spanish-English Bilingual Facilitator
Contractor position: $35 – 45/hour, (part-time with full-time potential)
Start date: Immediate
Life Story Club (LSC) combats loneliness and social isolation among older adults by creating small social clubs for older adults to share life stories and easily build friendships. Today, nearly 1 in 4 older adults experience prolonged loneliness and social isolation (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine NASEM 2020), the health risks of which are as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad 2015). It’s linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety, a 30% higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, and a 50% increased risk of dementia (NASEM 2020).
To address this growing public health crisis, we bring together groups of 8-12 older adults who meet weekly— via Zoom or in person— to spark connections and share their life stories. As part of the club experience, participants are given the opportunity to record one or more of their life stories which they then can share as part of a showcase event, or include in a group publication — cherished keepsakes for the storytellers, and their loved ones.
We partner with Public Libraries, Settlement Houses, NORCS (Naturally Occurring Retirement Centers), assisted living facilities, community centers, and a range of health and social service providers to deliver programming to older adults in NYC and beyond. We try to meet people where they are, making our clubs available to people who want to participate remotely or in person at partner sites. While we serve all older adults, we prioritize older adults who are often most at risk, including individuals who experience poor health, suffered a recent loss, are low-income, or are from immigrant or LGBTQ communities.
We are looking to hire a Life Story Club facilitator to run 3-5 Life Story Clubs across the city and virtually. As a facilitator, you are joining the team that is the heartbeat of our program. In this role, you are the face of Life Story Club, and set the tone for the club—you help make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable, and has the chance to speak/share. You select prompts to invite story-sharing, and spark connections (and will sometimes need to share first as a way to build trust).
You will be in charge of shepherding a story recording/production process for some of your clubs—working with the storytellers to select/shape the stories they want to preserve or present as part of a culminating legacy project.
While this is initially a part-time position, there has been a growing demand for Life Story Club programs, and there is room for growth within the organization.
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