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Youth Education Officer | Anne Frank Trust

This is an incredible opportunity to have a creative and direct impact on the wellbeing and empowerment of young people, drawing on their personal views and experiences of prejudice to produce creative anti-prejudice messages as effectively as possible.

  • Location: London / North East England / West Midlands
  • Salary: £26,000 - two increments on completion of satisfactory annual appraisal: after first year to 26,750; after second year to £27,500 (depending on available funding). London weighting if applicable: additional £1,500 per annum.

About the role

Anne Frank Workers are the front-line youth education officers who deliver all the education programmes of the Anne Frank Trust UK – leading our workshops, training our peer educators and mentoring our ambassadors in schools and communities across the country.  This is a varied, exciting and demanding role for highly organised professionals with a deeply held commitment to equality and the skills to engage 10 to 15-year-olds in a structured, creative journey of learning and empowerment.

We launched the Anne Frank Worker role in January 2021 with six full-time equivalent posts recruited to cover different areas of the country. Three of these posts have been filled so far – in North West England, Scotland and Yorkshire. They are managed by the Director of Education and Assistant Director for Schools and Communities, who in summer 2021 will be joined by a second Assistant Director to lead on youth empowerment.

The team has a budget for commissioning its training, which includes peer coaching with colleagues. In the future, when funding allows, we aim to create more Anne Frank Worker posts, including some for specific localities or specific roles such as youth justice. We also hope to introduce an additional level of Senior Anne Frank Worker.

The Anne Frank Worker roles are outcome-focused and responsible for the planning and carrying out a varied portfolio of educational work, aimed at empowering young people with the knowledge, skills and commitment to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination.

You will be proactive, methodical and determined in booking programmes into schools and community settings to maintain close working links with key schools and partner organisations, lead inspirational classes and workshops in schools, in community venues and online – teaching about Anne Frank, the Holocaust and all forms of prejudice today; challenging stereotypes; building anti-discriminatory values; and developing skills in recognising and responding to prejudice.

As well as leading workshops, Anne Frank Workers train young people as peer educators so that they share knowledge and values with their schools and communities. They then train smaller groups from the peer educators to be Anne Frank Ambassadors in training days with creative freelancers, often held jointly across several schools.

By the end of 2021, as part of the charity’s new Youth Empowerment Programme, Anne Frank Workers will provide mentoring to individual Anne Frank Ambassadors out of school hours, often in small groups online. The mentoring will support each ambassador on a journey of learning and empowerment from induction to alumni support when they turn 16. The Anne Frank Ambassadors will have options to shape the future of the charity through a youth board and to take their anti-prejudice message to the widest possible audiences through creative projects and a media team, having a national and potentially global impact on racism and other forms of prejudice.

The Anne Frank Worker roles will be imaginative, collaborative and practical in organising and supporting these projects and events with Anne Frank Ambassadors and their communities, including local Anne Frank exhibitions, regional multi-school training days, and an annual national conference.

Finally the roles will plan, deliver and monitor all work to meet the targets set by the Trust’s funders and operational plans, and to implement the Trust’s curriculum, quality standards, values and policies. This will include achieving excellent practice in working with young people, notably by focusing on ambitious but realistic learning objectives, by maintaining a balance of warm engagement and clear boundaries, by identifying any safeguarding or welfare needs, and by making appropriate referrals to other agencies. They will also involve maintaining thorough records of all activity on the Trust’s databases, and to be proficient in gathering data for evaluation, e.g. by encouraging young people to complete questionnaires.

Who we're looking for

To be an Anne Frank Worker you will need to be passionate about the wellbeing and empowerment of young people, and about bringing an end to all forms of prejudice.

Technically you will be educated to at least degree level, ideally with a relevant professional qualification, e.g. teaching or youth work, and if applying for a role outside of London, a full driving license and access to a car, although in any location a willingness to travel regionally and across the UK, and to work evenings and weekends when required.

You will have substantial experience of running learning activities with groups of young people, including aged 10 to 15 as well as experience of providing pastoral or emotional support.

Using your knowledge of best practice in teaching and/or youth empowerment; familiarity with the needs and issues experienced by young people, their families and communities and understanding and ideas about how to challenge prejudice and discrimination you will confidently present clearly and inspire an audience through workshops, training sessions and mentor events in schools and communities across the country.

You will be highly organised, able to meet deadlines and manage a varied workload in order to keep records, write reports and develop new projects or ways of working. You will also be able to identify, initiate and sustain effective relationships with other professionals and organisations.

Finally, you will be creative, dynamic and positive when solving problems, with a willingness to learn, and have excellent interpersonal skills that demonstrate a balance of warmth and boundaries.

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Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Kristina Preston

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Welcome from Tim Robertson, Chief Executive

If ever I need reminding why youth empowerment matters at the Anne Frank Trust, I just think of Hana. Hana was a 14-year-old Anne Frank Ambassador who spoke at the opening event for one of our public exhibitions, in a library in inner London in 2019. Hana’s teacher said she’d been a quiet student until she found her voice through Anne Frank. At our event, Hana upstaged the mayor, held everyone spellbound, and got quoted by the press. She spoke beautifully and strongly about how as a young black Muslim she could relate to Anne Frank, even though Anne was white, Jewish and lived 80 years ago, because both of them had experienced discrimination, and both of them had learnt to speak out against prejudice – Anne in her diary, Hana here and now.

This is exactly the kind of creativity, leadership and impact that we want to take much further through our new Youth Empowerment Programme. Covid has left young people feeling more disempowered than ever. We want to empower students like Hana, not just through our workshops in schools and occasional public events, but by mentoring them through a journey of sustained personal growth right up to their 16th birthday and beyond. We want to create opportunities for genuine empowerment that will have a life-changing impact not just on the individual young people, but on prejudice across society and on society’s perceptions of who young people are.

The Anne Frank Trust already has many of the ingredients needed to make this aspiration a reality – in our experience in peer education and perhaps above all in the uniquely relatable story of Anne Frank at the heart of all our programmes. But, to bring these elements together and take them forward into a Youth Empowerment Programme that is both sharply organised and fabulously inspiring, we need a manager with real vision, energy, integrity and expertise. I very much hope this is you. I can’t wait to get working with our new Assistant Director on this truly exciting enterprise.

Tim Robertson
Chief Executive

About the Anne Frank Trust

This is an exciting and challenging time for the Anne Frank Trust UK.

Founded in 1991, we are an education charity that empowers 10- to 15-year-olds to challenge all forms of prejudice, inspired by the life and work of Anne Frank. In 2019 (the last full year before Covid), we delivered our workshops to 24,000 young people in 216 schools across Britain and trained 1,400 young people as ambassadors who brought their pro-equality message to a total audience of over 120,000 people.

The starting point for our programmes is the story of Anne Frank, which has a double educational power. Frank’s death is a warning of the tragedy that can result from unchecked prejudice, while her Diary is a role model of how a teenager can use creativity to tell their story and build empathy. Our workshops cover such topics as sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, online hatred, extremism and bullying. We train young people as peer educators to share their learning with others in their schools, and as Anne Frank Ambassadors to disseminate their anti-prejudice message more widely through creative projects, public events and online campaigns.

We have robust research evidence of our impact on young people’s attitudes towards other social groups. Our annual turnover of around £1.4 million is supported by a range of philanthropic and Government funding. Our head office of 10 staff is based in Kentish Town, north London, and our education staff live and work from home in Scotland and five regions of England.

During lockdown we have restructured our staff team and governance, created new workshops and online formats for our work in schools, and made plans to enhance our educational offer with a new youth empowerment programming, focused on young people with lived experience of prejudice. Our aim is for the Trust to embody youth empowerment and leadership by 2023.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 12pm, Friday 28th May 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 7th June 2021

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