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Workshop on Wheels Mentor, Youth Academy Program, Spring 2024

Part-Time, Temporary (roughly Monday, 3/4/24 - Friday, 5/10/2024, 10 weeks, no school Mon 4/8 - Fri 4/12 for Spring Break)

14-16 hours/week: 

  • Mon 1-4:30 pm 

  • Wed/Thu 9:30 am-12:00 pm 

  • Fri, 11:00 am-4:30 pm

  • Up to an additional 2 hours of planning and meeting time to support classes as needed

Direct Supervisor: Associate Director of Education


💰Hourly rate: $32/hour

📍 Location: This position is in-person at Visitacion Valley Middle School, with occasional hybrid meetings with the BAYCAT Academy team virtually or at the BAYCAT offices in the Dogpatch.



Reporting to the Associate Director of Education, the Workshop on Wheels Mentor role is responsible for co-developing, co-teaching, and co-leading a stop motion project-based unit with the Digital Media Arts classroom teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School for youth ages 11 - 14 in Spring 2024. We’re seeking a consistent, creative, and resourceful media producer and educator. 


📽️ What we do:

  • Empower 200+ young creators yearly, guiding them through the media-making process.

  • Collaborate with 250+ partners, bridging the digital divide for 4,700+ youths over 17 years.

  • Provide paid media arts training for young people while creating stories that progress social justice.


The Role

The Workshop on Wheels Mentor will provide mentorship during a stop-motion animation unit in a middle school digital media arts classroom along with the SFUSD teacher; support with curriculum development, lesson planning & ideation; and co-lead advising youth on project management, collaboration, & team building.


All team members are expected to understand and embrace our mission statement, in particular how it is reflected in our commitment to respect and represent diverse ideas, races, genders, sexualities, abilities, cultures, religions, and traditions. Team members are to work in a manner that is consistent with this commitment and work to interrupt behaviors that hinder our diversity and inclusion efforts.


Key Responsibilities

Mentorship - 35%

  • Model and support BAYCAT’s mission, Visitacion Valley Middle School’s school handbook, and both organizations’ values

  • Mentor middle school-aged youth and support standards-based learning outcomes

  • Co-lead instruction along with the classroom teacher of digital media art class during their Spring, 10-week stop-motion animation unit

  • Co-design project-based learning timelines and manage youth progress through benchmarks 

  • Build a culture of trust and accountability and model emotionally intelligent communication


Producing & Project Management - 35%

  • Ensure that all student unit projects and benchmarks are completed to learning objectives  from conception to completion, in a timely fashion by the end of the unit in early May

  • Track youth’s completion rate and keep the classroom teacher and Associate Director of Education up to date with all students’ status and project progress using BAYCAT internal communication tools

  • Support with youth/caregiver communication, group feedback on projects, and engagement in class

  • Respond to parent and caregiver emails and phone calls promptly, warmly and professionally

  • Act as “co-producer” during production

  • Provide feedback that is appropriate for youth based on their social-emotional and artistic development and learning styles and that aligns with the school partner’s and BAYCAT's values of education and equity

  • Build​ ​and​ ​maintain​ productive ​relationships​ ​with​ school teaching and administrative staff 

  • Help create and document learning activities to share on social media


Curriculum Development & Ideation - 20%

  • Co-develop lesson plans for shorter periods on Monday and longer block periods on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (), 3 days a week during the school day for digital media arts class (8th graders) in collaboration with the VV MS classroom teacher

  • Integrate existing audio production curriculum (music production and podcasting) into planning and instruction

  • Ensure that the curriculum is aligned with the proposed outcomes and learning goals of the classroom teacher, BAYCAT Academy, and expected of DCYF’s Arts grantees 

  • Instruct and guide youth through the creative ideation production process of the stop motion unit, providing structured support for them to fully develop ideas and techniques

  • Collaborate closely with the Program Coordinator, Teaching Assistants, and BAYCAT Academy and Studio teams to provide an interactive and collaborative learning environment 

  • Attend regular meetings with the Associate Director of Education and meet lesson planning deadlines for revision and feedback in advance of instructional days

  • Stay current in regards to creative ideas to keep the creative and stop-motion production processes fresh and engaging for youth


Collaboration & Team Building - 10%

  • Demonstrate and report on deliverables and outcomes with support from the Associate Director of Education and Development Team

  • Collaborate closely with filmmaking mentors for possible crossover between projects, use of equipment, and scheduling

  • Collaborate with BAYCAT team members to continue to ensure the curriculum and learning environment align with anti-racist and neuro-affirming BAYCAT culture and practices

  • Reflect and engage in your own anti-racist journey and professional development individually and with the team

  • Engage and participate in BAYCAT team building activities, which may include Academy team meetings, Studio + Academy meetings, retreats, and other organizational gatherings, when schedule allows



  • Some experience in youth-based settings (i.e., teaching artist, afterschool, summer camp, or volunteer) and/or a strong interest in the teaching artist career pathway.

  • Experience creating lesson plans, detailed meeting agendas, or planning to facilitate community spaces.

  • Experience with and/or interest in learning how to create inclusive learning environments for youth with disabilities and social-emotional support needs.

  • Media production experience (specifically stop-motion animation).

  • Experience and managing production workflow using an iPad for stop motion is a plus! 

  • Is detail-oriented and a strong production coordinator. 

  • Would have a creative approach to teaching and a compassionate, patient demeanor.

  • Is knowledgeable of current trends in media arts and can refer youth to tools, technologies, and resources in the discipline.

  • Demonstrated commitment to using media as a tool to create positive community impact.

  • Is a reliable team player - shows up!

  • Sees the value of this temporary role for their own personal and professional growth.

  • Aligns with BAYCAT's anti-racist and inclusive values.



Please send a cover letter, resume, and step-by-step plan for an icebreaker (that you have either used as a facilitator in the past or would use with middle-school-aged youth) to

No phone calls, please. 

EOE. We strive for a workforce as diverse as the community we serve. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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