Become a Youth Leader

Our mission depends on compassionate and dedicated Youth Leaders who help us create an equitable after-school environment and build authentic relationships with our youth. They are the lead staff for our programs, working in a supportive and driven team environment to help set underserved youth on the road to college and career.

Youth Leader Shares How On the Road Makes a Difference

Become a Youth Leader

Youth Leaders are the lead staff for the On the Road Collaborative middle and high school afterschool programs, and work with volunteers, teachers and families to deliver a high-quality program. Youth Leaders are responsible for leading youth through structured academic and enrichment programming.

Your primary responsibilities as a Youth Leader include:


Manage a class of about 15 middle or high school youth using a strong presence, clear, consistent learning procedures, and relevant and engaging activities.


Create a safe, positive learning environment that promotes our core values of focused effort, service, perseverance and courage.


Motivate youth to grow and succeed; getting to know each youth, providing encouragement and serving as a positive role model.


Serve as an academic coach; assisting youth with their homework, school assignments and helping them develop goals and organization skills.


Consistently prepared to implement lesson plans and teambuilding activities that consider the interests and needs of the group


Communicate professionally with families, teachers and community members about the program and work with them to strengthen support for youth.


Direct volunteers and utilize their abilities to help you deliver quality programming.

You can find a full job description here.

“As a JMU college student, On the Road provided me a unique opportunity as a Youth Leader to be a committed professional in the local community. I interacted with a wide range of stakeholders from teachers to volunteers to families and saw first hand the impact On the Road has on the young people we serve.”

— Avery Coleman, Graduate, JMU



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On the Road Collaborative (“On the Road”) is an equal opportunity employer. On the Road provides equal employment opportunities (“EEO”) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. On the Road complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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