TITLE: AmeriCorps Member
ROLECollege & Career Ambassador
PROGRAMPromise Corps
STATUS: Stipend
REPORTS TO: Promise Corps Site Supervisor

START DATE: 12/17/2018

END DATE: 5/15/2019

 

HISTORY & MISSION

The mission of Promise Corps is to contribute to high quality schools by holding rigorous expectations of students, serving as college-going role models, and collaborating powerfully with teachers, parents, and the wider community.

The Promise Corps program offers the first partnership in the nation between two Promise Zones to join together in services for youth in high poverty communities. These Zones, in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, are two of only three urban areas selected in the first round of the Promise Zone signature Obama Administration initiative in 2014. The project will target key goals of the White House My Brother’s Keeper Initiative with a focus to ensure that boys and young men of color graduate from high school ready for college and career, and work their way into the middle class. Bolstered by public-private partnerships led by the Mayors of Los Angeles and Philadelphia, this AmeriCorps program will train and place College and Career Ambassadors (CCAs) with the highest need students at Promise Zone high schools to prepare them for postsecondary opportunities. In Philadelphia Promise Corps is currently hosted at West Philadelphia High School, High School of the Future, Overbrook High School and Sayre High School with the potential for additional sites in the upcoming school year.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a 6-month service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. In this role, members will fulfill a full-time service opportunity in our schools across West Philadelphia. Supporting communities’ critical needs in education, Promise Corps members dedicate 900 hours of volunteer service per term in exchange for leadership, career development, and a living stipend provided by our AmeriCorps grant. AmeriCorps is an exciting opportunity for service-minded individuals who are passionate about education and the nonprofit sector. For more information, please visit www.americorps.gov

OVERVIEW

The College and Career Ambassador will serve full time (completing 900 hours of service) over the course of 6 months, working closely with high school students and their families to ensure that they graduate with strong skill sets, and gain a clear understanding of different post-secondary options.

Promise Corps CCAs will work with students in grades 10-12 who have been identified as needing support. Each member will be assigned to a host school and will work with guidance counselors, teachers and school staff to develop both short and long term plans leading to graduation and post-secondary entry.  Services begin with five introductory workshops for a baseline understanding of post-secondary options. From there, CCAs will conduct individual advising sessions with their students, throughout the school year, in order to develop a plan leading to one of the five post-secondary options.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Post-Secondary Planning and Support

  • Providing engaging small group workshops and 1:1 sessions to increase student awareness of post-secondary options and their requirements
  • Managing a caseload of up to 40 students to ensure each has an Individual Student Success Plan  
  • Designing and facilitating workshops on post-secondary education options: the four systems of higher education, college application process, financial aid, and career exploration
  • Working with school staff and teachers to implement the Individual Student Success Plan model and workshop series.
  • Facilitating interest assessments to identify student goals and targeted post-secondary options
  • Maintaining records of student information by tracking, logging and entering workshop / 1:1 hours / time spent with students in central database
  • Developing field trips and events that include college visits, financial aid application assistance and a graduation ceremony.
  • Designing, coordinating, and implementing parent workshops at key school sites

Academic Support

  • Providing tutoring and homework support under direction of teachers with a focus on STEM.
  • Coaching students around short and long-term academic goals by reviewing students transcripts and report cards
  • Working closely with partner teacher(s) and other school staff to identify the right support systems for individual students
  • Participating in school trainings, professional development and department meetings

Other duties, including but not limited to:

  • Service project development
  • Coordination of college and campus visits
  • Participation in member development (including but not limited to trainings, professional development, workshops)
  • Completion of 900 national service hours over 6 months
  • Attendance at a “Swearing in” and “Graduation” Ceremony
  • Commitment to understanding the Promise Corps  program model, and current educational best practices

ELIGIBILITY

  • Be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma, and possess US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • Have a college degree – associates or above
  • Pass Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • Clear a National Criminal History Check, California Criminal History Check, Criminal History Check in your current state of residence (if different than California), and National Sex Offender Registry check
  • Served less than 4 terms of any length in another AmeriCorps State or National Program

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or other national service experience
  • Have experience volunteering with other community based or education programs
  • Commitment to YPI / Promise Corps  mission and vision
  • Interest in working with school-age children and teens
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to independently manage tasks and schedule
  • Demonstrated success with constituent relations skills (volunteers, teachers, parents)
  • Flexibility and adaptability to manage tasks in a fluid and ambiguous environment
  • Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to travel within a defined geographic region
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with school personnel, after school personnel, program officers, evaluators, parents, students and community professionals
  • Ability to coordinate programming in areas such as post-secondary education options, financial aid, career exploration through workshops, events, individual and small group counseling and classroom presentation
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus
  • CPR/First Aid certification is a plus

BENEFITS

This position is part of the AmeriCorps service program. As an AmeriCorps member, you will serve your community through YPI’s Promise Corps and receive a modest, living allowance of at least $6,000 for serving a half term of service, ($598.00 bi-weekly) as well as health benefits and personal days. Childcare assistance is available through AmeriCorps for those who qualify. Members may be eligible for student loan forbearance on federal student loans.

Additionally, at the successful completion of your service term, AmeriCorps Members are eligible for an education award of approximately $3,047.50 to be used for college, trade school, or other educational expenses, including qualified federal loans. For more information, please visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.

SCHEDULE

Monday through Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm. Additional evening and weekend hours as needed for events, school activities and additional service days and projects.  Start date: 12/17/2018  End date: 5/15/2019

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please click on the following link for the AmeriCorps Member application:  PROMISE CORPS APPLICATION

If you are being considered for this position we will reach out via email with a screening form to complete prior to scheduling an in person interview. Interviewing via skype is offered to any out of state applicants.