Afterschool and summer programs for at risk children and youth

Learning Links AmeriCorps Member (300 Hour)
Terms of Service

This is a stipended community service position.

Aspire! Afterschool expands learning opportunities that help young people fulfill their potential through afterschool and summer learning programs that support and connect families, schools, and communities.

Learning ROCKS! is an original Aspire! program, achieving real results for more than 100 3rd-5th grade students at risk of falling into the achievement gap through daily afterschool and summer programs. Each year, more than 90% of our students improve their reading instructional levels. Aspire!'s flagship Learning ROCKS! Program supports upper-elementary students' general academic achievement and social-emotional development, placing a heavy emphasis on helping students to develop both their reading skills and a love of reading. The Learning Links AmeriCorps Program provides a critical link across the three main aspects of a child’s daily experience: at school; after school and in the summer; and at home/in the community.  Toward this end, Aspire partners closely with and supports both schools and parents. Each AmeriCorps Member will work closely with their team to implement the Learning ROCKS! Program, providing expanded learning opportunities to students. Corps Members are an integral part of the Learning ROCKS! Program, actively planning weekly schedules, implementing lesson plans, leading literature circles and homework groups, and more.

  • Plan and implement Learning ROCKS! program lessons in collaboration with program staff and provide direct support and services to approximately 20-40 students each day, including appropriate supervision and assistance during homework completion time and recreational activities.
  • Plan and implement full-day summer camp lessons, activities, guest speakers, and field trips.
  • Provide childcare, programming, and other support to the Parent Connection program 1-2 evenings/month.
  • Achieve program goals in close collaboration with the Program Manager and/or Site Coordinator and support program staff in collecting and maintaining program data.
  • Provide meaningful guidance and support for Learning ROCKS! volunteers.
  • Help in daily maintenance of the Aspire! program sites.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians and visitors in a professional and meaningful manner.
  • Actively contribute to a Community of Practice that identifies and refines best practices in child and youth programming.
  • Complete monthly AmeriCorps service reflections.
  • Participate in required AmeriCorps and/or National Days of Service projects.
  • Comply with all applicable rules, regulations, and agreements of the organization.
  • U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien
  • High school graduate or equivalent, at least 17 years old
  • Experience working with children in a structured setting
  • Commitment to local, community-based organizations
  • Self-motivated, independent, flexible, and resourceful
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Professional communication skills – ability to interact well with children, parents, teachers, volunteers, and program staff
  • A great sense of humor!
  • College degree and/or course work in Education, Social Work, or similar field
  • Bilingual (Spanish/Arabic/Amharic/other and English) skills, including reading, writing, and conversation
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of child development and primary education fields
  • Experience in positive behavioral modification practices for individuals and groups of children
  • Experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations
  • Term of Service: May/June 2019 - August 2019; 300 hours of service
  • 40 hours per week commitment (Roughly 10am - 6:30pm each day)
  • Eligible for a $960 - 1,334/month stipend and a Segal Education Award of $1,289. 
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment; 
  • Corps Members receive time off for winter break, spring break as well as personal days off; and
  • Aspire is committed to strengthening Corps Members’ professional and personal development.
    Corps Members will receive training in a variety of topics including: content areas, tutoring skills,
    child development, behavior management, education theory, leadership skills, and team building
Send a cover letter and resume to – subject line: AmeriCorps Learning Links and please fill out this brief AmeriCorps Application.

Aspire!’s Learning Links AmeriCorps Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and is contingent upon funding approval.

Aspire! shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services.