Afterschool and summer programs for at risk children and youth

 
Building on the legacy of Greenbrier Learning Center,
out-of-school time programs for 3rd-5th grade students
at-risk of falling into the achievement gap.


Parent and Community Position
Terms of Service

This is a full-time, stipended community service position.

BACKGROUND
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, serving 80 3rd-5th grade students each day after school across three sites, as well as 80 students during the six-week, full-day summer camp. The Learning ROCKS! Curriculum focuses heavily on language arts and reading, as
well as the following three themes: academic and study skills; life-skills; and community and culture. Finally, Aspire emphasizes arts and creativity as a means of self-expression for students as well as accessing and internalizing academic content in new and meaningful ways. 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Coordinate Parent Connection Program activities at three Aspire sites.  Plan workshops to fall within specific program themes, including securing partner organizations to conduct workshops;
  • Recruit parents and adults to participate in Parent Connection and other relevant programs/activities;
  • Support parents and adults in the community, including making referrals for other services as needed; 
  • Conduct periodic focus groups with residents and adult participants to determine interest and need; 
  • Support collaboration among Aspire's community partners with regard to adult/parent programming; 
  • Implement regular program evaluations to determine program effectiveness; 
  • Provide translation and interpretation for workshops and other activities as needed; 
  • Develop and share reports on Parent Connection Program activities, as required; 
  • Provide periodic direct service support to the Learning ROCKS! Afterschool & Summer Program; 
  • Travel regularly across sites (all within 1.5 miles of each other); personal transportation helpful but not required; 
  • Participate in required AmeriCorps and/or National Days of Service projects; and 
  • Comply with all applicable rules, regulations, and agreements of the organization.
  
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien
  • High school graduate or equivalent, at least 17 years old
  • Commitment to local,community-based organizations
  • Confidence in leading and facilitating adult groups and discussion
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Professional communication skills - ability to interact well with children, parents, community members/partners, volunteers, and program staff
  • Interest in and sensitivity to working with people from a variety, of cultures and ethnic groups
  • Bilingual Spanish and English skills, including reading, writing, and conversation required
  • Self-motivated, independent, and resourceful 
  • A great sense of humor!
  
IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL ALSO HAVE
  • 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
  
TIME COMMITMENT
  • Term of Service: August 2017 through August 2018
  • This is a full-time, 40 hours/week commitment
  • During the school year, general hours are form 10am – 6:30pm with a one-hour break for lunch.  Some evening hours are required to support the Parent Connection Program.
  
BENEFITS
  • AmeriCorps Members who successfully complete a 1,700 hour term of service are eligible to receive either an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,755 or an end-of-service stipend.
  • AmeriCorps Members receive time off for winter break and spring break, as well as 10 personal days off. 
  • Additional benefits include training, $1,055/month living stipend, health care benefits, and student-loan forbearance or deferment. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.
  • Aspire! is committed to strengthening AmeriCorps 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. Additionally, AmeriCorps Members will have significant autonomy and ownership over various aspects of programming and service.
  • Aspire! is able to offer housing assistance on a limited basis to AmeriCorps Members who qualify for affordable housing.
  
TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@aspireafterschool.org - subject line: Parent and Community AmeriCorps 2017-18  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.