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
Founded in 1994 as Greenbrier Learning Center, Aspire! Afterschool Learning provides innovative, results-driven out-of-school time programs to support expanded learning opportunities to children at risk of falling into the achievement gap.

Learning ROCKS! is an original Aspire! program, serving 80 3rd-5th grade students each day after school across three program sites (two of which are in affordable housing developments), as well as implementing an intensive six-week, full-day summer camp. The Learning ROCKS! Program utilizes evidence-based methods to support students’ reading development and STEM/STEAM skills, as well as providing general homework help and fostering students’ social-emotional development.

Aspire!’s 2016-17 AmeriCorps team will be comprised of 13 full-time AmeriCorps Members. 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 at home. Toward this end, Aspire! partners closely with and supports both schools and parents. Specfically, AmeriCorps Members provide direct service 2-3 days/week at each of the schools where Aspire!’s students are enrolled, as well as implementing the daily Learning ROCKS! Program, after school and in the summer. And, Aspire!’s Parent Connection program provides relevant, topic-based workshops to help parents support their children’s education, as well as to develop their own skills and confidence.

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 2016 through August 2017
  • This is a full-time, 35-40 hours/week commitment
  • During the school year, general hours are form 10am – 6:30pm with a one-hour break for lunch.  Some morning and evening hours are required to fulfill school placement responsibilities and 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 $5,550 or an end-of-service stipend.
  • AmeriCorps Members receive time off for winter break and spring break, as well as 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

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.