Afterschool and summer programs for at risk children and youth

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

Volunteer and Outreach 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, 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.  The Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator will work to strengthen community engagement in our afterschool and Read Aloud activities by recruiting and training youth through retirees as reading buddies and homework helpers.  They will also work closely with the Program Manager and Assistant Director on special events and programs, such as National Service events and our Middle School Buddies program.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Recruit volunteers through various means, including attending volunteer fairs, posting volunteer listings, etc.
  • Cultivate partnerships with area high schools, colleges, and community organizations for volunteer recruitment;
  • Train and supervise volunteers for Aspire!’s programs and activities, ensuring coordination with program staff;
  • Collaborate with Parent Connection Program to ensure adequate volunteer coverage during Buddy Nights;
  • Implement weekly volunteer-led Read Aloud program across sites;
  • Identify and implement methods to recruit youth, Baby Boomers and retired adults as volunteers;
  • Coordinate with Program Manager to support Middle School Buddies activities;
  • Plan and implement volunteer recognition activities, throughout the year and during National Volunteer Week.
  • Provide direct service to Aspire! programs to inform outreach and coordination efforts;
  • Develop reports on Volunteer and Outreach activities as 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
  • 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 2018 through August 2019
  • 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 morning and evening hours are required to fulfill school placement responsibilities and support volunteer activities and 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 $5,920 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, $1,333/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 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. Additionally, Corps Members will have significant autonomy and ownership over many aspects of programming and service  

TO APPLY
Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@aspireafterschool.org -subject line: Volunteer & Outreach AmeriCorps  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.