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AmeriCorps YOUth Serve Member

Job Details

Y.O.U. Headquarters - Evanston, IL
Not Specified

Service Opportunity

The Serve Members will:

Direct Service (70%)

  • Implement and facilitate a variety of enrichment activities on a daily basis including but not limited to social justice, anti- racist, cultural, artistic, physical fitness, STEM, adolescent identity and self-exploration, and other academic enrichment activities on a daily basis.
  • Collaborate with the out-of-school time team to design, develop, implement and differentiate curriculum for elementary or middle school aged youth.
  • Integrate and adapt educational best practices and curriculum during programs.
  • Deliver small group instruction and homework help in a safe and structured environment including but not limited to one on one academic support for students.
  • Provide individual and small group tutoring sessions in partnering schools.
  • Incorporate feedback from Y.O.U. out-of-school time leadership and school district administrators.
  • Create and set classroom management expectations and agreements.
  • Engage youth in meaningful service learning projects.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with youth that support their success and well-being in and out of school time.
  • Build healthy positive relationships with each other, with adults, and with their families.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and hosting periodic family nights.
  • Assist in planning, coordinating and transporting youth on field trips.
  • Coordinate and implement Y.O.U. summer learning camps.
  • Apply knowledge and skills learned during out-of-school time training in direct service activities.

Administrative Work (in support of Direct Service) (20%)

  • Assist with monthly program attendance input and reporting.
  • Create monthly newsletters and calendars to send out to program families.
  • Attend weekly site-based team meetings, bi-weekly grade level team meetings and monthly direct service team meetings.
  • Complete assessments as needed in support of OST data and evaluation efforts.
  • Assist with daily snack prep for the program.
  • Inventory and supply shop for educational program supplies on an on-going basis.

Training & Other (10%)

  • Attend all AmeriCorps cohort meetings and training as scheduled.
  • Attend all in-house OST department professional development training.
  • Work with the After-School Program Manager to align individual goals with OST department goals.
  • Strategize and collaborate with After School Program Managers to identify and attend external training opportunities. Implement knowledge and skills learned into the OST curriculum and program.
  • Opportunity to carry a pager as assigned and be available to respond to crisis housing service requests in a timely manner in rotation with other staff and outside of direct service hours.

Develop crucial career and life skills: The Serve Member term of service offers a unique opportunity for growth for individuals thinking about a career in youth development, education or social work. Members will develop their leadership skills and enhance their understanding of youth development and support in a non-profit environment.

Requirements and Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least 17 years of age
  • A high school graduate or GED recipient
  • A US citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid driver's license or willingness to obtain one
  • Able to pass a background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in education, human development, family studies, sociology, or other related field.
  • Previous experience working with elementary, middle or high school aged youth.
  • Interest, experience and commitment in pursuing a career in education, social services or other youth facing services.
  • Strong connection to Y.O.U. mission and values.
  • Ability to provide asset-based learning in youth centered programming.
  • Creative and innovative facilitation skills.
  • Strong social-emotional intelligence, teamwork, leadership, and technological skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact with individuals from a wide range of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding of race, privilege, power and other systems of oppression that impacts youth, communities and school systems. Ability to use this knowledge to provide culturally responsive programming.
  • Bilingual, preferably Spanish, Arabic or Urdu.

Preferred Skills

  • Punctuality
  • Flexibility
  • Self Reflection
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong Communication (verbal and written)