Volunteer opportunity posted by: Goodwill AmeriCorps Program
Posted on: November 26, 2012
Granite State Education Corps Overview:
Granite State places members in schools and non-profits throughout the state of New Hampshire, in both rural and urban communities. Members may serve both in school, as well as out-of-school or after-school in order to increase student education attainment through: 1) Mentoring programs and increased mentor relationships, 2) Academic Support, 3) Service Learning opportunities, and 4) Outreach to the community, such as connecting with businesses, schools, and resources and by recruiting and coordinating volunteers. The Granite State Education Corps program will seek to increase the number of youth who have improved their school attendance, increase the academic performance of students, and decrease the incidents of disciplinary referrals given to students over the course of the AmeriCorps program's involvement with the student.
Host Site Overview:
New Heights is the Seacoast's largest, most comprehensive out-of-school program for young people between the ages of 11 to 18 (those entering 6th grade to those in 12th.) Our over arching mission is to help teens make a successful transition to adulthood. We do this by providing teens with health-related opportunities and programs that foster respect for themselves, others, and the environment.
New Heights offers fun, healthy, challenging, safe activities for middle and high school students after school, during school vacations and during the summer. New Heights Teen Center is located at the Community Campus in Portsmouth and open to all Seacoast teens.
Position Title: Mentorship Specialist and Community Outreach Representative
Immediate Supervisor: Megan Rice
Host Site Location: 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Term of Service: 1700 Hour Position–November 30th 2012 through October 18rd 2013
Site Specific Qualifications:
X Mentor Program Coordination
X Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordination
Site Specific Essential Functions
Performance Outcomes: Performance data will be collected through quarterly reports around the following measures (#'s are program totals):
Output: Stipended members will support a caseload of at-risk students to increase educational attainment. 420 students will start an educational program supported by the member.
Intermediate Outcome: Of the 420 students, 320 will show improvement in their academic performance through pre and post testing.
Output: Stipended members will support a caseload of at-risk students to increase educational attainment. Members will serve a case load of 650 youth. Of those; 600 will successfully complete participation by receiving at least one hour of intervention per week for at least 6 months in the program supported by the member.
Intermediate Outcome: 20 students previously identified as being truant (10 days absent in total or 7 consecutive school days absent) will have improved school attendance (meet school attendance policies) as measured by reviewing student attendance records.
Intermediate Outcome: Out of 100 students with a history of disciplinary referrals; 65 students will have decreased or no disciplinary referrals and suspensions over the course of the AmeriCorps program's involvement
Work Schedule/Working Conditions: 35 - 40 hour week - Includes some weekend and evening hours. Fast paced environment with various deadlines and multiple internal and external stakeholders. Work is performed in schools, out in the community, in government agencies, and in non-profit settings among people of all ages. Members will work both in an office setting; using computer, copier, fax, and general office equipment, as well as work directly with youth and community members. Because of the nature of the project and rural geography, personal transportation is encouraged.
Working Relationships/Support: Member will be provided support by the direct Supervisor and Host Site Organization as well as the AmeriCorps Staff. Member will receive a thorough on-site and AmeriCorps Orientation, Host Site specific training and training on a variety of topics related to work within a nonprofit setting. Various reporting will be required of the member throughout the term by the AmeriCorps Staff regarding member performance, completion of goals, training accomplishments, and continuous improvement of our program.
Under the law, AmeriCorps members may not take part in the following activities during their AmeriCorps service hours. Members may also not engage in the following activities indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the listed prohibited activities:
You may exercise your rights as a private citizen to participate in these activities on your own time and at your own initiative, but you may not use any AmeriCorps funds or resources, and you may not wear the AmeriCorps uniform or logo while doing so. You may not be perceived to be serving as an AmeriCorps member while participating in these activities.
Vulnerable Populations: This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations (individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, children).
AmeriCorps Member Benefits
All AmeriCorps positions have a living allowance of $12,100 evenly divided over the course of their 10.5 month term, health insurance coverage from the first day of service to the last day of the last month of their term, and a $5,550 education award (upon completion) to apply to previous federal student loans or continuing education costs at an institution that accepts the GI Bill. Applicable student loans can be put in forbearance and any interest accrued during the term will be paid by AmeriCorps. Members are covered under health insurance and workers compensation. Eligible members can also apply for child care reimbursement. Mileage to AmeriCorps Sponsored Training events will be reimbursed to members. The local host site will reimburse mileage expenses associated with project related travel at the rate which they reimburse their staff. Members also receive significant professional and personal development training.
See www.americorps.gov for more information of AmeriCorps service.
This position is unique to AmeriCorps and does not displace organization staff or volunteers.//
*Individuals with disabilities who may need reasonable accommodations are expected to make arrangements in advance for accommodation by confidentially discussing their needs with AmeriCorps Program Staff. All hiring decisions are based on nondiscriminatory factors without regard to race, color, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or status as a veteran. We promote a positive and healthy working environment with respect for diversity.
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