Volunteer opportunity posted by: Goodwill AmeriCorps Program
Posted on: November 26, 2012
Great Strides Rural Education Corps Overview:
Great Strides places members in rural Schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont 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, other schools, resources. The Great Strides program will seek to increase the number of youth who have improved their school attendance over the course of the AmeriCorps program's involvement with the student, the number of students graduating from high school on time with a diploma and the number of students entering post-secondary institutions.
Host Site Overview:
Sumner Memorial High School has an enrollment of 260 students and approximately 50 staff. SMHS is a comprehensive 9-12 high school offering academics, athletics, and clubs. In 2011-12 we will be entering our second year of a federal School Improvement Grant. Our school improvement focus is on student-centered learning that engages, challenges and supports all students. SMHS is located in rural Maine surrounded by stunning natural beauty to include the ocean, lakes, streams, forests, and mountains. Bangor, Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are all short distances away. Visit school website at http://www.rsu24.org/schools/smhs/newindex.html
Position Title: Mentor and Academic Support Specialist
Immediate Supervisor: Tom Wissink
Host Site Location: Sullivan, Maine
Term of Service: 1700 Hour Position–November 30, 2012 through October 18, 2013
X Mentor Program Coordination
X Academic Support Program 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. 750 students will start an educational program supported by the member.
Intermediate Outcome: 175 students who had been identified as needing support to enroll in post secondary education will enroll in post secondary education due to their work with the stipended member or a program managed by the member.
Intermediate Outcome: 120 students identified as needing support to graduate from high school will graduate from high school.
Output: Stipended members will support a caseload of at-risk students to increase educational attainment. 500 of the 750 students who started the program will "complete" participation by receiving at least one hour of intervention per week for at least 6 months in the education program supported by the member.
Intermediate Outcome: 180 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.
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:
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).
Site Benefits: Full participant in district and school provided professional development.
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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