AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Lynn AmeriCorps Program is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in organizations throughout Lynn, MA to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among immigrant students.
About United Way:
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is advancing the common good in our region by providing help today in ways that strengthen tomorrow. Our work ensures that children are ready to learn when they enter school, stay engaged in learning and graduate able to compete, and are nurtured by families that have the financial stability to support both their basic needs and future success. No other single organization has the scope, expertise, and influence to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.
Fifteen AmeriCorps members will complete a year of service in Lynn, MA, from September 2014 to August 2015. Corps members will be placed in community agencies throughout Lynn to provide direct support to English Language Learning students and/or their families. Activities and engagement include academic support, tutoring, mentoring, college awareness and preparation, family support, and legal representation and outreach on immigration, education and related issues.
Collectively, the work of the Corps members will help to ensure a holistic approach throughout the community in order to reduce the barriers to academic success among immigrant children and their families. Corps members will be supervised by both their host organization and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Program Manager.
HOST SITE NAME: Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc. (CLCM)
About Host Site: The Children' Law Center of Massachusetts is a non-profit that protects and advances the rights of low-income, high-risk children, from newborns to 22 years, by offering free legal assistance and related services before the courts and administrative agencies of the Commonwealth in abuse & neglect, education, immigration, mental health and juvenile justice matters. A primary focus area of the Law Center over the past four years, and the subject of this United Way/AmeriCorps Project, is the representation of unaccompanied immigrant children, primarily from Central America, in custody, education, and immigration cases. For more information about the Children's Law Center, visit www.clcm.org
BRIEF DESCRIPTION of POSITION:
Children's Law Center's unique AmeriCorps position seeks a high-talent individual interested in experiencing service in a legal, non-profit setting. The one-year program is appropriate for someone considering a legal, counseling, or social work career. The AmeriCorps position is for a set term of one year.
The AmeriCorps member will work closely with a CLCM staff attorney to serve a Lynn-based community of unaccompanied immigrant children, primarily from Central America's Northern Triangle-El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, on issues such as defending against deportation and securing education, health care and basic sustenance services. Specific functions of the member will involve outreach, translation, research, resource gathering, collaborations with other AmeriCorps providers, and various policy-based endeavors.
Essential Position Responsibilities
- Conduct outreach to unaccompanied immigrant youth, families and providers.
- Work with CLCM attorneys to provide legal representation to unaccompanied immigrant youth in immigration cases, including conducting interviews, preparing applications, and locating appropriate social services for children.
- Assist Children's Law Center legal staff with advocacy and representation around education services, health and mental health care, child welfare and related matters.
- Handle intake calls and walk-ins regarding issues affecting children. Provide information and make referrals of youth and caretakers to appropriate community service and social service agencies. Create community education materials in various substantive areas.
- Develop an expertise in the local and regional support system for unaccompanied immigrant youth: Share such knowledge and train staff of other community agencies on these issues.
- Collect and compile information, resources and data regarding short and long-term outcomes of unaccompanied immigrant youth, and prepare written reports as needed. Attend and participate in community meetings, local coalitions and trainings focused on issues that affect unaccompanied immigrant youth.
- Collaborate with community partners and other AmeriCorps members to enhance service delivery through CLCM.
- Provide translation services as needed within office and at formal hearings.
AmeriCorps Service Requirements:
- § Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service over the course of one year
- § Satisfactorily complete host site service project
- § Attend all Corps wide training and work sessions
- § Maintain a service Portfolio
- § Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and reporting
Qualifications of Ideal Candidate
- BA/BS strongly preferred
- Fluency in Spanish required
- Commitment to economic and social justice
- Commitment to and experience working with an immigrant community
- Experience with and passion for working with low-income persons, children and/or teens from immigrant communities
- Warm, empathetic personality with ability to engender trust among diverse, often fearful clients
- Resourcefulness, creativity, initiative, as well as tact and discretion.
- Excellent communication and organizational skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to prioritize and multi-task.
- § Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
- § Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
- § Proven leadership and project management abilities
- § A passion for national and community service
- § Positive attitude, flexibility and adaptability
- § Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
- § $12,635 taxable living allowance will be made in bi-weekly installments
- § Fully paid health insurance
- § Training and networking opportunities among a groups of Corps members and other non profit professionals
- § Access to resources available at United Way of Massachusetts Bay
- § $5,550.00 Education Award upon completion of service
PO Box 710
298 Union Street
Lynn, MA, US 01903
Start and end dates:September 2016- August 2017
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons
Days of week:Weekdays
Extra details:Stipend provided