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About NYC Kids RISE
NYC Kids RISE is a nonprofit organization working to expand economic opportunity and equity by providing families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for their children’s education. The Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program designed to make college more accessible and achievable for all NYC public school students, starting with all kindergartners in School District 30 in Queens—regardless of their family’s income or immigration status.
College savings is a key part of a family’s overall financial health – but it is not the only part. Families often have to weigh saving for college against emergency savings, retirement savings, paying off debts, and other financial priorities. At the same time, research shows that children with even a small savings account of $1 to $500 are three times more likely to enroll in college and more than four times more likely to graduate. Research also shows that children who attend college earn a significantly higher salary over their lifetimes and are less likely to be unemployed.
By providing upfront scholarships to every student, tools and information for families to develop their own college savings plan, and a platform for communities to save together, the Save for College Program empowers families to begin saving and planning for college from their child’s very first days of school. There are many ways to save for college, and the Save for College Program provides tools and options for families to choose the college savings account that makes sense for them.
In partnership with the City of New York and the New York City Department of Education, NYC Kids RISE launched the Save for College Program in School District 30 in Queens in Fall 2017, the first year of a three-cohort pilot that aims to enroll approximately 10,000 kindergartners. School District 30 includes the neighborhoods of Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter’s Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside. Following this pilot, NYC Kids RISE hopes to expand the Save for College Program to all NYC public schools.
Learn more about NYC Kids RISE and the Save for College Program at nyckidsrise.org.
About the Neighborhood Ambassadors Program
The Neighborhood Ambassador Program is a new one-year program for individuals interested in partnering with NYC Kids RISE in supporting District 30 children to realize their college dreams. Neighborhood Ambassadors will join the founding NYC Kids RISE team to both build and execute the program in its foundational year. Joining this team will involve receiving training about various college savings account options, recruiting parents and guardians to attend workshops on the next steps on their college savings planning journey, and educating parents and families about the college savings planning process. Members of the Neighborhood Ambassador program will have the unique opportunity to become familiar with college savings account options, as well as learn more about ideas for saving money and financial health. Neighborhood Ambassadors should both be familiar with at least one of the District 30 neighborhoods (Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter’s Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside) and have an interest in community-building and working directly with parents/guardians of School District 30 students. Applicants should be excited to support the mission and goals of NYC Kids RISE.
NYC Kids RISE expects to hire six part-time (15-19.5 hours per week) Neighborhood Ambassadors to work with the NYC Kids RISE Community Engagement Managers over the course of 2018-2019 (one year). There may be opportunities to continue after the first year is complete.
Key responsibilities of the Neighborhood Ambassador include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Attending an orientation, led by NYC Kids RISE Community Engagement Managers, to learn more about college savings account options, the NYC Scholarship Accounts, and NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program basics;
- Becoming fluent in college savings account workshop materials to answer questions from parents/guardians in real time;
- Providing feedback and generating new ideas for ways that NYC Kids RISE can empower parents/guardians to achieve and meet their college savings goals and how parent/guardians can work together to achieve and meet their goals;
- Recruiting parents and guardians to attend college savings workshops;
- Conducting meetings with parent/guardians to discuss savings goals;
- Work with our Hotline and answer phone calls from stakeholders;
- Sharing resources with parents/guardians to support them in college savings planning;
- Providing one-on-one navigational and technical support for parents/guardians in viewing their scholarship accounts and linking college savings accounts;
- Attending and leading brainstorming sessions for other Neighborhood Ambassadors and NYC Kids RISE Team Members and community stakeholders to determine ways to improve the Program;
- Supporting the collaboration and coordination with other community organizations to ensure community awareness and understanding of Program;
- Supporting NYC Kids RISE Community Engagement Managers in leading presentations and workshops by:
- Helping parents/guardians navigate NYC Scholarship Account enrollment process in-person;
- Being responsible for any follow-ups from the workshops; and
- Arriving at workshop location early to help with setup and staying after to assist with cleanup.
- Availability for a one time all-day training; must be available some evenings (4-8PM), some early mornings (8AM-11AM), and some weekends;
- Must be available for 2 hour monthly, evening meetings at NYC Kids Rise Offices
- Must be available to work 15 - 19.5 hours per week
- Must have strong oral and/or written communications skills.
- Familiarity and / or connection with one or more of the School District 30 neighborhoods (Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter’s Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside, and Woodside).
- Bilingual in either Spanish, Bangla, or Arabic;
- Can travel throughout District 30;
- Interest in financial empowerment and financial health;
- Interest in and experience with providing educational support about personal finances, savings goals, education, or related topics;
- Interest in and comfort with public speaking;
- Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in increasing educational opportunities and long-term financial security for New York City families;
- Comfort with the Internet;
- Experience with helping friends, neighbors, communities to improve opportunities; and
- Ability to lift and transport materials (5 lbs).
- Interest in working with specific communities such a public housing communities and English language learners
Please submit resume and a short statement about why you are excited and qualified for this position to email@example.com. Please list the name of the position, “Neighborhood Ambassador”, in the subject of your email.
Minimum Education Required