AmeriCorps Community Service-Learning Education Fellowship (Philadelphia, PA)
- Job posted by The Choice Program at UMBC
Join us in addressing the conditions that prevent a just and equitable society. The Community- Service Learning Fellowship is a one year service-learning opportunity through UMBC's The Choice Program, Pride Youth Services and AmeriCorps. The mission of The Choice Program is to empower youth and engage families who are in need of supportive services. The mission is accomplished using a community-based approach which:
• Identifies and links the youth and families with social supports;
• Fosters caring relationships;
• Develops high expectations; and
• Provides meaningful participation.
The Fellow position is a 12-month service opportunity in a contractual position. The Fellow is a professional who actively supports the mission of The Choice Program and maintains a high level of commitment to staff members and school partners. Due to the nature of the workflow and youth needs, the Fellow maintains a flexible schedule, which goes beyond a 40-hour work week.
This unique fellowship program allows you to experience community as classroom by working in a team serving youth in an in-school, culturally aware model, in order to reduce the number of in-school arrests, suspensions and expulsions and increase attendance.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Working within a team model, the Fellow will share case management responsibilities for Pride Youth Services youth who attend group sessions at John Bartram and Murrell Dobbins High Schools. Responsibilities include: client intake and assessment interviews, establishment of goal-oriented education plans, co-facilitation of group sessions, classroom support (behavioral and tutoring), attendance support, as well as informal counseling and mentoring, outreach, and home visits for these youth.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES - GENERAL
- Serves as a positive Role Model for program youth
- Participates in team approach, sharing responsibility for youth services
- Participates in youth intake and assessment interviews
- Develops and maintains helping relationships with parent/guardian emphasizing youth goal setting
- Provides advocacy in the areas of education, vocation, legal and family intervention
- Plans and facilitates opportunities for meaningful participation
- With Supervisor and Casework team, develops educational service plan
- Establishes and maintains working relationships with community partners
- Makes referrals to community resources and provides follow-up services
- Ensures emergency care is provided when required
- Establishes aftercare plans and develops linkages to activity resources
- Transports youth in a safe and secure manner in matters related to service delivery
- Maintains communication with school staff
- Notifies supervisory staff immediately in the event of a youth crisis, suspected illegal activity or any other youth, fellow or program incident
- Completes required documentation in accordance with Choice format and timetables (i.e.: youth related reports, daily logs, personnel documentation
- Adheres to program personnel and procedure manuals and to Choice confidentiality policies
- Maintains program equipment (i.e. cell phones, computers, etc.)
- Engages in self-evaluation to develop professional goals and participates in supervisory sessions
The Choice Program reviews and monitors Fellows' activities to ensure that all Fellows are abiding by the AmeriCorps regulations related to prohibited activities.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES- ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR
- Monitors attendance of youth in the program
- Monitor in school behaviors
- Supervision and coaching of youth in school settings
- Provide wraparound case management for youth to ensure their success in the education program (includes assessment and transportation needs)
- Attend IEP and other school meetings
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES- SUMMER
- Implements education services for Choice youth
- Provide appropriate education case management for Choice youth
- Provides direct education skills training to youth
- Develops and maintains relationships with families
- Work with community volunteers and interns in a leadership capacity
- Through a team approach, ensures program youth receive quality services
- Develops and coordinates educational resources and opportunities for youth
- Promotes positive program visibility in the community
- Develops and leads youth education support groups
- Bachelor’s Degree Required
- U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency required
- Must have legally-registered vehicle for service use, valid state driver’s license and required automobile insurance
- Commitment to 1 year of Community Service-Learning
- Must maintain flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends
- Ability to serve individually and as a team member
- Possesses good oral and written communication skills
- Ability to project a positive attitude
Note: This is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon renewal of the grant
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
$24,930 living allowance with health benefits and mileage reimbursement. Eligible for AmeriCorps Educational Award of $5,920 upon completion of service. May be eligible for loan forbearance.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please apply directly through UMBC's website, using the above link.
For more information on our organization and the AmeriCorps experience visit our website, http://www.choiceprograms.org.