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Serve Maryland youth! Mentoring and advocacy AmeriCorps opportunity with The Choice Program at UMBC

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Are you motivated to serve your community? Do you want to tackle social justice issues in a meaningful way? Are you dedicated to personal growth and the growth of those around you? Join us for a transformative year of service investing in youth, supporting families, and building community.


The Basics

This AmeriCorps position is a one-year, paid, service-learning opportunity through UMBC's The Choice Program and The Shriver Center. Our AmeriCorps Members serve as advocates and work to connect families to self-identified, needed resources and reinforce a strengths-based, anti-racist, approach to youth development.

The Choice Program’s guiding principle is anti-racism, which we uphold through our accountability to the following values: 1) being youth-centered, 2) dismantling hierarchies, 3) practicing holistic development, and 4) believing in humanity. AmeriCorps members collaborate on teams that serve youth through individualized, strengths-based services and focus on restorative practices.

Choice has served Maryland’s youth for over 30 years and currently has several exciting service opportunities based in the Greater Baltimore area, Prince George's County, Howard County, and Montgomery County.


What You’d Do

Serving within a team model, AmeriCorps members share case management responsibilities for program youth, including welcoming them into the program through intake meetings, helping them to set goals for their time with Choice, checking in with them along the way through service plans, connecting them with community resources, and offering classroom and/or legal support. You’ll make meaningful connections with the young people you serve, offering informal counseling/mentoring on recreational outings, community service activities, arts programming, home visits and beyond.

To us, youth development means: being available to our youth consistently, often making visits to meet with them on a daily basis; using a strengths-based approach to promote positive self-image; using a holistic approach to honor every aspect of a person’s life; developing high expectations and holding youth accountable to their own progress on goals; forming a mentoring relationship that is built on trust and rapport; engaging with families and assisting as a communication link; fostering self-sufficiency by building life-skills; providing opportunities for meaningful engagement through structured after-school, weekend and summer activities.

Service is completed collaboratively at Choice, from case management of youth to organizational decision making. In addition to day-to-day case management responsibilities, you’ll participate in cooperative projects, team-based decision making, and organizational committees.

Due to the nature of the workflow and youth needs, AmeriCorps members must be flexible with their schedules. Members should expect some weeks to include serving hours beyond a 40-hour week.


You’ll serve your full year of service in one of two programs

Department of Juvenile Services Intensive Advocacy: This program aims to keep youth out of detention centers and connected to their communities. This is carried out through the service plan model, supporting youth in creating and attaining personal goals that bolster their personal success and aid in disentanglement with the juvenile justice system. (Locations: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County, Howard County, and Montgomery County)

Choice Jobs: This program provides youth with job readiness training in a classroom and workplace setting. This is carried out in our three social enterprise locations as well as through partnerships with community employers. (Location: Baltimore City)


Requirements

Use of personal, insured vehicle for work duties.

Availability on nights and weekends.

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.


What’s in it for me?

$24,930 living stipend with health benefits and mileage reimbursement at 56c/mile. Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,195. SNAP and childcare eligibility. May be eligible for loan forbearance.


This commitment offers you the chance to gain a wealth of experience in the fields of education, case management, youth development, human services, and social justice. During a service year, AmeriCorps members establish networks in the nonprofit and public sector and, most importantly, make an impact on the lives of youth.


AmeriCorps members are supported by a structured training program to develop their leadership in human services.

COVID-19 Vaccination

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Further information is available at: https://covid19.umbc.edu/vaccine/


APPLY HERE!

https://listings.umbc.edu/cw/en-us/job/493423/americorps-member

https://listings.umbc.edu/ Search "Choice Program" to view all open positions at Choice


Connect with us!

Our Website: http://www.choiceprograms.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheChoiceProgram/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/choicevoices/


(Choice accepts AmeriCorps applications on a rolling basis--we are currently interviewing applicants with start dates in the Spring and Summer of 2021. We also have a position open immediately in Rockville, MD for a candidate who is proficient in Spanish.)


Are you motivated to serve your community? Do you want to tackle social justice issues in a meaningful way? Are you dedicated to personal growth and the growth of those around you? Join us for a transformative year of service investing in youth…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

$24,930 - $24,930

Benefits

$24,930 living allowance with health benefits and mileage reimbursement at 56c/mi. Eligible for AmeriCorps Educational Award of $6,195. Health insurance. Child care assistance. May be eligible for loan forbearance. SNAP eligibility as a benefit of AmeriCorps service.

$24,930 living allowance with health benefits and mileage reimbursement at 56c/mi. Eligible for AmeriCorps Educational Award of $6,195. Health insurance. Child care assistance. May…

Level of Language Proficiency

Preferred Spanish language proficiency for positions in Montgomery and Prince George's County, MD.

Preferred Spanish language proficiency for positions in Montgomery and Prince George's County, MD.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
Baltimore, MD, United States

How to Apply

Please apply directly through UMBC's website in the provided link: https://listings.umbc.edu/en-us/job/493288/americorps-member

For more information on our organization and the AmeriCorps experience visit our website, http://www.choiceprograms.org, or our Instagram, @ChoiceVoices. AmeriCorps Service terms start in cohorts on a monthly basis.

To view all open positions at Choice, visit listings.umbc.edu and search "Choice Program."

Please apply directly through UMBC's website in the provided link: https://listings.umbc.edu/en-us/job/493288/americorps-member

For more information on our organization and the…

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