AMERICORPS Immigrant Integration Specialist - Education

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/26/2018

Address

2224 East Fayette Street
Baltimore
Maryland
21231
United States

Description

Position Name: AMERICORPS Immigrant Integration Specialist - Education


Number of individual AmeriCorps members serving in this position: The Program aims to recruit 2 (two) full-time AmeriCorps members serving K-12 eligible students.


Member Immediate Supervisor Name:

The Site Supervisor will provide day-to-day supervision and evaluate the AmeriCorps member’s performance according to the Program policies and procedures.

CASA’s Regional Organizer is the on-site supervisor for Escalera Americorps members at CASA.  She can be reached at lwalther@wearecasa.org


Position Start date:

The Program launch will be on September 4, 2018. If there are any position available after that day, members may start as agreed with the Program Supervisor. The real start date for each individual will be identified on the Service Agreement.


Position End Date: August 17, 2019


Days/ Hours of Service

Full-time AmeriCorps members’ schedules are flexible but will serve approximately 40 hours per week. Part-time AmeriCorps members’ schedules are flexible but will serve approximately 20 hours per week. Regular service time will occur Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Some evening and weekend service is required.

Individual schedule is agreed by the AC member and the Program Supervisor at the beginning of the program. The schedule may be changed upon agreement, based on program- or member’s need.


Host Sites. Locations:

Members will be based out of CASAs regional office at:

CASA Baltimore: 2224 East Fayette St. Baltimore, MD 21231

Members will also be giving 2 classes/week at Owings Mills High School, Reginald Lewis High School, and Glen Burnie High School.


CASA’s Mission and goals:

To create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities.


Project Mission and Goals:

The Escalera program seeks to improve high school graduation and college enrollment rates among Latino and ESL students.  The program includes a comprehensive after school curriculum combined with leadership activities, service learning, and summer internship and career exploration activities.  The core competencies covered in the program are career exploration, educational attainment, technology, college and educational field trips, personal and leadership development, summer volunteer experiences, and job readiness training.

 

Community Need:

Baltimore City possesses a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Its position as a port city has fostered a great deal of diversity in Baltimore’s economy and population, which includes immigrants from countries across the globe. It is a minority-majority city, with African Americans comprising the largest majority population (more than 60%, including the growing African immigrant population), and Latinos as the next largest majority group in the city. Baltimore has a long history of major civil rights legacies and victories as well as complicated history of racial segregation and tension, and as Baltimore’s Latino community expands to new areas of the city, longtime residents face new challenges and opportunities in welcoming new neighbors. Furthermore, systemic poverty plagues many neighborhoods – with nearly 24% of Baltimoreans living below the poverty level and an unemployment rate of approximately 8% – as does a lack of support systems in the areas of employment, education, transportation and housing. These conditions have helped to inflame historical divisions between racial, cultural, and socioeconomic groups.

Over the past four years, the number of ESL (English as a Second Language) students in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) has doubled in every grade from Pre-K to 12, and schools have been scrambling to provide adequate academic support to this growing student population. Part of this growth has included an influx of “newcomer” students – high school aged students entering the U.S. after the age of 14 and enrolling directly into high school, often with little or no English language ability and a primary education that has been interrupted by a traumatic journey from horrific conditions in their home country to reunite with family in the U.S. These students face particularly acute challenges in BCPS, and need intensive academic supports as well as wraparound case management services and family supports in order to succeed. Along with this growth has been an increase in racial tensions and incidents of bullying and assaults targeting Latino and other immigrant and refugee students. As these students have increasingly become targets, CASA has seen several incidents of escalation in which Latino and immigrant students feel a need to defend themselves. This tension is an urgent priority issue.

 

Member Position Summary:

Escalera project members will work primarily with high school aged Latino and immigrant youth and their parents in target schools and at CASA’s Office “Mi Espacio” after school program.  They will implement the Escalera college prep curriculum during weekly after school classes with a cohort of 15-30 students, and will also participate in home visits and follow up meetings with students and their parents where necessary.  Members will also provide workshops to high school and college students who fall outside of the target schools regarding the college application process, financial aid, and career exploration. Member will also support school climate efforts through the multi-racial SPIRIT launches. Launches are aimed to improve student integration and relationships among culturally diverse student bodies at target high schools.

 

Required training prior to Member Placement:

CASA will provide a two-week orientation program at the beginning of the Service Year. The Training will include training in the escalera curriculum and the college access and financial aid workshops, as well as best practices on outreach, record keeping, and other relevant issues.

The training includes an overview of National Service, the role of CNCS and the Maryland’s GOSV, as well as training on prohibited activities as described by CNCS.

 

Member Impact:

Members will assist program participants in graduating from high school, completing an internship, applying to college, choosing a career pathway, and seeking financial aid, where relevant. Members will also help participants to build their leadership skills, develop their self-confidence and problem solving abilities.

Members will be evaluated about outcomes such as number of students who participate in the Escalara program and in college access workshops and outputs such as how many of those participants graduate from high school, apply for financial aid, apply to multiple colleges, and are accepted into college, or successfully complete a summer internship. Members will also be evaluated on their soft multiple-skills required in every job environment, such as public speaking, learning will, teamwork, communication, and professionalism.

 

Essential Functions of Position:

  • Recruiting students to participate in the program
  • Facilitating the Escalera curriculum in target schools
  • Conducting individual home visits and goal-setting sessions with families at the beginning of the school year
  • Delivering educational workshops and activities related to college- and career-readiness, leadership development and civic engagement, and health and financial literacy, as well as other life skills training and academic enrichment;
  • Developing and leading community service activities and field trips for participants
  • Providing individual mentorship and support to program participants
  • Develop internship opportunities and connecting program participants to these opportunities
  • Facilitating multiracial safe-space conversations and other activities intended to improve school climate
  • Providing referral to other services as appropriate
  • Administering pre- and post-tests and tracking all program participation

Note: The AmeriCorps member will not be allowed to perform duties that violate the AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities or fall outside of the program goals.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and abilities:

  • Experience performing duties on multicultural environments
  • Excellent English writing and language skills (bilingual in Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred) 
  • Highly organized and efficient, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Access to personal transportation.
  • Fast learner.
  • Some knowledge of popular education preferred.

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one during the service year.
  • Associates degree or higher preferred.

Other required qualifications:

  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above. 
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (recently naturalized citizens are encouraged to apply).
  • At least 17 years old.
  • Pass a national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check (Maryland and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check, before starting national service.
  • Express commitment to complete one year of National Service.

 

Placement Type:

The position is not a reassignment from a previous Host Site/Agency.



Selection Process:

To be considered for the New Americans Opportunity Project program, interested individuals must submit a current resume to the Manager of Immigrant Integration Programs at CASA. Staff will review the application, request an interview and application (if appropriate), conduct three reference checks, and match a potential applicant with a host site. After the applicant has met with the site supervisor at the host site, the applicant will be responsible for getting a three part criminal history check. Individuals will not be allowed to start orientation or be enrolled in the program until all appropriate background check and paperwork is received by CASA.


Contact:

For more information and to apply, contact:                      

For more information about AmeriCorps, visit:

www.americorps.gov


Lydia Walther Rodriguez   

Regional Lead Organizer

lwalther@wearecasa.org

www.wearecasa.org

Benefits

Benefits:

Full-time commitment (1700 hour/year):  

Living allowance of $13,732/year, health care coverage.  Member may apply for child-care allowance.  Member will be entitled to a $5,920 education award upon program completion.

Half-Time commitment (900 hours/year): 

Living allowance of $6,866.  Member will be entitled to a $2,960 education award upon program completion. 

Living allowance will be paid monthly by direct deposit based on the schedule to be shared at the time of signing the Service Agreement. 

CASA offers a variety of free-, high quality- training courses on Financial Education, Taxes and Citizenship.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

High School


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