This is an AmeriCorps Member position with the nonprofit Sewa International. To learn more about AmeriCorps please visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
For children to excel, the needs of the whole child must be addressed. At ASPIRE Learning Centers, Members serving as COMMUNITY LIAISONS can reach out to children and their families to identify social welfare and acculturation issues; provide access to essential resources, services and programs; encourage communication with children's schools; and cultivate relationships with area agencies, organizations and businesses to support community well-being.
The Member’s support at the after-school center will contribute to the evolution of educated, productive and gainfully employed citizens while helping entire families to acculturate, improve quality of life, and progress socially. These Members will reach beyond the needs of the child to help the entire family rise up out of poverty. Because with each individual that succeeds, the entire community thrives.
Conducts assessment of community needs;
Provides access to social, economic, and health and welfare resources for parents of children attending ASPIRE;
Coordinates home visits and parent meetings for the purpose of gaining information and/or discussing needs and problems involving students and their families;
Creates and regularly updates files for all families in CiviCRM to documents all activities, exchanges and referrals;
Regularly updates resource lists to support students and their families;
Refers children and their families to outside agencies (e.g. state agencies, medical professionals, counselors, foundations, charities, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the needs of students and families are met.
Responds to inquiries from a variety of internal and external sources (e.g. parents, children, Education Coordinators, staff, outside agencies, etc.) for the purpose of providing information and/or direction as may be required.
Supports other after school program events, as long as these activities are within the AmeriCorps guidelines and do not take away time from the essential functions of the Member service position
Members may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities, as requested by their Supervisor, in alignment with the terms and conditions of the AmeriCorps grant, and subject to reasonable accommodation.
Members are expected to interface professionally, ethically, cooperatively, productively and effectively with the Youth Services Coordinator, Lead Education Coordinator and other Members with whom they serve, as well as with the students and families with whom they are engaged, in addition to community partners.
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
A desire to help underserved communities
Ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds
Excellent communication skills
Proven organizational skills
Problem solving skills to identify issues and define responses
Research and data collation skills
Self-initiative and responsibility
Ability to work well in a Team
Ability to maintain accurate and updated records
Ability to deal with sensitive or confidential issues
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
A commitment to humanitarian issues, equal access to opportunity, and building resilient, welcoming communities.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or ongoing studies and comparable work experience in that can be applied to the requirements of this position
Service takes place at ASPIRE Center and may include home visits
Must be a U.S. Citizen or be a permanent resident.
Enrollment in the program is contingent on the results of a National Service Criminal History Check that includes FBI fingerprinting and national record check, National Sex Offender Registry, and state criminal background check.
The intellectual demands include capacity for research, knowledge of the material, and an ability to assess needs and determine the necessary response
The emotional demands of this position are high. Because these are families who often have not only survived trauma, but also continue to exist in uncomfortable, sometimes dire, circumstances, success in this position is incumbent on empathy, patience, a non-critical demeanor and an ability to guide individuals through rational decision-making without a loss of humanity in the process.
The position has recurring access to vulnerable populations
The Member is required to wear appropriate attire including the AmeriCorps Logo at all times during service hours
Disasters such as hurricanes, floods, epidemics or other emergencies may necessitate service be provided remotely or virtually using cellular or internet platforms.
In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.
Sewa International, Inc. provides equal opportunity for all. We do not discriminate in any aspect of employment or service because of race, color, gender, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper criterion.
All AmeriCorps members have the right to request a reasonable accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of their position. Reasonable accommodations may be provided upon request. If you are a person with a disability and you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact: Carole Juárez, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, 713.931.4403 or AmeriCorps@sewausa.org.
Monthly living stipend
Education award upon completion of the service year
Access to the AmeriCorps job portal and other federal job listings
Access the the AmeriCorps alumni network
Access to Sewa’s large network of organizations and professionals in the non-proft and for-profit sectors
Development of key skills, such as: servant leadership, communication, problem solving and creativity
Opportunity to have a positive impact on the life of those in need