Homework Mentor - Higher Ground Resource Center - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Higher Ground, A Resource Center
300 Hour Position
Approximately 8-10 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – June 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Higher Ground, a Resource Center is a strategic plan to build a replicable model of a resource community center that will be a one stop place for people who need services and people who give services. Our mission is Reaching individuals, Transforming families, and Elevating the community one life at a time by showing love and building character. We want to see a resource center that promotes a different definition of success = generational community contribution. Our Purpose is to provide services that will invest in the mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical health of an individual to build a better tomorrow.
Higher Ground is seeking Homework Mentors to provide homework assistance and checks for students, evaluation and communication about student progress and assistance to staff and program activities. The AmeriCorps State members will mentor students with the goal to influence them to make positive choices in their lives and develop a positive, confident identity to become successful in and outside of the classroom.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Academic Assistance: The State members will provide one on one support in an encouraging manner adapting to students’ unique individual learning styles. They will also check students’ homework to ensure accuracy and understanding of the concepts they learned in school and check each student’s backpack to ensure that it is organized and clean. During backpack checks, they will look for missing homework or completed work that has not been turned in. State members will assist students with physical or learning disabilities.
B. Student Support: The State members will serve as a positive role model demonstrating behaviors that reflect Higher Ground’s two values of respect and honor. They will attend periodic training sessions given by Higher Ground staff to increase competency in working with students. The State members will provide evaluations of students and other reports as requested by the Higher Ground Staff. They are also expected to communicate with students, parents, and staff or Higher Ground about any incidents or details that are pertinent to helping students effectively.
C. After School Program Support: The State members may be asked to assist with recreational activities such as basketball, music, jiu-jitsu, judo, art, archery, outside sports, boxing, robotics, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) hour or any other areas that may need extra attention, which may include, but is not limited to, game facilitation, classroom organization, or facility upkeep. They may also be asked to facilitate small and large group activities during Friday Fundays in the classroom or outside in the field.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o Background in Psychology, Education, or Recreation/Physical Education preferred
o Well organized and detail orientated
o Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps
o Strong written and verbal communication skills
o Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting in a consistent, energetic, and positive manner
o Effective problem-solving skills
o Ability to understand the "big picture" while completing detail oriented tasks
o Friendly and effective interpersonal skills
o Healthy sense of humor
o Consistent and reliable access to reliable transportation
o Fluency in Spanish is beneficial, not required
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (300 Hour)
● $2,000 living allowance during term of service
● Upon completion of service, minimum-time (300 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $1230.69 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans
● Members participate in 10 (2-hour) trainings that qualify them for a Certificate in Civic Leadership and 4 college credits from Prescott College
● Team support and coaching
Arizona Serve is committed to implementing inclusive practices in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Those who have marginalized identities, whether or not those identities provide protected status, are encouraged to apply.
Prescott College is a proud participant in the Employers of National Service initiative. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided