Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
8757 Georgia Ave
Community Bridges (CB) empowers girls from diverse backgrounds to become exceptional students, positive leaders, and healthy young women. We do so by addressing the developmental needs of immigrant and minority girls and their families living at or below the federal poverty level in Montgomery County, Maryland. Community Bridges’ integrated 4th through 12th grade after- and out-of-school Girls Program supports the growth of our young women by helping them understand their potential and life choices, learn creative strategies to become leaders, and break their family’s cycle of poverty using education as a vehicle. We further extend the impact for Community Bridges girls by supporting their own efforts with mentoring and offering programs and workshops to provide resources and support for their families.
The AmeriCorp members' purpose will be to serve as a Community Bridges (CB) Girls program specialist. They will work specifically with the CB girls school program(s) at JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres Elementary School, Rolling Terrace Elementary School, Sargent Shriver Elementary School, Piney Branch Elementary School, White Oak Middle School, Silver Spring International Middle School, Eastern Middle School, Takoma Park Middle School, Springbrook High School, Montgomery Blair High School, Blake High School and Northwood High School. Direct services required will include: facilitating weekly during and after-school programs, serving a minimum of 40 girls, coordinating field trips and service events, providing individualized support to each girl as needed, assisting with the CB Mentoring Program, assisting with CB College and Career Planning Program, working with families to keep them aware of their daughter’s progress and to provide individualized family support, developing positive relationships with key school personnel including principals and counselors, establishing beneficial community partnerships and working with the CB Program Managers to develop and implement events.
As a Community Bridges AmeriCorps Program Specialist, the applicant will help to create a more effective existing program through enabling Community Bridges to reach previously underserved communities and schools and expanding the reach of the organization’s activities and programs. This will be achieved via a thorough selection process, detailed orientation, open communication between member and supervisor, and ongoing evaluation. The Community Bridges Program Specialist will be managed directly by the Community Bridges Program Manager that manages and develops the program that the specialist will be working with as well as the Executive Director.
Community Bridges will engage one AmeriCorps member through Project Change to work between August 25, 2017 and August 28, 2018 at 8757 Georgia Ave, Suite 540, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 with travel to program sites: JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres Elementary School, Rolling Terrace Elementary School, Sargent Shriver Elementary School, Piney Branch Elementary School, White Oak Middle School, Silver Spring International Middle School, Eastern Middle School, Takoma Park Middle School, Springbrook High School, Montgomery Blair High School, Blake High School and Northwood High School. AmeriCorp member will participate in training, Community Bridges staff and team meetings and programs, events and field trips for Community Bridges girls and families during their year of service.
Attitude and General Responsibilities
- Accept responsibility for delivering program at assigned sites for the Community Bridges Girls Program,
- Support program staff, your supervisor and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
- Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
- Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.
- Respect confidentiality of Community Bridges girls, families and staff.
- Learn emergency procedures and follow emergency instructions if necessary.
- Report any accidents, illness, or sickness to your supervisor.
- Provide ideas for, plan and lead the Community Bridges Girls Program in elementary, middle and high school.
- Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.
- Assist staff in programming and activities for the Community Bridges Girls Program.
- Train and assist volunteers.
- Develop materials and resources for the lesson plans for the Community Bridges Girls Program in Elementary, Middle and High School.
Citizenship training and responsibilities
- Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by the Project Change.
- Participate in and complete AmeriCorps citizenship training.
- Participate in community service activities.
- Participate in orientation training with Community Bridges Program Managers.
Work schedule: AmeriCorps Community Bridges Program Specilaist are expected to work full time and participate in all assigned Community Bridges Girls Program sites, field trips, events and programs. This will include evenings and weekends in addition to normal work day hours.
Skill requirements: Essential functions include the ability to:
- Basic knowledge of current youth and immigrant issues.
- Ideal candidate takes initiative, is creative, able to work collaboratively and independently.
- Work well in a diverse environment.
- Able to keep deadlines and handle tasks responsibly.
- Experience in youth organizing, project planning, and community development.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
- Access to reliable personal or public transportation.
Program benefits: AmeriCorps members will be provided:
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided