Jamaica, Queens - Community Mediation School Corps Officer (PAID)
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Community Mediation School Corps
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
(Jamaica, Queens, NY) Every community needs someone who can help difficult conversations happen; someone who won’t judge, blame, or tell people what to do. This is a chance to be that community facilitator while delving into learning, relationships, emotions, power, narrative, and restorative/community justice in New York Public Schools.
The Community Mediation School Corps (CMSC) AmeriCorps program is a partnership between the NY State Unified Court System, Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs), and their local schools to recruit and place members in schools, where members offer a variety of conflict resolution services to youth to support social-emotional learning, engagement and contectedness to the larger school community, and ultimately try to reduce the need for or reliance on suspension, detention, and other punitive discipline procedures. Our goal is to foster a positive school climate by collaborating with students and community members and providing open spaces to learn the skills needed to handle conflict and build just, nurturing, and supportive relationships. Members have notable latitude in tailoring and managing programs to best fit their communities and circumstances.
What to expect:
• Serve at Community Mediation Services (CMS); the Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) that provides free and low cost mediation and conflict resolution services to Queens County, New York.
• Work full time with youth in a school to provide a variety of conflict resolution services including mediation, peer mediation, restorative practices, and conflict coaching. Manage and schedule cases, collect data, coordinate services, and trainings, and shape your program to meet the needs of the community and stakeholders.
• Strengthen partnerships between CMS and local schools by building relationships with school administrators, teachers, staff, and students
• Attend additional opportunities, trainings, conferences, and events related to the work/position.
Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours .
Work Schedule: 1700 hours over 12 months - Full time, but flexible
Minimum age: 18, no maximum
Accepting applications May 20th – June 18th 2018.
Role officially starts September 2018.
Education Award upon completion of service year: $5,920
Training in Basic and Advanced Mediation, Conflict Coaching, Restorative Practices, and more
Student Loan Forebearance on qualified loans
Eligibility for EBT
MTA monthly metro card
Experience, connections, and opportunities for growth/advancement
Optimal candidates are kind, patient, and will listen to youth
Experience/knowledge/passion for Conflict Resolution is a plus (though not totally mandatory)
Experience organizing is another plus
Cultural fluidity, humility
Multi-lingual abilities (Any of Spanish/Bangla/Arabic/Urdu/Hindi/Ebonics/Patois)
Humor (obviously useful/necessary, but you won’t be penalized for not telling me any jokes)
Passion and need for social justice
Interest in schools and the American justice system
Responsibility for self, willingness to take one’s education in one’s own hands
Open hearted intuition, soft eyes – willingness to be affected
Commitment to youth leadership
Some form of connection to Jamaica, Queens, or New York City is encouraged
CMSC is a racial justice and equal opportunity program. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 18th, 2018. In the subject line include “CMSC Jamaica – Last Name, First Initial”.