Student Leadership & Community Outreach Specialist - Chicanos Por La Causa - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc
Student Leadership & Community Outreach Specialist
900 Hour Position
Approximately 20 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation committed to building strong, healthy communities as a lead advocate, coalition builder, and direct service provider. CPLC promotes positive change and self-sufficiency to enhance the quality of life for the benefit of those we serve.
CPLC seeks to engage its students at Toltecalli and Envision High Schools in a variety of enrichment activities that focus on building their student leadership skills as well as enhance their ongoing community service experiences. The AmeriCorps State members will build and manage a program designed to match students with meaningful volunteer opportunities, build new (and strengthen existing) relationships between the schools and community partners, and mentor the students towards making the most of these volunteer activities. The overall goal of this project is to connect students to enriching, meaningful community engagement and student leadership opportunities that will ultimately lead to higher levels of civic engagement, higher graduation rates, and a break in the cycle of poverty that comes with increased educational attainment. Specifically, we aim for 60% of our students to participate in afterschool programming under this initiative, which will be led and coordinated by the AmeriCorps members.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Student Leadership Workshops: The AmeriCorps State members will help oversee, connect students to leadership roles in, the ongoing Sustainability project at Toltecalli High School. The State members will be expected to guide students through projects and present the connection between various skills sets and history, community and academic goals and careers.
B. Community Speaker Outreach: In partnership with CPLC staff, the AmeriCorps members will schedule community leaders to visit students to speak on and share their experiences, expertise, passions, and practical advice.
C. Increase Student Community Participation: The AmeriCorps members will establish new, and strengthen existing, relationships within CPLC and with external community organizations, and secure volunteer community service opportunities. In addition, the AmeriCorps members will establish and lead a process to recruit students for after school community service activities and track participation.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o An awareness of community service projects or community service learning
o Experience working with young people, especially High Schoolers
o Experience working in group settings and classrooms
o Ability to lead and coordinate projects
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 Strong relationship-building skills
o Consistent and reliable access to reliable transportation
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (900 Hour)
● $6,265 living allowance during term of service
● Upon completion of service, part-time (900 hour) AmeriCorps members receive a $2,907.50 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