Reading Seed Kinder Program Coordinator - Literacy Connects - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Reading Seed Kinder Program Coordinator
900 Hour Position
Approximately 20 hours/week
Service Location: Tucson, AZ
Service Dates: September 1, 2018 – June 31, 2019
I. ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND
Literacy Connects is a Tucson nonprofit serving children and adults through literacy and creative arts programming that create solutions to many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, literacy is key to making a better future for all of us.
Literacy Connects’ programs coach children in reading so they don’t fall behind, and help adults with reading, writing, math and/or English. The programs teach parents the importance of reading to their children, help young people experience the power of words and ideas through the arts, and put books in the hands of people who need them. As a powerful voice for literacy, we connect individuals and groups from across the community to work collaboratively toward better literacy outcomes.
The Reading Seed Kinder Project is an innovative, targeted program built on the best practice of one-to-one intervention and following the tenets of balanced literacy pedagogy, designed to increase essential pre-literacy skills for kindergarten students. The Reading Seed Kinder Project provides one-to-one mentorship and literacy coaching. Reading Seed’s mission is to empower students to be independent readers so that they can become lifelong learners.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Literacy Coaching: The AmeriCorps State member will reduce the number of children reading below grade level in third grade through one-to-one coaching.
B. Capacity Building: The State member will provide support to volunteer reading coaches, facilitate collaboration and community building among volunteers, and collaborate with teachers on an ongoing basis. They will also observe and assess volunteer reading coaches and provide feedback to ensure all students are provided opportunities for variety and choice.
C. Resource Coordinating: The State member will provide free books to each student, encourage independent and/or family reading and provide a wide variety of subjects and levels to provide opportunities for children to discover topics/genres that excite and interest them. The State member will also stock and maintain the free book area and communicate needs and gaps in the collection to the Program Manager. Additionally, they will participate in Family Reading Night book giveaways as scheduled.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o At minimum, high school graduate level skills in math, reading and writing
o Excellent social skills and strong written and oral communication
o Ability to take initiative, collaborate, and solve problems quickly
o Willingness to learn facilitation skills and instructional techniques for adult learners
o Self-directed, motivated, and detail-oriented
o Respectful and empathetic for different cultures, language groups, educational levels,
o Able to complete paperwork in a thorough and timely manner
o Works well as a team member or independently
o Experience working with diverse populations and cultures
o Ability to be flexible and work well in a variety of situations
o Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs
o Passion for education, social service and non-profit work is a huge plus!
o Consistent and reliable access to a vehicle required
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