Reading Seed Intensive Coach - Literacy Connects - AmeriCorps
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Arizona Serve
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Reading Seed Intensive Coach
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
Literacy Connects is a Tucson nonprofit serving children and adults through literacy and creative arts programming that creates solutions for many of society’s most persistent problems. From reducing unemployment and poverty to increasing economic growth and opportunity, literacy is key to shaping a better future for all of us.
Reading Seed’s mission is to empower students to be independent readers so that they can become lifelong learners. One of the goals of the Reading Seed Program is for struggling readers to gain proficiency in order to read on grade level, with emphasis placed on ensuring that all K-3 Reading Seed students meet or exceed the state goal of third grade reading proficiency. Being stronger, more confident readers means that children will have more academic success, choose to remain in school, and graduate, thus breaking free from one of the fundamental causes of poverty—lack of education. The Reaching Seed Intensive Coach AmeriCorps State members will reduce the number of children reading below grade level in third grade through one-to-one reading coaching, increase access to books and help build program capacity.
II. PROJECT FOCUS AREAS AND ACTIVITIES
A. Reading Coach: The AmeriCorps State members will provide one-to-one literacy coaching to Kindergarten students as well as provide access to texts in a wide variety of subjects and levels to provide opportunities for children to discover topics and genres that excite and interest them
B. Capacity Building: The AmeriCorps members will provide support to onsite Reading Staff to cover for volunteer absences. They will also collaborate with volunteer team, including encouraging brainstorming, connecting with volunteers, attending team meetings and professional development workshops.
C. Increasing Access to Books: The AmeriCorps members will provide free books to each K-3 student at every session to build home libraries and encourage independent and/or family reading. They will also support Program Coordinator in stocking and maintaining the free book area and classroom resources and communicating needs and gaps in the collection.
III. Requirements and Benefits
A. Education, Skills and Abilities
o Age 17 or older
o Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
o Experience and comfortable teaching and working with adults and children
o At minimum, high school graduate level skills in math, reading and writing
o Clearance of electronic background check
o Dependable with excellent customer service and time management skills
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 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 with Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Experience with Google docs a plus.
o Consistent and reliable access to transportation beneficial
AmeriCorps State Member Benefits (300 Hour – Ed Award Only)
● 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.
To apply for this position, please download the AmeriCorps State application: HERE
This application is a fillable PDF file. Save and submit your completed application electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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