Program Aide - Higher Ground Resource Center - AmeriCorps



Start Date


End Date


Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


United States


Summer 2018 Service Opportunity

In 2015, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild partnered with Arizona Serve of Prescott College to launch a community-wide education initiative to address the needs of youth growing up in Tucson. In its first two years the Tucson Community Schools initiative worked with high schools to adopt a community school model, aiming to improve high school graduation rates and connect students to post-graduation opportunities.

Community schools are school-based resource hubs that enhance access to services outside of school hours, using an integrated approach to academics, health, social services, youth development, and community engagement. Research shows that this site-based delivery model leads to increased academic performance, higher family engagement, and healthier communities.

The Tucson Community Schools Initiative is now in its third year, and Arizona Serve has partnered with La Frontera Behavioral Health and Higher Ground Resource Center to support further development of the initiative. AmeriCorps members will be placed in middle and high schools across the city as well as at local organizations with the goal of increasing student attendance rates and connecting students to post-graduation opportunities. This RTE Mapping and Individual Assessment Specialist, placed at Higher Ground, will be a key resource in supporting the success of this initiative. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is passionate about addressing poverty, motivated to inspire and support youth, and who enjoys working with a diverse and dynamic team.


A.     Academic Assistance: The Program Aide will assist during Higher Ground’s Academic hour to keep students on task by providing one on one support in an encouraging manner with the ability to adapt to students’ unique individual learning styles. The member will check each student’s backpack to ensure that it is organized and clean. They may also assist students with physical or learning disabilities.

B. Student Support: The Program Aide will serve as a positive role model by demonstrating behaviors that reflect Higher Ground’s two values of respect and honor. The member will attend periodic training sessions given by Higher Ground staff to increase their competency in working with students. The member will provide evaluations of students and other reports as requested by Higher Ground staff. They will regularly be communicating with students, parents, and Higher Ground staff about any incidents or details that are pertinent to helping students succeed.

C. Program Support:  The Program Aide may be asked to assist with recreational activities with students such as basketball, music, jiu-jitsu, judo, art, archery, outside sports, boxing, robotics, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) hour. The member may assist Higher Ground Staff on any areas that need attention, which may include, but is not limited to game facilitation, classroom organizations, or facility upkeep. The Program Aide may be asked to facilitate small and large group activities during ‘Friday Fundays’ in the classroom or outside in the field.


Education, Skills and Abilities

●     College degree required or equivalent experience

●     Experience conducting community outreach

●     Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Apps

●     Strong written and verbal communication skills

●     Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting in a consistent, energetic, and positive manner

●     Group facilitation and public speaking skills

●     Strong documentation and organizational skills

●     Effective problem-solving skills

●     Ability to understand the "big picture" while completing detail oriented tasks

●     Friendly and positive interpersonal skills

●     Healthy sense of humor

●     Consistent and reliable access to transportation

●     Demonstrated respect for cultural diversity


AmeriCorps Member Benefits (Part-time-Summer 300 hours)

●     Can earn up to $2,000 living allowance during term of service

●     Upon completion of service, AmeriCorps members receive a $1,230.69 education award that can be applied to educational costs or student loans

●     Student loan deferment and reimbursement of accrued interest on eligible student loans

●     4 Undergraduate Credits and Certificate in Civic Leadership and Service through Prescott College

●     Support from Arizona Serve staff and team

●     The opportunity to be a part of an exciting initiative for Tucson!

To apply for this position, please download the AmeriCorps State application: HERE


  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

How To Apply

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.