Position Description: Summer AmeriCorps Member
Aim High has four 450-Hour Quarter-Time* AmeriCorps positions for Summer 2020. Each position begins in May (or earlier) and concludes on August 7, 2020. Members will serve approximately 40 hours per week throughout their term. Ideal candidates believe in the power of education and are committed to helping children thrive.
Our AmeriCorps Members support students’ academic, social, and emotional development by:
- Tutoring and mentoring students one-on-one
- Instructing small groups of students
- Supporting teachers in the classroom
- Leading extended learning opportunities, like afterschool clubs and summer day camps
In late spring, Members provide consistent support to students and teachers directly in our schools. Once the regular school year concludes mid-June, Members assist with summer school and various community enrichment programs such as LearningWorks AfterSchool Summer, Mayo Street Arts, and Parks and Recreation.
Prior experience in education or a related field is helpful but not required. Members work with an experienced supervisor and receive training to fully equip them for their service, including orientation, weekly team meetings, and relevant workshops throughout the year.
- $2,750 living allowance for term
- $1,620 education award**
- Student loan forbearance***
- Eligibility to combine AmeriCorps service with student teaching or internship commitments
- At least 17 years of age at the time of enrollment
- U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder)
- High school diploma or high school equivalency (high school seniors on track to earn a diploma within one year are also eligible)
- Willingness to undergo a full FBI and SBI background check as well as a National Sex Offender Registry check
- Tutor, mentor, and nurture students
- Work and effectively communicate with teachers and administrators
- Aid teachers and enrich learning through grade-level classroom assistance
- Serve consistently and reliably
- Speak clearly and effectively to large and small groups
- Work independently as well as part of a team
- Abide by all AmeriCorps rules and provisions
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Accommodation arrangements must be requested in advance by contacting program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be considered in two rounds. To be considered in the first round, apply by March 15, 2020. If open positions remain, the deadline for second round applications will be April 12, 2020.
*Interested applicants who would like to serve during summer but who cannot commit to a 450-hour term may also consider our 300-hour Minimum-Time position.
*Segal education awards are granted to members upon successful completion of their service term. An award can be used to pay higher education tuition, expenses, or qualified student loan debt. It may be used immediately after service or within seven years following the term. Members over the age of 55 can choose to gift their education award to a child or grandchild immediately or within ten years following the term. The education award is taxable in the year it is used. Over two hundred colleges and universities across the country acknowledge the value of AmeriCorps service by matching Segal education awards. See the full list here.
**Student loan forbearance allows Members to 1) defer payment of their student loans during their term of service and 2) decrease their overall loan debt through the forgiveness of interest that accumulates during the term of service. Most federal student loans qualify for this benefit, but prospective members should contact their loan providers to see if they qualify for forbearance or other benefits.
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For more information about AmeriCorps Membership, visit www.americorps.gov.
LearningWorks Aim High is sponsored by Volunteer Maine, which builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and positions are contingent upon a pending award from CNCS.