Position Description: Half-Time AmeriCorps Member
Aim High places teams of dedicated AmeriCorps Members in four local elementary schools, where they serve as tutors and mentors for students that need extra support. We are actively recruiting Half-Time Members for the 2020-2021 Service Year: August 24, 2020 through August 13, 2021. 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
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.
AmeriCorps membership is unique in that it blends the responsibilities and professional development of employment with the life-changing experience of volunteering. Half-Time Members complete 900 hours of service in their term. They can achieve this by serving for 25 hours per week for a full year or by serving 40 hours per week for half of a year (either fall semester or spring semester).
- $5,500 living allowance for the term (gross monthly pay of approximately $422 depending on start date)
- $3,097.50 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
- 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.
The application will remain open until all positions are filled, with preference given to earlier applications.
*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.