Community Resource Connector AmeriCorps Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters Franklin County and the DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program.
- This position supports access to healthy social emotional opportunities for youth grades K-12 living in Franklin County by streamlining information accessibility for youth and their caregivers, especially marginalized and at risk youth, of available social services and programs.
- This position will gather as many available resources as possible through interviews, site visits, phone calls, web searches and public polling, organizing those resources and designing the framework for a website to house all of these opportunities in one place that can be shared publicly.
**TO APPLY, YOU MUST COMPLETE OUR APPLICATION using this link: https://forms.gle/2SgYnPkRCQ5zssPh9
**We are accepting applications until the position is filled.** Position begins in January.** THIS IS A 6-MONTH FULL-TIME POSITION
DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Members serve full-time to create positive youth development opportunities in schools and youth centers throughout the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. AmeriCorps members use a collaborative, student-centered approach to support young people’s autonomy, belonging, and personal learning aspirations.
The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program (DSAP) has 3 core elements:
- On-site youth work with a specific school or youth center.
- Team service project in collaboration with youth and community.
- Weekly training and reflection to build youth work skills and increase knowledge of different learning styles, social justice issues, creative approaches, motivational interviewing, asset-based community development, group dynamics, and facilitation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collect as many youth focused activity/program/service resources as possible that are available for youth and their caregivers in Franklin County. Collection is done using email, phone inquires, in-person site visits, internet research, collaborator/partner information sharing and other methods of collection. Some examples of research are:
- — Identify opportunities for all youth that encourage healthy youth engagement and social interaction that are free and fee for service (ie: Sports leagues, leadership clubs, music and theater classes, workout classes, reading and gaming clubs, etc…)
- — Identify specific programs for diverse groups of struggling youth including therapeutic and mental health services, with detailed enrollment processes
- — Connect with agencies serving marginalized youth and look at ways BBBSFC, the community or this website could help support these youth better and increase their participation in available services
- — Identify opportunities for caregivers to help engage with their child around healthy youth development and parenting support
- — Identify scholarship opportunities for classes, camps, participation and membership fees.
- — Identify volunteer opportunities and employment possibilities for youth
- Interview youth and caregivers, in person or virtually, who are engaged in some of these various programs to get a needs assessment of FC youth
- Connect with groups of youth around how to best engage and market opportunities to diverse groups, especially teens, LGTBQ+, learning challenged, physically disabled and BIPOC.
- Create the framework (on paper or digitally) for an organized website that will house all resources and be eventually shared publicly
- If skills or time allows, build the actual wordpress website
CURIOUS ABOUT THE BENEFITS??
- Receive a $8k Stipend and a $3k Education Award after successful completion of service. The Education Award can be used to pay for pre-existing student loans or future education costs.
- Receive free health insurance and child care financial assistance, for eligible members.
- Gain practical experience and build leadership skills that transfer across careers and vocations, particularly those related to education, youth work, the arts, social justice, nonprofits, social work, and community building.
- Make connections that lead to future opportunities in this region and beyond.
- Participate in a supportive learning community that challenges members to build on their strengths and put their values into practice.
- Members must be at least 18 years old, a US citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident, and have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency.
AmeriCorps celebrates diversity, is intentionally inclusive, and protects against discrimination on the basis of color, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or disability.
Reasonable accommodations can be made for interviews and service.
**APPLY using this link: https://forms.gle/2SgYnPkRCQ5zssPh9
The position begins January and continues through June.
This is a 6-month full-time position.
For more information, please visit: http://www.dialself.org/americorps.html