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Half Time Afterschool Instructor

Travis County 4-H CAPITAL
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4-H CAPITAL AmeriCorps members teach hands-on science activities in an afterschool setting at Title I elementary and middle schools in the Austin, TX area. Members serve at-risk youth during afterschool by providing hands-on, project based science programs in five core areas (Animal Science, Youth Gardening, Natural Resources, Engineering, and a wildcard curriculum).

Service Activities

Half Time members lead classes 2 days a week and assist another instructor 2 days a week. Members will develop semester unit plans for each of their lead classes using a combination of predetermined lessons and lessons they create. Half of our Half Time Members are Animal Science assistants in the fall and must be comfortable working with live goats weighing up to 120lbs (training provided). Typical Half Time Member service hours are 1:00pm - 6:00pm, Mon - Fri, with an additional 30 hours of outreach service required. Most programs run Mon-Thurs from 2:30-6:00pm; members should expect to teach at multiple school sites during the week (mileage is reimbursed between work sites). Fridays are used for planning, team meetings, service and program reporting, and trainings.

Community Need Addressed

4-H CAPITAL seeks to address lack of school engagement and educational inequalities specifically in S.T.E.M. based curricula.

Position Outcomes

4-H CAPITAL seeks to improve academic engagement of the students who attend 4-H afterschool programs by increasing:
◦Interest in learning
◦Relationship with peers
◦Connection between school and future
◦Persistence in solving problems
◦Active participation
◦Appreciation of science
◦Confidence in learning science
◦Interest in pursuing science careers


Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

CPR, disaster preparedness, van training

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Animals, Education & Youth, Environment
  • Length of Service 9 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Charter School, Elementary School, Middle School, School District
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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