Twelve AmeriCorps members (eight High School Program Specialists and four K8 Program Specialists) will support 32 hours of Writers’ Rooms programming per week for 36 weeks at six Boston Public Schools, serving a population of 2,650 students during school-day and after-school hours. AmeriCorps members will help open a new Writers’ Room at a Boston Public School and help students in the five existing Writers’ Rooms, conducting direct service alongside community volunteers to support: after-school clubs such as slam poetry teams and literary magazines; district wide student publications around a common theme; whole-class and individual drop-in visits to the Writers’ Rooms for help with writing assignments; and specialized workshops such as school-wide college essay and application assistance. More than 200 students will be published in professionally designed collections of student work. AmeriCorps members will assist more than 75 teachers across the six schools. Members will serve at one of the 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms, joining a school-based team comprising the Writers’ Room Coordinator, two AmeriCorps Members, a College for Social Innovation Fellow, and a corps of volunteers. Members will be placed at a site by the 826 Boston team and will serve from that location Mondays-Thursdays. Additionally, AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists will serve at 826 Boston’s writing and tutoring center in Roxbury for summer training and weekly professional development on Fridays.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Stipend, Training
Professional Development: As an AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialist, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management and relationship development. You will develop your knowledge of school and community partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps Members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from
a direct supervisor.
A gross bi-weekly stipend of $629, totaling a minimum of $15,100 annually
An AmeriCorps Education Award to help repay public student loans or to put toward future educational classes of at least $6,345.00
A monthly $70 travel allowance
More than 170 hours of professional development
Medical coverage if needed—up to a $50 reimbursement to cover individual health coverage premiums
40 hours to use for personal/sick time + 9 holidays + 2 weeks winter break
Possible eligibility for food, transportation, and public utility benefits
High School Graduate
Subject to criminal background check