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.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Training
Compensation and Benefits
1. 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.
2. Living Stipend: AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialists will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend of $538.15, totaling a maximum of $13,992 annually.
3. Education Award: As an AmeriCorps Member, Community Engagement Specialists qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award of $5,920 for every successful year of service, which includes completing 1,700 hours of service and completing the full duration of the 11-month program. The education award can be used to repay student loans or cover tuition costs for graduate studies at an accredited college or university.
4. Travel Stipend: $70/month travel stipend for months of active service
5. Medical Coverage: AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to request reimbursement of up to $50/month to cover individual health coverage premiums. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for this reimbursement but may decline it in favor of alternative coverage obtained through a parent, guardian, or spouse.
6. Time Off: 80 hours of sick time and 80 hours of vacation time
7. Public Benefits: AmeriCorps Members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.
High School Graduate
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
1. High school diploma
2. Interest in teaching/tutoring writing to students grades K-8 in an urban setting
3. Ability to coach and mentor volunteers and interns
4. Ability to adapt to various working and management styles
5. Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals including the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
6. Strong written and verbal communication skills
7. Proficiency in organizational, time management, project management, and resource management skills
8. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
9. Dual English/Spanish proficiency required for placement at Rafael Hernández K-8 School
Experience with journalism, creative writing, or book publishing preferred
10. Proficiency in Adobe, InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator preferred, but not required
11. Proficiency in Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Arabic, or Spanish preferred, but not required
12. Familiarity with the Boston Public Schools system, particularly the schools in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain preferred, but not required
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check