Aspire! Afterschool expands learning opportunities that help young people fulfill their potential through afterschool and summer learning programs that support and connect families, schools, and communities.
Learning ROCKS! is an original Aspire! program, serving 100 3rd-5th grade students each day after school across three program sites (two of which are in affordable housing developments), as well as implementing an intensive six-week, full-day summer camp. The Learning ROCKS! Program utilizes evidence-based methods to support students’ reading development and STEM/STEAM skills, as well as providing general homework help and fostering students’ social-emotional development.
Aspire!’s 2018-19 AmeriCorps team will be comprised of 20 full-time AmeriCorps Members. The Learning Links AmeriCorps Program provides a critical link across the three main aspects of a child’s daily experience: at school, after school, and at home. Toward this end, Aspire! partners closely with and supports both schools and parents. Specfically, AmeriCorps Members provide direct service 2-3 days/week at each of the schools where Aspire!’s students are enrolled, as well as implementing the daily Learning ROCKS! Program, after school and in the summer. And, Aspire!’s Parent Connection program provides relevant, topic-based workshops to help parents support their children’s education, as well as to develop their own skills and confidence.
• Plan and implement Learning ROCKS! program themes in coordination with other AmeriCorps Members and Learning Rocks! Program Manager by creating daily lesson plans;
• Provide direct support and services to approximately 20 - 40 students each day, including appropriate supervision and assistance during homework completion time and recreational activities;
• Plan and implement full-day summer camp lessons, activities, guest speakers, and field trips;
• Provide meaningful guidance and support for Learning ROCKS! volunteers;
• Communicate with parents/guardians and visitors in a professional and meaningful manner;
• Achieve program goals in close collaboration with other AmeriCorps Members, Site Coordinators, Program Manager, and Assistant Director;
• Actively contribute to a Community of Practice that identifies and refines best practices in children and youth programming;
• Help in daily maintenance of the Aspire program sites;
• Complete monthly AmeriCorps Great Stories, and service reflections
• Participate in required AmeriCorps and/or National Days of Service projects; and
• Comply with all applicable rules, regulations, and agreements of the organization.
• U.S. citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien;
• High school graduate or equivalent, at least 17 years old;
• Commitment to local, community-based organizations;
• Self-motivation, independence, resourcefulness, and flexibility;
• Creativity, dependability, and flexibility;
• Excellent time management and communication skills;
• Professional communication skills – ability to interact well with children, parents, teachers, volunteers, and program staff; and
• A great sense of humor!
Ideal candidates would also have
• College degree and/or course work in Education, Social Work, or similar field;
• Bilingual (Spanish/Arabic/Amharic/other and English) skills, including reading, writing, and conversation preferred;
• Experience in and/or knowledge of child development and primary education fields;
• Experience in positive behavioral modification practices for individuals and groups of children; and
• Experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations.
• Term of Service: August 2018 - August 2019
• 40 hours per week commitment (Full Time)
Benefits (August 2018- August 2019)
• AmeriCorps Members who successfully complete a 1,700 hour term of service are eligible to receive either an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $5,920 or an end-of-service stipend.
• AmeriCorps Members receive time off for winter break and spring break, as well as personal days off.
• Additional benefits include training, $1,333/month living stipend, health care benefits, and student-loan forbearance or deferment. You may also be eligible for childcare assistance should you need it.
• Aspire is committed to strengthening Corps Members’ professional and personal development. Corps Members will receive training in a variety of topics including: content areas, tutoring skills, child development, behavior management, education theory, leadership skills, and team building. Additionally, Corps Members will have significant autonomy and ownership over many aspects of programming and service
• Aspire! is able to offer housing assistance on a limited basis to AmeriCorps Members who qualify for affordable housing.
To Apply for a Position with Aspire Afterschool Learning
Send a cover letter, and resume to email@example.com - subject line: AmeriCorps Learning ROCKS! 2018-2019 as well as filling out the brief online application, linked here: http://aspireafterschool.org/join-our-team.
*Aspire’s Learning Links AmeriCorps program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the position is contingent upon approved funding.
*Aspire Afterschool Learning shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and provision of services
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
In addition to 80 hours of pre-service training, we provide weekly trainings every Friday so our AmeriCorps members become familiar with various aspects of elementary education, the community we serve, and how to support at-risk students.
English, Arabic, Spanish
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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