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Position

Americorps Member: Mentorship Program Developer

Alfond Youth and Community Center
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Under the direct supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, the Mentorship Program Developers will develop, implement, and supervise an evidence-based mentorship program within the AYCC’s After School Program, Teen Club, and Camp Tracy.

Service Activities

• Researching and identifying best practices regarding safety, liability, effectiveness, and scope of reach for mentorship program.
• Create and execute a work-plan to recruit and match, train and schedule, retain and supervise mentors.
• Work extensively with staff and leadership within the After School Program and Camp Tracy to become familiar with the local population, AYCC members, and youth.
• Meet weekly with the Volunteer Coordinator to review program plans, plan future events, and discuss program-related issues.
• Track and report monthly on enrollment and retention rates, and overall effectiveness of mentorship program.
• Understand, interpret, and articulate the mission of the Americorps and the Alfond Youth and Community Center.
• Attend and complete training sessions (20% of total hours served), including, but not limited to, certification courses for First Aid and CPR, lifeguarding, and Wilderness First Responder.

Community Need Addressed

With 3 out of 5 public schools in Waterville scoring an average rating - 5/10 - and both the Junior and Senior High scoring below below average - 3 and 4 out of 10 respectively - area youth are not achieving the academic success needed to break the cycle of poverty. Whether entering the workforce, or going on to higher education, our youth are not prepared academically or personally for success once they leave high school.
We will address this educational disadvantage by pairing at-risk students with two mentors and/or tutors. The mentors will serve as a consistent, encouraging, and positive presence in the at-risk youth's lives.

Position Outcomes

Our hope is to see increased academic engagement, enrollment in higher or post-secondary education, and improved social-emotional skills.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance

You will also have full access to our Wellness Center, pool, and fitness classes.

Education Benefits

CPR, First Aid, lifeguard and WOOF Certification.

Skills you will gain

Researching, mentoring, team management skills, recruiting and talent evaluation.

Competencies You Will Develop

Communication
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, 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
Teamwork
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
Decisions
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
Tools
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
Planning
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
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, 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 Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Recreation or Youth Center, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 8

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