The AmeriCorps Mentoring Specialist (AMS) will serve as a Big for waitlist Littles (ages 5-18) in a group mentor setting during afterschool hours and Saturdays. The AMS will focus on building upon and creating lessons for the youth that are centered on our 5 Big Pillars: Academic Enrichment, Music & the Arts, Digital Literacy, Career Pathways and Health & Wellness. AMS will also assist in volunteer recruitment and child recruitment for the Group Engagement and Mentoring (GEM) Department.
Prior to the youth arriving to the Carnival Center for Excellence (CCE), AMS's will prepare for youth programming, handle any child, parent, volunteer inquiries specific to the GEM department, attend child/volunteer recruitment events and participate in professional development opportunities/trainings. Once the youth arrive, AMS's will lead all activities with the youth in 45-60 minute sessions with the supervision of the AmeriCorps Program Manager.
Community Need Addressed
Mentorship for at-risk youth.
With the help of the AMS, youth will improve academic engagement, social-emotional skills, increase attendance and decrease disciplinary incidents.
Provide mentorship to Littles who are on our waitlist to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Through the group mentorship, youth will participate in programming related to our 5 Big Pillars. Through the group mentorship programming, youth with improve academic performance and show improved behavior.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
College Degree, Credential or Certification
Skills you will gain
Interpersonal and intercultural communication, project management, working in a team setting, time management, public speaking, conflict resolution
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, 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