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AmeriCorps Great Futures Learning Coordinator

Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
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The AmeriCorps Learning Coordinator will assist with the implementation of STEM, Literacy and High-Yield Learning programming with the goal of increasing youth academic performance and engagement. The AmeriCorps Learning Coordinator will also support the mission and vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia by establishing positive relationships with Club members, fostering an academically-enriching Club environment, and engaging with community members and volunteers.

Service Activities

 Coordinating one of three components of the Project Learn program model: STEM, Literacy Enrichment, or High-Yield Learning.
 Planning and leading daily lessons and activities for Club members that contribute to BGCP’s culture of learning.
 Establishing positive, trusting relationships with Club members by modeling positive adult-youth relationships and utilizing effective behavior management techniques.
 Collaborating with fellow AmeriCorps Members and Club staff to create an encouraging, academically-enriching environment for Club members of all ages.
 Gathering, recording and tracking relevant program data related to youth participation, attendance and outcomes and consistently monitoring youth progress towards goals.
 Complete program-related tasks such as general upkeep of program spaces, assisting with Club transition times, and maintaining positive and professional interactions with staff, Club members and their families, and Club visitors.
 Establishing connections with individuals and volunteers in the community and at the Club to enhance Boys & Girls Club programming and Club beautification.
 Participating in all required trainings and community service activities, including but not limited to Member Orientation, AmeriCorps citizenship training, and Boys & Girls Club content-specific and youth development trainings.
 Complying with all AmeriCorps and Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia policies regarding conduct and expectations.
 Complying with Mandated Reporting policies and reporting any suspected Child Abuse or Neglect following the procedures mandated by the State of Pennsylvania.
 Representing AmeriCorps and Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia in a manner that conveys professionalism, confidentiality, courtesy, fairness, personal integrity, and respect for others.
 Respecting confidentiality of Club members, families, staff and fellow AmeriCorps Members.

Community Need Addressed

The AmeriCorps Great Futures Program aims to provide academic support to youth participants at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, bridging the gap between the resources available to the youth in Philadelphia’s impoverished communities versus wealthier surrounding areas. In the neighborhoods Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia serves, youth poverty rates average 53%, which puts our youth at risk for long-term consequences including academic, social and health issues. The public high schools in these neighborhoods have an average on-time graduation rate of 61%, and third grade reading proficiency scores are as low as 14%. Serving youth by providing necessary educational resources will help them stay in school and on track to high school graduation with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty in these communities.

Position Outcomes

• Program Implementation: The AmeriCorps Team Leader will improve the academic performance and attitudes toward learning of youth participants in the AmeriCorps Great Futures Program.

Benefits

Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Benefits

CPR, First Aid, Literacy and STEM instruction

Skills you will gain

CPR, First Aid, Literacy instruction, STEM instruction, project management, classroom management

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, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Improvise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
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
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
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, 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
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Less than High School Completed
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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