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Position

Full-Time AmeriCorps Member

Breakthrough Central Texas
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Members provide mentoring, academic support, coaching, program planning and implementation, and other varied activities to contribute to the success of Breakthrough students.

Service Activities

•Act as a role model to Breakthrough students
•Communicate with students and families as needed
•Work closely with assigned Program Coordinator to provide individualized support to assigned caseload (40-50 students)
•Provide academic support services to students at the Breakthrough office or at the student’s campus
•Assist in the development and implementation of after-school and Saturday programming
•Mentor students on the skills and strategies needed for success in school, including organization, time management, homework completion, and study habits
•Coach students through the high school application process, including researching schools, filling out applications, writing essays, and preparing for interviews
•Coach students through the college application process, including researching schools, filling out applications, writing essays, finding scholarships, and applying for financial aid
•Develop and implement SAT and ACT test preparation activities
•Introduce productive summer opportunities to Breakthrough students and monitor their engagement and completion
•Support Breakthrough’s high-school graduates in their efforts to enroll in and graduate from college, including maintaining regular communication, designing appropriate outreach activities, and providing referrals, advice, and assistance with enrollment, transfers, persistence, and financial aid
•Aid in the planning and implementation of Breakthrough’s summer programming (Middle School Summer Programs, 10th Grade Leadership Institute, College Application Kick Off)
•Participate actively in all training, professional development, civic reflection, and service activities

Community Need Addressed

Breakthrough is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a path through college for first-generation college graduates. Beginning in sixth grade, AmeriCorps members provide essential support to students who are on this path.

Position Outcomes

AmeriCorps Members help Breakthrough reach it's mission of increasing high school graduation, college enrollment, and college completion for low-income first-generation students.

Benefits

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

• Living Stipend (minimum $13,732) • Education Award- upon completion of 1700 service hours, all members are eligible to receive an Education Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service ($5,920) • Optional health insurance coverage • Non-monetary benefits (on-going support and professional development from experienced educators and non-profit leaders)

Education Benefits

College Degree

Skills you will gain

-Time management -Prioritization -Effective Communication -Leadership -Decision-making

Competencies You Will Develop

Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, 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, 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
Tools
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
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, 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 Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Higher Education Institution, High School, Middle School
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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