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AmeriCorps EXL Mentor

CalSERVES AmeriCorps
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AmeriCorps EXL is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious team working towards closing the achievement gap and removing barriers to learning for youth. Students are at the heart of our work. We are seeking a proactive, enthusiastic, and independent AmeriCorps EXL Tutors to support the academic and social skills development of high-need students in local area schools. We partner with schools to identify students who would benefit from a positive, adult role model that can give targeted academic support as well as mentor students to be their most resilient selves.

Service Activities

• Active Recess is structured and organized activities facilitated by adults in order to include students in games / sports while building conflict resolution skills.

• Plan and facilitate active recess activities and games during core day and after school recess/breaks and lunch times, focusing on supporting positive student behaviors

• Members are assigned a daily game that they facilitate and engage with students.

Mentoring: Conduct 60 minutes of SEL Mentoring each week with students 1-to-1, in small groups up to 3.

• Students will work with the Mentor for the duration of the school year.

• Mentors will facilitate lessons. These lesson plans are created by the members and / or provided by the teacher.
Mentors will support approximately 20 students throughout the course of the school year.

• Expanded Learning programs support selected students beyond the classroom, often outside the normal school day hours. Expanded Learning programs are often referred to as After school programs.

• Support the after school program daily via the homework help hour.

• EXL Members will engage with groups of students to lead physical, SEL (social emotional learning), and enrichment activities.

• EXL Members will help facilitate the student summer program.

• Participate in training and professional development to improve quality services for youth

• Participate in National Service events to support the local community

• Members will work with their school site team to recruit both one-time (ex. presenters) and ongoing volunteers during the school year.

Community Need Addressed

Do you enjoy helping children achieve better social skills or are you thinking about pursuing a career in education? AmeriCorps Expanded Learning (EXL) program provides an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious team working towards closing the achievement gap and removing learning barriers for youth. As an EXL Mentor you will play an integral role in supporting the academic and social skills development of high-need students in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Students are at the heart of our work. Our program partners with schools to identify students who would benefit from a positive, adult role model that can give targeted academic support as well as mentor students to be their most resilient selves.

Position Outcomes

• Positively represent EXL in a variety of settings, including recruitment opportunities, staff meetings, trainings, and service events
• Assist with other community building activities at the Partner Site
• Create and maintain positive relationships with program staff
• Submit monthly Great Stories and volunteer data in the OnCorps tracking system
• Conform to regular, timely attendance requirements at the assigned service site
• Duties take place at multiple site locales throughout California with training seminars at designated locations. Position requires occasional travel. Must be able to work indoors and outdoors, as well as some night and weekend hours
• Must meet the program essential job functions, reasonable accommodation available upon request
• Must be able to adapt to change in work environment, accept feedback and growth opportunities, effectively handle multiple tasks and competing demands, work cooperatively in group situations work actively to resolve conflicts, and work well with others on a team
• Work independently and as a member of a team with strong organizational skills and the ability to effectively handle multiple tasks
• Possess leadership and interpersonal skills to work effectively with others
• An interest in and/or a background in community service and volunteerism


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend

• Monthly living stipend of $2,000 • Segal Education Award of $6,495* • California For All Education Award $3,505* (pending annual California State budget approval) • Health Benefits • Childcare (if applicable) • Eligibility for CalFresh (CA’s food stamp program) • Moving stipend for applicants traveling from over 250 miles from the service site • Student loan deferment and interest repayment • Extensive Professional Development and experiential learning opportunities

Education Benefits

College Degree, GED/High School Diploma

CPR/First Aid

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
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Arts & Culture, Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 10 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Elementary School, Middle School, School District
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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