Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps members serve as supportive mentors and tutors to at-risk students in Central Texas. AmeriCorps members are placed on an elementary or middle-school campus and serve a caseload of students with whom they meet with individually for one hour per week. Communities In Schools of AmeriCorps members service is individually tailored to each students needs and may include assistance with academics, behavior, self-esteem, attendance or any other barriers the student is facing which will affect their academic success.
Communities In Schools of Central Texas Reduced Full-Time AmeriCorps members must complete 1,200 hours in 10 months (September - June) by providing tutoring and mentoring service to a caseload of at-risk students. Members must also attend three special service projects, facilitate one volunteer recruitment session and a service-learning project.
Community Need Addressed
Over 100,000 students in Central Texas are at-risk of dropping out of school. Children cannot learn when they are in crisis or face significant obstacles. Most students who drop out of school are dealing with multiple problems that present barriers to their education: poverty, unattended health needs, hunger, an unemployed parent, domestic violence. High school dropouts cost Texas tax payers an average of $292,000 each over the course of their lives.
Communities In Schools of Central Texas surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools is a dropout prevention program. Through campus-based programs and special projects, Communities In Schools creates a network of volunteers, social services, businesses, and community resources that work together to break down barriers and help students succeed. And the formula works: last year, 99% of the students intensively served by Communities In Schools stayed in school.
Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps members serve as mentors and academic supporters to 1,000 at-risk students each year. Each member has a caseload of students with whom they meet individually with for 1 hour per week. Communities In Schools of Central Texas AmeriCorps members plan weekly meetings based on the individual student's needs. Depending on the student's needs, AmeriCorps members help address academic, behavior and attendance issues to increase academic engagement.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Student Loans: You may place most existing federal student loans into forbearance while you serve (meaning you do not have to make payments on them).
Interest Accrual: AmeriCorps will also pay off some or all of the interest accrued on qualified loans during your year of service (upon successful completion of your service year) for the loans placed into forbearance through AmeriCorps. Giving a year of service is like getting 10 interest-free months on your loans.
Nutrition Benefits: Finally, you may also qualify for SNAP nutrition benefits, which can be used to supplement or replace your food budget. Many AmeriCorps members use these funds to stretch their incomes farther. Full-time members may qualify for as much as $189 a month for the purchase of food. If you have dependents you may be eligible for additional funds.
Access to Employers of National Service: Employers of National Service connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Through this initiative, employers have increased access to a dedicated, highly qualified, and mission-oriented pool of potential employees, and national service alumni have additional opportunities to apply their skills in the workplace. Here is a list of current employers: https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/employers-national-service/search-network
Access to nation-wide AmeriCorps alumni network: AmeriCorps Alums is dedicated to getting things done for AmeriCorps alums and members actively serving. The only national network that connects the nearly
1 million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs to the people, ideas, and resources that support our commitment to a lifetime of service. Network, find a job, find – and finance – a school of your choice, serve, and get benefits: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?WhyJoin
Everyone has different financial needs, and only you can decide whether the compensation and benefits will work for you and your family. Ultimately the decision to serve is not an economic one. You already understand that what drives people to serve is intangible. It is their desire to share knowledge, be a role model, reach into communities and create something genuinely good. If you are dedicated to making a direct impact on children’s futures, be sure to also consider all the tangible benefits that AmeriCorps offers.
CPR/First Aid certification, tutoring and mentoring skills, service learning, conflict resolution, group facilitation, professional skills.
Skills you will gain
Tutoring and mentoring skills, service learning, conflict resolution, group facilitation, professional skills.
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, 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, 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
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