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DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Member

DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services
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Are you passionate about youth empowerment, education, the arts and social justice? Join the DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Team!

For ten-months, 19 DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps members create positive youth development opportunities in schools and local agencies throughout the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps program seeks to champion education through mentoring, tutoring, and coordinating activities that inspire young people. AmeriCorps members use arts, positive youth development and a student-centered approach to support young people’s autonomy, belonging and personal learning aspirations. Members gain practical experience and build leadership skills that transfer across careers and vocations, particularly those related to education, youth work, arts, social justice, nonprofits and community work.

Service Activities

The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Program (DSAP) has three core elements:
• On-site youth work
• Team service project
• Weekly training and reflection to build youth work skills and increase knowledge of different learning styles, social justice issues, arts integration, motivational interviewing, asset-based community development, group dynamics and facilitation.

The program creates a supportive learning community that challenges members to build on their strengths and put their values into practice. Frequently, members make connections during their term that lead to future opportunities in this region and beyond.

Community Need Addressed

~ Social Justice ~ Build autonomy, belonging, and a sense of confidence in young folks ~ School drop out rates ~ Homelessness ~

Position Outcomes

~ Increase self-efficacy ~ positive youth development ~ civic engagement ~ access to education and housing ~ developing life skills ~


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

How DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Members Benefit: Gain practical experience and build leadership skills that transfer across careers and vocations, particularly those related to education, youth work, the arts, social justice, nonprofits, social work and community building. Make connections that lead to future opportunities in the region and beyond. Participate in a supportive learning community that challenges members to build on their strengths and put their values into practice.

Skills you will gain

Youth work & leadership skills: Apply fundamentals of positive youth development; Use positive reframing to highlight strengths of youth and community; Communicate effectively and compassionately with youth; Create space for diverse people to build relationships and strengthen community; Organize and facilitate youth leadership development activities; Identify basic risk and protective factors in youth development; Challenge and develop values and attitude of youth in a supportive manner; Map out, connect and build on the assets of a community; Integrate art and creative strategies into learning environments; Engage youth and community in projects; Inspire intrinsic motivation in youth to work towards learning goals; Group facilitation

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, 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
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 GED
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Arts Organization, Charter School, Community-based Nonprofit, Disability Services Organization, High School, Middle School, Recreation or Youth Center, School-based Nonprofit, Volunteer Placement Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 6

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