RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps Member Education Coordinator
TIME: June 4, 2018 - August 11, 2018 (10 Weeks)
BENEFITS: Living Stipend- $2000 for 300 hours service term (30 per week), $1200 education award, potential childcare assistance.
LOCATIONS: Des Moines, Waterloo, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Storm Lake, more
APPLY: Please apply online at www.refugeeRISEiowa.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
EMBARC is searching for service-minded individuals to serve diverse refugee communities in Iowa through our RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps program. You will work with community agencies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate education, referrals, outreach, and direct services to refugee families in need. As an AmeriCorps service member, you will also be responsible for recruiting and training new volunteers from within the refugee community as well as the broader community.
Learn more about AmeriCorps.
The Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center is a grassroots organization founded by refugees from Burma in 2011 to help refugees through advocacy, education and community development. More information at www.embarciowa.org
Outreach and Assessment
• Cultivate trusting relationships with community organizations serving refugees.
• Gather information on refugee economic barriers and unmet community needs through focus groups, one-on-one meetings, and public awareness activities.
• Participate in developing culturally and linguistically appropriate workshops and informational resources for refugees learning about resources in the community.
• Provide refugees with appropriate connections to job training and skill development resources through small group workshops and one-on-one advising.
• Attend meetings, consultation, and reviews with immediate supervisor and those provided by AmeriCorps staff.
• Develop and work toward personal and professional learning goals, attend at least three learning opportunities, and meet regularly with assigned mentor.
• Interest and respect for different cultures with a commitment to social justice.
• Willingness to serve 10 weeks.
• Experience finding and connecting to community resources.
• Experience training or teaching adults, preferably across racial, cultural, class, and gender differences.
• Ability and willingness to work and collaborate in a team setting.
• Flexible, practical, energetic, and self-motivated
• Ability to communicate effectively in English. Ability to communicate in a language of one of Iowa’s refugee communities is a plus, but not required.
• Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.
• Ability to use a computer for e-mail communication, online reporting (monthly time reports, quarterly impact data), and preparing monthly success stories/reflections.
START DATE: June 4- August 11, 2018
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance
Program will help member with GED, citizenship, or other goals related to economic self-sufficiency.
GED/High School Diploma
Less than High School Completed
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Language needs: Swahili, French, Karen, Karenni, Burmese, Arabic, and much more
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check