As an AmeriCorps member, you will dedicate a year of service, (August 2019 through June 2020), by immersing yourself in the culture and routine in one of our four locations. You will collaborate with diverse stakeholders to instruct and mentor students and help develop a community where our students will thrive. By providing individualized instruction to our students and developing relationships, you play an active and integral role in preparing them for college and beyond. This is a service role through AmeriCorps with regular full-time hours. Many of our students enter Great Oaks below grade level and this role requires hard work, creativity, and a dedication to helping students beat the odds.
Specific responsibilities include:
-Fostering student achievement
-Provide daily tutoring to several small groups of Great Oaks students
-Assess student progress on a regular basis
-Lead after-school student clubs
-Work with students to set individualized, student driven goals
-Building relationships with families through weekly phone calls and other communications to maintain an open conversation about student performance
-Attend family events to help further build the school community
-Assist with other activities and projects that directly impact student success, including providing in-class or curriculum support, organizing or leading after school clubs, or working with our culture teams
Community Need Addressed
Many of our students enter our schools several grade levels behind academically. Great Oaks provides every student in our schools with individualized small group tutoring built into their school day. The tutoring our students receive during their school day helps them to get up to grade level or beyond and to become prepared for college. It is our goal to send all our students to a 4-year college when they graduate High School.
The desired outcome is academic success, character development, and college readiness for all Great Oaks students.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Great Oaks Fellows are offered a housing benefit where they receive fully furnished shared housing (utilities included) for a nominal cost. Great Oaks subsidizes the majority of the housing cost. This is a unique feature of our program that sets us apart from many other AmeriCorps programs. Fellows are also eligible to receive an additional "Segal Education Award" once they complete 1700 hours of service as a member in good standing.
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
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