Individuals who serve as a Corps Member with Impact America spend a year of service after graduation at a nationally recognized organization working to mitigate the effects of poverty, while also gaining professional experience and a broadened perspective. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service, as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. Corps Members are in the community every day, collaborating with community partners and interacting with a diverse group of people, ranging from preschoolers to college students to working parents.
Positions are currently available in Birmingham, AL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Memphis, TN; Tallahassee, FL; and Greenville, SC.
Individuals who serve as a Corps Member with Impact America spend a year of service after graduation at a nationally recognized organization working to mitigate the effects of poverty, while also gaining professional experience and a broadened perspective. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service, as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. Corps Members are in the community every day, collaborating with community partners and interacting with a diverse group of people, ranging from preschoolers to college students to working parents. The following provides a general idea of what service with each initiative entails:
FocusFirst (AL, TN, FL, SC): Conduct vision screenings at Head Start and daycare centers throughout your state of service. Ensure that follow-up care is provided for all children who need it.
SaveFirst (AL, TN, FL, SC): Obtain certification as an Advanced Volunteer Tax Preparer. Recruit and train college students on tax law. Manage students’ service at community-based sites. Implement marketing strategies to encourage families to utilize free tax preparation. Develop community partnerships to establish tax preparation sites.
SpeakFirst (AL): Serve as a debate coach for middle school students in Birmingham. Supervise students at debate tournaments. Provide tutoring and standardized test preparation. Plan cultural activities for students.
CollegeFirst (AL): Plan and implement a three-week summer enrichment program for high school students to prepare them for AP courses. Recruit and train college students to serve as mentors. Provide support to AP teachers during classroom lectures, laboratory experiments, and small group activity/discussion times.
Stories from the Line (TN): Identify compelling stories related to our work and produce a series of short films, capturing those stories and developing them into meaningful narratives that can positively influence awareness and action.
Community Need Addressed
AmeriCorps Members serving with Impact America engage with communities through Impact’s five initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst, SpeakFirst, CollegeFirst, and Stories from the Line. FocusFirst ensures that children in urban and rural communities receive comprehensive vision care during their crucial formative years. SaveFirst provides free tax preparation and savings opportunities to facilitate economic improvement for working families. SpeakFirst uses academic debate as a platform to support middle school and high school Birmingham students and to guide them on a path toward college excellence. CollegeFirst pairs talented college mentors with promising high school students to strengthen foundational concepts in preparation for the rigor of AP coursework. Stories from the Line navigates the complexities of poverty through a series of short films that chronicle the lives of individuals and families living in poverty.
Collectively, AmeriCorps Members serving with Impact America in Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida will provide vision screenings for more than 75,000 children through the FocusFirst initiative and tax preparation for 14,500 families through the SaveFirst initiative. Members serving in Alabama will implement a summer learning program for 150 high school students through the CollegeFirst program and debate and college preparation activities for 16 high school students and 120 middle school students through the SpeakFirst initiative.
Members will also assist in the recruitment and training of more than 1,200 volunteers in support of these efforts.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Meals when providing service outside of your home county, Mileage reimbursement when driving your personal car for service, All travel costs during overnight trips (hotel, rental car, meals)
Skills you will gain
Volunteer Management, Public Speaking, Customer Service, Effective Communication
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, 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, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel
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
Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines
Able to prioritize various competing tasks
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization