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Impact Alabama SpeakFirst Coach – AmeriCorps Member

Actively Recruiting

Openings

2 currently recruiting

Service Dates

July 24, 2017 - July 20, 2018

Application Window

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Location

  • Birmingham, AL

Contact Information

Sarah Louise Smith
(205) 934-0664
recruiting@impactamerica.com

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Description

A SpeakFirst coach will work with Impact Alabama staff and the SpeakFirst coaching team to develop and implement debate curriculum for the SpeakFirst initiative. The SpeakFirst initiative brings together twenty exemplary high school students from Birmingham area schools that do not provide a formal debate structure into an all-star debate team that participates in tournaments in Alabama and across the Southeast.

The team specializes in Public Forum Debate, which focuses on practical and philosophical questions about current domestic and foreign policy issues, and emphasizes the ability to debate and convey arguments about these issues persuasively to a judge. SpeakFirst coaches serve as advisors, discussion-leaders, and mentors who guide and improve the students’ research, argumentation, and speaking skills for each monthly topic.

SpeakFirst coach responsibilities include designing a summer debate orientation for new students; managing and coaching practices three evenings per week, inclusive of lesson planning and thorough editing of student work; coordinating registration and participation in 8-10 weekend tournaments throughout the academic year; and organizing recruitment for the next class of students. In addition, you may manage volunteer tutors and mentors, supervise homework tutoring sessions and standardized test preparation, coordinate college admissions planning and summer internships for students, and design extracurricular events to expose the students to important cultural and historical attractions throughout Alabama.

Responsibilities will also include collaborating with our SpeakFirst Middle School Coordinator to lead the SpeakFirst Middle School Debate League. This includes designing weekly workshops for middle school coaches in seven program schools, supervising instruction weekly at one of the program schools (Mondays, 3-5pm), and hosting four tournaments.



SpeakFirst coaches are full-time AmeriCorps members who also serve with Impact Alabama’s other service initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst, and CollegeFirst. SpeakFirst coaches will conduct 3-5 vision screenings for preschoolers, learn basic tax law to serve six hours per week at a SaveFirst tax site (February and March), and have the option to assist with the CollegeFirst Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students in Birmingham.

Position currently available in Birmingham, AL.

A SpeakFirst coach will work with Impact Alabama staff and the SpeakFirst coaching team to develop and implement debate curriculum for the SpeakFirst initiative. The SpeakFirst initiative brings together twenty exemplary high school students from Birmingham area schools that do not provide a formal debate structure into an all-star debate team that participates in tournaments in Alabama and across the Southeast.

The team specializes in Public Forum Debate, which focuses on practical and philosophical questions about current domestic and foreign policy issues, and emphasizes the ability to debate and convey arguments about these issues persuasively to a judge. SpeakFirst coaches serve as advisors, discussion-leaders, and mentors who guide and improve the students’ research, argumentation, and speaking skills for each monthly topic.

SpeakFirst coach responsibilities include designing a summer debate orientation for new students; managing and coaching practices three evenings per week, inclusive of lesson planning and thorough editing of student work; coordinating registration and participation in 8-10 weekend tournaments throughout the academic year; and organizing recruitment for the next class of students. In addition, you may manage volunteer tutors and mentors, supervise homework tutoring sessions and standardized test preparation, coordinate college admissions planning and summer internships for students, and design extracurricular events to expose the students to important cultural and historical attractions throughout Alabama.

Responsibilities will also include collaborating with our SpeakFirst Middle School Coordinator to lead the SpeakFirst Middle School Debate League. This includes designing weekly workshops for middle school coaches in seven program schools, supervising instruction weekly at one of the program schools (Mondays, 3-5pm), and hosting four tournaments.



SpeakFirst coaches are full-time AmeriCorps members who also serve with Impact Alabama’s other service initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst, and CollegeFirst. SpeakFirst coaches will conduct 3-5 vision screenings for preschoolers, learn basic tax law to serve six hours per week at a SaveFirst tax site (February and March), and have the option to assist with the CollegeFirst Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students in Birmingham.

Position currently available in Birmingham, AL.
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Living Allowance

$1044 - $1044 monthly

Benefits

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

Additional Benefits

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).

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Car recommended
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security, Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor

Placement

Individual and Team Placements

Service Setting

National Nonprofit/Affiliate

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities

Contact Information

Sarah Louise Smith
(205) 934-0664
recruiting@impactamerica.com

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