The AmeriCorps 4-H Positive Youth Development Specialist Member will work with youth, volunteers, community partners, and professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate a series of educational programs and experiences that work toward multiple life skill outcomes – Productive Citizens, Outstanding Communicators, Effective Leaders, and Successful Learners. This member will serve in a team environment with the Iowa Department of Human Rights program staff to facilitate and develop youth educational opportunities. Specific service activities include:
- Coordinate recruitment of prospective members, including developing materials, attending festivals and events, meeting with adult professionals, conducting presentations, and interviewing each applicant for the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC)
- Update recruitment materials to ensure diverse geographical, racial, and gender representation,
- Facilitate onboarding on new members, including collecting member information, facilitating the appointment of each youth, consent forms and facilitating two orientation sessions,
- Plan and implement multiple meetings throughout the academic year, including planning meals, making agendas, coordinating speakers, booking meeting spaces, facilitating meetings, and intentionally creating each meeting in partnership with SIYAC leadership to ensure meetings align with the Council’s goals,
- Provide real-time support to SIYAC members, including having regular check-ins (short, informal meetings with members), following up with youth who are missing meetings, and being responsive to any communication from members and their families,
- Collaborate on implementing the Iowa Collaboration for YouthDevelopment’s 3-Year Action Plan focused on youth engagement and positive youth development throughout youth-serving state agencies in Iowa,
- Provide support to National Youth in Transition Database Ambassadors, a team of 3 staff working to improve data collection on older youth in foster care,
- Serve on the planning team for the Annual Youth LeadershipAcademy, a week-long summer camp for youth with disabilities. This can include: providing ideas, recruiting youth, facilitating parts of the camp, reviewing information, and other duties as assigned,
- Serve on the planning team for the Family and Youth Engagement Summit, an annual summit focused on advancing authentic engagement in juvenile justice and child welfare. This can include: providing ideas, helping create agendas, reaching out to prospective partners and speakers, developing materials and other duties as assigned,
- Collaborate on designing and implementing the inaugural community-level Youth Action Squads, including developing relationships, providing thought partnership and attending site visits.
The member may be asked to participate in additional service activities that are not included in the member position description but are in alignment with the approved grant activities.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Professional Development Fund which allows members to determine their own professional development opportunities, Positive Youth Development training, CPR/First Aid Training (or Disaster Response Training if CPR is completed), Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification, Leadership Experience, Strong Connection to Alumni Network, Worker's Compensation, Included in Iowa State University's Employee Assistance Program that offers counseling and financial planning resources.
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma
Less than High School Completed
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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