The Iowa Youth Congress Coordinator AmeriCorps 4-H PYD 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, and conducting presentions,
- Maintain recruitment information to ensure diverse geographical, racial, and gender representation of youth participants in the Iowa Youth Congress,
- Facilitate onboarding with new members collecting member information, 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 to provide opportunities for youth to better understand how an idea becomes a law,
- Provide real-time support to IYC members, including having check-ins and follow-ups with youth who are missing meetings,
- Communicate effectively with members and families throughout the program year,
- Collaborate on implementing the Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development's 3-Year Action Plan focused on youth engagement and positive youth development throughout youth-serving state agencies in Iowa,
- Co-coordinate Youth Shadow Week, an annual event that provides youth the opportunity to shadow state leaders in government, including making matches, prepping youth and adults, and providing day-of support.
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
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Previous experience working with youth or developing educational programming is preferred.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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