The New Hartford Library Youth Services AmeriCorps 4-H Project Coordinator will work with volunteers, community partners, and professionals to enhance and expand positive youth development programming and outreach opportunities to youth in the New Hartford community and library service area. The member will strive to deliver recurring, nonformal programming that lead toward multiple youth life skill outcomes, including Productive Citizens, Outstanding Communicators, Effective Leaders, and Successful Learners. The member will also be responsible for recruiting and training volunteers to enhance programming opportunities and lead to sustainable programming for the host organization.
Additional activities will include:
• Lead Pre-teen Advisory Board for 5th to 8th graders. Provide a safe space and support for youth to share, be creative, and bring their ideas to fruition.
• Research the possibility of offering a Wednesday early-out after-school program. Propose plans for what it would offer children. Interview school officials and other libraries who offer this program to learn what paperwork is necessary and what guidelines and curriculum are used. In discussion with library staff and board, seek out and collaborate with the school and other local organizations to develop and execute a plan to realize this program in our community, using volunteers.
• Lead weekly Kids Book Club for preschoolers and homeschoolers 12:30-2:00 Thursday during school year, 1:00-3:00 with programming of guest presenters in the summer. Plan reading material, snack, and related activity such as craft, song, game or tech tie-in, for each meeting.
• Conduct outreach activities and recruit youth to engage in library programs, including collaboration with schools in New Hartford and Dike and with other community organizations (such as FFA, Women’s Club, Lion’s Club, etc.) to complete projects, promote programs, and recruit participants.
• Explore programs of interest to teens that could fulfill needs in our community such as book clubs or study groups, including any that adults and teens could enjoy together (special book club, crafts classes, teen tech help for seniors, etc.)
• Help maintain and add to the children, youth, and young adult collections including print, digital media, and objects for the “Library of Things” through book drives and in relation to the projects on which the member works. For example, if there is a crochet class for teens in the works, add to our books about crocheting. If Kids Book Club is using the puppets but books to go with them are lacking, add those books. If PTAB decides to sponsor a frisbee golf competition, add frisbees to the Library of Things.
• Propose and present original ideas according to the member’s interests and expertise. This could take the form of introducing an established library program or service or coming up with something entirely original.
• Participate in orientation and in-house training provided. Attend outside training as available and needed or desired. Visit other libraries to observe how their youth programs succeed.
• Debrief, plan, and collaborate with the library director daily. Plan and collaborate with other library staff, board, and volunteers when pertinent
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, 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
• Member should have a love for and experience in serving children, youth, and young adults. Should be familiar with or willing to learn best pacing for each age group, wait time, positive reinforcement, and safe practices in order to support their emotional and intellectual ability to thrive and grow.
• Member should be passionate about books, reading, and libraries.
• Member is able to use or learn how to use Canva, Excel, Word, and Destiny Follett (our Library Management System).
• Member should be creative, self-motivated, able to show and explain ideas, collaborate, and implement ideas and plans.
• Member is able to accept constructive feedback, and adjust practices or plans based on feedback.
• Member must be able to organize project paperwork and prepare in advance for meetings and activities.
• Member must be able to express concerns and needs, and listen and respond to those of others.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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