Kids on Course Academic Support Specialists will focus on four areas of student impact - skill building, after school enrichment, expanding volunteer activities, and summer programming. Half-time members will serve 900 hours in a 31 week term.
Perform in-class, small group, and 1-on-1 tutoring sessions with struggling learners and document these sessions in Microsoft Excel
Lead enrichment programming at their respective site in conjunction with Kids on Course Learning Lab school year program and elementary Kids on Course University, Middle School Scholar Camp, or High School Boot Camp summer programs
Perform Check and Connect sessions with students to assess behaviors, needs, and participation
Perform scheduled mentoring activities such as lunch buddies
Serve as a member of a site team to organize and implement large scale events promoting education or engagement
Manage and recruit volunteers to assist in literacy interventions, read to children, pack and distribute weekend food bags, and provide enrichment activities
Student transportation support for after school and summer programs
This program may require the member to engage in additional allowable activities that support the AmeriCorps program design, and which help the program meet its goals. In no circumstance, will members be asked or allowed to perform prohibited activities.
Community Need Addressed
To provide academic support and increase engagement for low-income children, kindergarten through 12th grade, through literacy and math tutoring, enrichment curricula, coordination of after school interventions, and summer programming in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. At the end of the first year, the AmeriCorps will be responsible for lessening the achievement gap in the Cedar Rapids community.
Kids on Course AmeriCorps can reduce the achievement gap for low-income students in the Cedar Rapids area. The AmeriCorps program will have an output goal of ED1: 70 elementary students participating in one-on-one or small group tutoring in school or after school. By providing well-rounded academic, enrichment, and engagement interventions, Kids on Course AmeriCorps will reach its targeted outcome goal of ED5: 50 elementary students increase reading proficiency from fall to spring based on standardized assessments.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, 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, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, 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, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment