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Kids on Course AmeriCorps Summer Member

Zach Johnson Foundation
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Members serve 300 hours (approximately 35-40 hours a week) at their respective sites over the course the summer. Each Minimum Time Kids on Course AmeriCorps will serve at a Kids on Course University summer program site (an elementary school in Cedar Rapids, IA). AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to recruit volunteers to support the program, provide classroom aid to struggling learners, perform direct tutoring instruction, and lead enrichments designed to teach valuable skills. Members will also help eliminate the distraction of hunger, which can be a barrier to learning, by overseeing the Summer Meals and Summer Backpack Program at their respective sites. Last year, Kids on Course served more than 50,000 meals over the summer.

Service Activities

§ Perform in-class and 1-on-1 tutoring sessions with struggling learners and document these sessions in Microsoft Excel
§ Lead enrichment programming
§ Perform Check and Connect sessions with students to assess behaviors, needs, and
participation
§ Perform scheduled mentoring activities such as lunch buddies
§ Assist with organizing and implementing 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
§ 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

20 minimum-time members will participate in district run summer program called Kids on Course University. The program is headed by certified teachers and
district staff aimed at eliminating summer learning loss for elementary students. Low-income student can lose up to three months of learning over the summer due to lack of affordable programming (Atteberry & McEachin (2016). During these summer months, members will recruit volunteers to support the program, provide classroom aid to struggling learners, perform direct tutoring instruction, and lead enrichments designed to teach valuable skills. Members will also help eliminate the distraction of hunger, which can be a barrier to learning, by overseeing the Summer Meals and
Summer Backpack Program at their respective sites. Last year, Kids on Course served more than 50,000 meals over the summer, so no student in the program lacks nutrition when school is out. During the summer months, members will devote all of their weekly hours to the preparation, implementation, and clean-up of the Kids on Course University summer program.

Position Outcomes

The Kids on Course University Summer program aims to reduce and reverse summer learning loss. The quantifiable change is students maintaining or gaining reading and math skills over the summer as measured on Cedar Rapids Community School District approved assessment pre and post summer.

Benefits

Education award upon successful completion of service, Student loan forbearance, Training

Skills you will gain

working with low-income elementary students, building a network of education and non-profit professionals

Competencies You Will Develop
Communication
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
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
Teamwork
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
Decisions
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
Tools
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Set goals
Service
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
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 3 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Elementary School, Foundation, School-based Nonprofit, School District
  • Weekly Training Hours 3

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