Members serve 300 hours (approximately 40-45 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 (KCU) summer program site (an elementary school in Cedar Rapids, IA). AmeriCorps members will have the opportunity to 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, serving over 50,000 meals a summer.
Perform in-class and 1-on-1 tutoring sessions with struggling learners
Support enrichment programming
Perform Check and Connect sessions with students to assess behaviors, needs, and participation
Perform scheduled mentoring activities such as lunch buddies
Organize and implement large scale events promoting education or engagement – such as family nights
Before and after KCU student transportation support
Serve at a KCU aftercare partner site after 1:30 pm – such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Jane Boyd Community House, or others leading enrichment programming.
Implement Summer Operation Backpack weekend food bag program by packing bags and delivering them to the schools.
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
Elementary school students will reverse academic summer learning loss and return to school in the fall with more reading and math skills.
Elementary school students will increase their reading and math skills as reflected on school district approved and implemented reading and math assessments.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Skills you will gain
Tutoring, teaching, team work, working with students from backgrounds of trauma, student behavior management
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, Turn taking
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, 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, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, 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
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