The Martha O’Bryan Center youth development program for elementary and middle school students is designed to support the whole child –academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to this support, students develop their interests and passions through the arts, recreation, and experiential learning opportunities in Nashville and beyond.
Duties and responsibilities include: support the Site Coordinator in curriculum development, preparation for guided reading lessons and planning for after school activities such as tutoring, homework help enrichment and service learning projects; review and reflect on anecdotal observations of students’ key experiences and design academic interventions to address individual student needs; assist Site Coordinator in entering pertinent data in tracking system; receive professional development; attend staff and partner meetings; conduct academic assessments 2-3 times per year, prepare parent activities designed to help them be more active and engaged in the after school program; assist K-8 Youth Development with on-going projects.
Throughout the year, AmeriCorps Members will learn the inner workings of running a successful academic intervention program and be presented with the opportunity to take ownership and leadership in various roles according to their interests. Specific opportunities for leadership have included technology assistance, media & marketing, community outreach and social-emotional curriculum design. K-8 Youth Development is proud to present each AmeriCorps Member with the opportunity to enhance programming with the unique interests, skills and experiences that he/she brings to the department. In addition, AmeriCorps members who demonstrate strong growth in the first half of their year of service may in the second half of the year be called to serve as Site Lead for their site, providing situational leadership as the point person for the site when the Site Coordinator is not available, with the support and guidance of the Site Coordinator, K-8 regular staff, and the AmeriCorps Director.
• Assist K-8 Leadership Team in curriculum creation, organization, and implementation.
• Coordinate with Site Coordinator on student recruitment and engagement strategies.
• Builds relationships with a small cohort of students.
• Provides hands-on academic assistance to students daily.
• Provides complementary homework help and foundational support daily.
• Helps each student achieve success by encouraging students to reach individual goals.
• Provides enrichment activities for students based on member’s individual gifts and talents.
• Plan and execute quarterly parent meetings.
• Sustain effective partnerships with community organizations.
• Assist Site Coordinators in preparation for upcoming week’s programming.
• Create enrichment lesson plans for activities.
• Utilize programming information to check attendance and communicate with parents.
• Inventory and organize program materials.
• Assist with childcare during parent events.
• Employ databases to assist programming and grant reporting (NAZA, LEAPS, SWORPS, ETO)
• Collect and utilize data to inform programming.
Community Need Addressed
Youth enrichment and academic achievement, family and community engagement in youth academics
Academic improvement and increased literacy and numeracy rates among elementary and middle school youth, social and emotional growth student
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Health insurance reimbursed up to $160/month. Cell phone bill reimbursed up to $25/month.
We emphasize professional development and training opportunities for our service year members.
We offer reduced housing rates in Nashville for service year members.
Skills you will gain
Youth development best practices, program management, classroom management, data management, problem solving & teamwork
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, 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
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
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
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, 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, 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