The Maine Downtown Center Main Street Fellow will serve as the Recovery and Equity Coordinator, whose role is to organize and analyze data from Maine's 28 Main Street communities to identify trends, particularly of unaddressed needs related to recovery from the pandemic and to create equitable outcomes. The Recovery and Equity Coordinator will then develop strategies to address those trends including assembling a FAQ, case studies, collecting resources, and more. They will develop a format for storytelling and case studies that demonstrates outcomes, best practices, and replicable examples, again particularly related to recovery and equity. In 2021, the Recovery and Equity Coordinator may be "loaned" to a member community for short term design research and action research projects that are 2-6 weeks in duration. Projects will be focused on recovery and equity, and may include gathering of data, observations, and interviews to provide preliminary insights; implementing a design intervention such as tactical urbanism and gathering data through observations, interviews and other mechanisms; piloting a prototypical workshop, training, or other opportunity, again gathering data; and other possibilities.
The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program provides support for host communities by:
- Strengthening capacity for economic and community development through asset identification and development, strategic planning and implementation, social capital building.
- Assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
- Professional development through custom trainings and mentorship.
- Health benefits are provided if Fellows are not already covered.
- Childcare allowance will be provided if the Fellow is eligible.
- Upon successful completion of the Fellow’s full-term of service, they will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award educational award in the amount of $6,195 in the National Service Trust.
- Upon enrollment and acceptance into the program, the Fellow is eligible for forbearance of any qualified federal student loans. For Fellows receiving forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion or all of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service if the Fellow successfully completes the term of service.
- Networking with other like-minded professionals and organizations.
- Complimentary registration to MDF events.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check