Porter-Leath is recruiting 24 full-time AmeriCorps members, to be assigned individually and in two person teams to Head Start Centers in the Memphis metropolitan area. Each AmeriCorps Member will be assigned 20 children from within the center to work on literacy activities that focus on cognitive skills, reading abilities, and writing abilities. Members will work with their assigned children twice weekly for a minimum of 16 weeks to promote literacy school readiness.
Members will be assigned to specific classrooms to work with children selected by the classroom teachers from those with the lowest score of readiness, as well as those children identified with an Individual Education Plan. Each AmeriCorps member will use Brigance assessment results to develop individual lesson plans with the objective of increasing assessment scores for the students. the individualized attention provided for under-performing students will boost their attainment and performance, allowing them to keep up with their peers.
Porter-Leath AmeriCorps Members will recruit 120 volunteers who will commit to at least 2 hours of service, mostly focused on reading and literacy events in the Early Childhood Program centers.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
Members will receive in classroom experience that can translate to a career in the educational field.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Pursuing a professional career in early childhood education, elementary education, social services, or child development
Experience in serving inner city residents, students, or families
Working knowledge of lesson plan development or educational enrichment
Background in tutoring or academic mentoring
Enrolled in college with a minimum of 2.5 GPA
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Uniforms provided and required
Subject to criminal background check
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