Project POWER, which stands for Putting Opportunity Within Everyone’s Reach, is seeking dedicated individuals to fill 20 full-time positions to provide increased enrichment and mentoring services to vulnerable youth in western North Carolina. Each member will serve 1700 hours during a 12 month term. A program of Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County, Project POWER/AmeriCorps has contributed to the success of thousands of young people across the area, and has provided meaningful service opportunities to hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers since 1998.
Entering its twenty second year, Project POWER/AmeriCorps has served thousands of youth with multiple activities designed to impact the high school drop-out rate in Buncombe County, including one-to-one mentoring, participation in the design and completion of service learning projects, and developmental training in conflict resolutions skills. In addition, Project POWER/AmeriCorps seeks to empower community members to increase engagement with youth with an extensive volunteer component that includes recruitment, training and support of volunteers.
Services associated with Project POWER/AmeriCorps are provided by AmeriCorps members at community and faith-based sites, including public schools, non-profit agencies, and charter schools. Below are the stated performance objectives of Project POWER/AmeriCorps:
Provide specialized academic enrichment activities for at-risk youth by offering classroom assistance during the school day and after-school assistance in learning centers.
Recruit, train, and support volunteers who provide services along with AmeriCorps members.
Increase at-risk youth’s ability to connect with their community through service and volunteering.
Provide ongoing, extensive training/continuing education for AmeriCorps members who deliver the services of Project POWER.
Project POWER/AmeriCorps provides specialized academic enrichment, volunteer recruitment and support, and service learning to the community and member development to our members. These components help increase the capacity of our local non-profit and school partners by providing trained, committed volunteers to provide enrichment and volunteer opportunities for community members and at-risk youth in Buncombe County.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Professional Development and Training Opportunities: Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), CPR/First Aid/AED, Diversity Workshop, Poverty Simulation, 5 Service Days, Grant Writing Training, and more.
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma
High School Graduate
Subject to criminal background check
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