AmeriCorps Fellows power the Middle School Academy, the core and most intensive element in Tenacity’s Pathway. Small teams of AmeriCorps Fellows serve at each of Tenacity’s 4 partner middle schools, offering individual and group support to students. As part of their service experience from August through June, Fellows:
Deliver literacy and tennis/fitness curricula, provide academic and high school planning support, lead field trips, and engage families
Develop their teaching, professional, communication, career development, and leadership skills and networks
Serve alongside and with the day-to-day support of Tenacity’s professional, school-based staff
Attend regular team-building and professional development events
Fellows typically serve in school buildings; during the pandemic Fellows are serving remotely. Decisions about service delivery being in-person or remote will be made in collaborations with Tenacity’s Boston Public Schools partners.
AmeriCorps Fellows collaborate with their assigned teams of Staff and Fellows to provide excellent programming to Tenacity students. AmeriCorps Fellows:
Deliver curricula for literacy, high school selection, tennis/fitness, and tutoring
Collaborate with school-based teams, attending Tenacity meetings and school meetings for planning and student support
Develop lesson plans for literacy and tennis/fitness activities
Support students in developing critical social, emotional, and life skills, through individual and small group support
Design and lead an elective (topics are determined based on each Fellow’s interests and experiences)
Provide student academic support through “pushing in” to classes if requested by teachers and/or school principals
Engage families through scheduled visits and workshops, as well as as-needed outreach
Each Fellow serves in a “specialty role” such as Family Engagement Fellow, Academic Fellow, and Tennis Fellow. Fellows take a larger leadership role for their assign specialty role – for example Academic Fellows take a leadership role in literacy planning, Tennis Fellows with fitness planning, and Family Engagement Fellows with family events and outreach materials. Fellows provide input to Site Directors in determining specialty roles.
AmeriCorps Fellows also engage actively in their own learning and as members of the broader Tenacity team. Fellows:
Engage fully in trainings, which include a two-week orientation at the start of service and regular trainings throughout the year; training focuses on Tenacity’s model, teaching and coaching skills, inclusive family engagement, as well as leadership and career development and more
Learn and collaborate through regular meetings with school-based Tenacity Staff and AmeriCorps program staff
Attend Tenacity-wide team meetings
Participate in three performance evaluations
Throughout their service, AmeriCorps Fellows represent Tenacity and AmeriCorps, support school partnership, and drive positive student outcomes in alignment with policies and professional expectations.
In addition, Fellows also:
Plan and lead field trips and high school visits
Prepare newsletters for family outreach
Lead small group book clubs and other specialized program activities
Administer surveys or other tools for data collection on student performance
Assist in student recruitment
Complete administrative needs such as timesheets and email management in a professional and timely manner
Contribute to the planning of (and attend) mid-year and end-of-year ceremonies celebrating student achievements
Serve as a bus chaperone and support other programmatic logistics
Tenacity does not discriminate toward individuals on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, ability, religion, marital status, or sexual orientation or identity. Tenacity seeks to nurture diversity among its many members. When requested, Tenacity will make reasonable accommodations for individuals with a permanent or temporary disability.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Food stamps are also a possibility as legally allowed to AmeriCorps Members.
Monthly Public Transportation Pass
More than 100 hours of professional development
Generous time off
Credential or Certification
High School Graduate
English, Creole, Spanish
Subject to criminal background check