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Family Educators work with the Parents and Little Scholars (PALS) program to instruct family literacy programs for parents and children (under 5). This program has two goals: 1. to build confidence for clients navigating new parenthood and the school system and 2. to build children's literacy levels and set them up for success when they enroll in school. Spanish proficiency required, only available in Austin

Service Activities

Family Educators will be heavily involved in:
- Leading and teaching classes for small children and adults
- Building professional rapport with clients
- Curriculum development
- Lesson planning
- Leading the intake and outtake process
- Collecting, tracking, and organizing student data and learning gains
- Constant communication with students
- Outreach events
And that is just to name a few! Our AmeriCorps members take up diverse roles that strengthen their adaptability and problem-solving skills.

Community Need Addressed

Literacy efforts in Central Texas face two challenges: the number of people needing literacy services and the ability of local providers to respond.

• Children who have not already developed basic literacy practices when they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out.
• 1 in 5 native English-speaking adults in Central Texas can’t read or write well enough to fill out a job application, and the trend of illiteracy is growing.

The National Institute for Literacy found that a mother's literacy level is one of the most significant predictors of a child's future success in school. When children enter school without the literacy skills to succeed, and their parents lack the resources to bridge this gap, they are more likely to remain behind, drop out, and eventually face poverty as adults. Parents of young children need access to literacy services AND information about how to help prepare their children for school.

Family Educators will assist clients to build up their parenting and communication skills with their young children (under five years). In addition, Family Educators teach a curriculum aimed at school readiness for the children and start them in literacy instruction. This program is designed to build up literacy levels across the Austin region with family units at the center. Spanish proficiency is required.

Position Outcomes

Family Educators will provide vital, high-quality, evidence-based literacy and school readiness instruction to low-income adults in Austin, Texas. Members will be trained to adapt the curriculum to every student and class while fostering educational, professional, and personal growth for our clients. An outcome of Family Educators is increased confidence in navigating parenthood for our clients and improving literacy levels of small children. By committing to a year of service, Family Educators build the capacity of the nonprofits and allow them to meet the needs of the communities around them. Without AmeriCorps, a lot of these programs would be overwhelmed and not able to keep pace with the communities' demands. Their work is essential, and nothing less.

Benefits

Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance

We offer plenty of mentorship sessions and professional development training. All AmeriCorps members will receive Motivational Interviewing training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, and plenty more. Family Educators will receive a certification in CPR / First Aid.

Education Benefits

BEST Plus Administrator Certification, CPR / First Aid, Training in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Strength-Based Training.

Skills you will gain

time tracking, keeping, and management, teaching, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, data tracking and management, lesson planning, mentoring, project management

Competencies You Will Develop

Communication
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, 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, Select and implement well-considered solution
Teamwork
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
Decisions
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
Tools
Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Planning
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Set goals
Service
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, 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
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 11 Months
  • Education Requirements GED
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Local Educational Agency, School-based Nonprofit, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)
  • Weekly Training Hours 3

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