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Youth Opportunity Corps

Washington Service Corps
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WSC AmeriCorps members provide tutoring and mentorship to youth ages 16-24 who are either not actively attending school and/or who are long-term unemployed in an effort to re-engage them in completing high school or entering college, or obtaining gainful employment. Financial literacy training may also be a component, to help build a foundation for self-sufficiency.

Service Activities

- Provide training in workplace readiness, basic skill development and financial literacy
- Provide academic support and career planning assistance
- Collaborate with schools, youth-based organizations and community partners to identify program participants

Community Need Addressed

Our Youth Program focuses on young adults, ages 16-24, who have become disengaged from school or employment.

Position Outcomes

An increase in the number of economically disadvantaged youth who obtain a GED or high school diploma, prepare for and apply to college, become more financially literate, and/or gain skills that help them obtain employment.


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

Skills you will gain

Teaching/tutoring, mentoring, public speaking, communication, leadership

Competencies You Will Develop

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, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, 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
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, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
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, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
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, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 10 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Community Development Organization, High School
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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