American YouthWorks (AYW) is a national leader, combining green building and workforce training with affordable housing, IT, health care & education. Our YouthBuild Program works with unemployed youth who are not in school, ages 16-24, to complete their GED or HSD, combined with hands-on job training and personal development. As an Public Health AmeriCorps member in our program, you will a take leadership role in the Health Corps service site. This role will assist and monitor members, facilitate service projects, and assist in teaching certifications provided.
Public Health AmeriCorps(PHA) members will be serving with YouthBuild Austin, a program of American YouthWorks. PHA members will be serving in a full-time capacity (1700 hours). Full-time members are approved to serve in educational settings (e.g. schools, community centers, etc.) within the Austin community, as Community Health Workers. AmeriCorps members will receive training (120 hour course) to become certified as a Community Health Worker, if not certified already, and will lead, facilitate, and participate in the expansion of services to communities in need of greater health equity by providing health education, local outreach & improving access to health resources. PHA members will assist staff working in education based public health programs to serve families and improve their social determinants of health. PHAs will also engage in classrooms to facilitate guiding clients towards successful enrollment in programs structured to improve their quality of life.
Community Need Addressed
Providing community health and wellness
expansion of services to communities in need of greater health equity by providing health education, local outreach & improving access to health resources
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
We offer case management services for all participants, which includes assistance with support services, emergency assistance, and counseling. We have a Transition Team to assist members with post-program planning, employment/training opportunities, and post-secondary education.
Credential or Certification
Community Health Worker
Skills you will gain
Community Health Worker Certification, Public Speaking, event planning, etc
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, 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
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
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
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job
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
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