United Advocacy Group 2017-2018 Greater Bridgeton Area AmeriCorps Mentoring and STEAM Program

AmeriCorps Member Position Description- Hopeloft Community Center

United Advocacy Group and the Greater Bridgeton Area AmeriCorps Mentoring and STEAM Program seeks highly motivated individuals to serve children and families of the Greater Bridgeton Area. The program will seek to assist students who live in the part of New Jersey with the lowest education attainment rates in the state. AmeriCorps Members will be integral in mentoring and tutoring children, assisting families with college planning and financial decisions, and facilitating family and student action plans to help achieve educational attainment. Members will work alongside the AmeriCorps Program Director as well as community leaders to achieve the goals of the program. Members serve in various initiative of the United Advocacy Group, as well as partner schools, to provide direct service to the children and families seeking assistance with educational attainment.

This AmeriCorps position does not duplicate or displace staff of agency or service site.

Service will be full-time for one year (minimum of 1700 hours)

Minimum Requirements: 18 years old or older, High School Diploma or HSE, pass background check

Service Responsibilities Will Include Parts of the Following:

  • Assist the Teachers with the instruction of the STEAM and Project-Based Learning classes.

    • To include: attendance at classes (teacher will always be present), helping students with their projects, learning the material to enable effective tutoring.

  • Assist with tutoring services in core academic subjects (tutoring will occur four days per week).

  • Assist students with the development of written student action plans focused on educational attainment.

  • Keep regular contact with Guidance Counselors and Parents/Guardians to monitor action plan progress of the students.

  • Assist with tutoring services in SAT/ACT and Accuplacer preparation.

  • Assist students with the college application process which includes helping the students with applications, essays, FAFSA, and keeping track of deadlines.

  • Assist disconnected youth with finding appropriate pathways to complete secondary and post-secondary degrees.

  • Assist students and parents in creating financial plans which includes the FAFSA process and evaluating education funding options.

  • Participate in case management meeting to discuss the children and families served to develop ideas about how to address concerns.

Training and Evaluation

  • Attend United Advocacy Group and Greater Bridgeton Area AmeriCorps Mentoring and STEAM Program meetings, in-service, and training sessions.

  • Attend service projects held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, United Advocacy Group’s Family Day of Service, and during AmeriCorps week.

  • Assist evaluators in gathering information related to program improvement

Program Benefits

  • Stipend.

  • Education award.

  • Health coverage.

  • Childcare assistance, if eligible.

  • Two weeks of Personal Time Off (for sick days and other days off needed).


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