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AmeriCorps Promise Fellow (2 Positions) - Augsburg Fairview Academy

Posted on 8/9/2017 6:23:59 AM

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Title: AmeriCorps Promise Fellow – 2 Positions

Placement Site: Augsburg Fairview Academy

2504 Columbus Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Contact: Sarah Jergenson
Promise Fellow Supervisor
sarah.jergenson@afa.tc

Position Overview

Using a multi-tiered system of support approach, each AmeriCorps Promise Fellow serves at least 30 youth to provide integrated youth support interventions. Based on data from schools, AmeriCorps Promise Fellows work with a site coordinator and a school/community team to analyze data, make referrals, identify youth who need support using early warning indicators, known as the ABC's, (less than 80% Attendance, Behavior referrals, or poor Course performance).  AmeriCorps Promise Fellows use a variety of interventions: caring adults, academic support, and service-learning to support youth in both in-school and out-of-school settings.

Position Responsibilities

Essential Function:
  • Coordinate and deliver in-school and after-school academic support for 30 youth in grades 9-12 with the goal that youth will experience gains in core academics, attendance and behavior.
  • Provide attendance and behavior coaching for students targeted for needing assistance as determined through the multi-tiered system of support approach; promote positive behavior expectations.
  • Develop and organize projects that engage youth participants in at least 20 hours of civic engagement activities during the year as an additional strategy to improve academic success. Lead civic engagement activities with youth,including reflection components.
  • Recruit and/or support community volunteers, including family members, to work with youth participants in areas such as mentoring,tutoring, civic engagement, and college/career exploration.
  • Maintain program records, complete ongoing youth assessments and submit weekly and monthly reports using an online database system with support from site supervisor and site coordinator.
  • Assist supervisor and site coordinator to keep program records and evaluate program outcomes, making changes as needed based on evaluation data.
  • Participate in all Alliance, AmeriCorps, and Host Site meetings and assignments.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local colleges/universities, health care, social service institutions and community groups that provide tutors, mentors, guest speakers and enrichment opportunities for our students.
  • Identify, orient and train youth for meaningful civic engagement activities, including community service, service-learning, and leadership experiences.
  • Organize field trips and other special events to make learning and being at school more engaging and relevant to youth who are at risk of dropping out.

Marginal Functions:
  • Support teachers and other SCP Team members to develop the best local strategies for closing the achievement gap, including how community volunteers will help address the needs of our youth.
  • Support teachers and other school and community members to finalize the best local dropout prevention strategies, including how community volunteers will help address the needs of the targeted youth.
  • Assist teachers, supervisor and the SCP Team to develop the best local strategies for engaging our students and families in weekly after school activities.

Requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a High School Graduate
  • U.S. citizen or U.S. National or have status as a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Able to serve in a full time capacity
  • Ability to pass a background check before being officially enrolled by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth
  • Please note that final candidates will be required to successfully pass a background check before being officially enrolled by the Minnesota Alliance With Youth.
 
Qualifications:
  • Interest in youth, service, education, and non-profit work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Able to deal effectively with ambiguity of tasks and able to take initiative
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team, and work independently
  • Able to present oneself in a highly professional manner and be an ambassador of the program and AFA
  • Able to maintain a full time schedule to successfully complete service hours
Desirable Characteristics:
  • Associates or Bachelor of Arts Degree in community or youth development, education, or related field
  • Volunteer experience and desire to develop a strong ethic of service
  • Experience working collaboratively with youth and adults
  • Commitment to positive youth development
  • Has initiative to see and follow through with “next steps” to be taken
  • Ability to speak another language such as Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Ojibwe and Oromo is a plus.

Typical Work Environment:
  • Extensive use of computer and web-based services such as Power-school
  • Environment that is noisy with many young people and adults demanding attention
  • Constant need to deal effectively with multiple tasks and completing deadlines
  • Work setting that includes working at locations open to view and accessible by students and others sharing office, computers, and other equipment with other members/staff
  • Entrepreneurial environment, committed to finding better ways to help adolescents who have experienced trauma
  • Culture of caring, kindness, and honesty that reflects a strong commitment to authoritative teaching consistent with the philosophy and principles of Reclaiming Children and Youth and the Circle of Courage developed by Brendtro et al.
 
Benefits:

As a full-time AmeriCorps member, Promise Fellows serve 1725 hours from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018 and receive: Modest Living Allowance (appx. $1000 monthly pre-tax); Health Insurance; Qualified Student Loan Deferment; $5730 Education Award upon successful completion of service; Ongoing, extensive support and training.

To apply, please visit www.mnyouth.net for a complete application.

Please, email cover letter, resume, and three references along with the Alliance's application to:

Sarah Jergenson
Promise Fellow Supervisor
Augsburg Fairview Academy
2504 Columbus Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Email: sarah.jergenson@afa.tc

Phone: 612-294-1032
 
We are committed to the inclusion of all individuals without regard to disability, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation or other non-merit factors. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.

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