Recruitment has begun for 2014-15 AmeriCorps positions!
If you are interested in any of the positions below, please email a cover letter (identifying which positions interest you) and resume to Marnie Thompson. Application review begins on February 28, 2014! Contact Marnie Thompson with any questions.
The Northfield AmeriCorps positions work collaboratively to help support the Northfield Promise initiative, a collective impact effort working to ensure all Northfield youth are supported from cradle to career.
Summer Reads – Northfield
The Summer PLUS program in Northfield Public Schools provides life-changing literacy services for children by providing academic and social-emotional support during the summer months. Working individually with youth in the program, the Summer PLUS VISTAs provide high-quality literacy tutoring to low-income children in grades K-3 in schools and community organizations in Northfield.
The Summer PLUS program goals are to: To keep at-risk students in the traditional school system; To give at-risk students tools so that they can enjoy success during their schooling; To target and remediate Reading, Math and Social Skills to at-risk students; and To build relationships with at-risk youth so that they are more likely to be engaged with staff and peers during the regular school day.
Students are referred to Summer PLUS by classroom teachers and/or RTI coaches who have implemented interventions for the students during the regular school year. Daily Summer PLUS attendance typically exceeds 200. For most of the young people in the program, this is their only summer enrichment activity.
Accelerate Northfield VISTA
Help make sure all Northfield children are learning superheroes! Accelerate Northfield (AN), a volunteer recruitment and training pilot, was launched in Northfield Public Schools during the 2011-12 school year. AN is a collaboration of parents, community organizations, schools and local colleges working together to close the achievement gap and ensure that K-5 students are making gains in literacy and numeracy so they can perform at grade level in reading and math. The VISTA will help recruit and support tutors from across the community to work directly with low-income elementary youth to help improve their success in school. The VISTA works closely with the district’s Response to Intervention (RTI) coaches to help connect tutors with the students with whom they can have the greatest impact.
Be a part of the Community Action Center’s new employment support program that seeks to eliminate poverty one job at a time! Northfield Works serves low-income un- and underemployed individuals through job readiness training, job retention support, and advancement services toward livable wage employment. This new program is a great place for a VISTA Member to share their leadership skills and make a difference in the lives of others.
The VISTA Member will:
· Develop a client advisory group including its membership and policy structure.
· Develop a business education component to the new CAC employment support program.
· Participate in the establishment of a need/service network. This mobile system of matching the needs of CAC clients to local volunteer service is an effort to assist clients in addressing barriers to employment retention. This will also provide for the immediate needs of CAC clients in other program areas. Note: Computer program development experience a plus, but not required.
· Develop public awareness/education of local poverty especially as it relates to the economic/business community.
TORCH Middle School VISTA
This VISTA will serve with the Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) graduation initiative. TORCH aims to improve the graduation and post-secondary attendance rates of Northfield’s low-income and minority students. The TORCH Middle School VISTA will assist low-income and minority students in grades 6-8 with improving their literacy skills. The VISTA will recruit tutors to work with students on their reading and writing. The VISTA will also organize engaging events and programs.
TORCH High School VISTA
This VISTA will serve with the Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes (TORCH) graduation initiative. TORCH aims to improve the graduation and post-secondary attendance rates of Northfield’s low-income and minority students. The VISTA in this year-long position will help connect youth with internship and job opportunities. The VISTA will also help students explore college possibilities and secure post-secondary opportunities.
AmeriCorps Promise Fellows – 4 positions available
FOUR AmeriCorps Promise Fellow positions are available. Promise Fellows work directly with cohorts of 25-30 youth who are at-risk of not succeeding in school. Promise Fellows provide academic support and also connect youth with after school programs, mentors, and community service opportunities. Promise Fellows form significant connections with the youth in their cohort and have the chance to help change their lives.