*All AmeriCorps positions are service opportunities. You are required to serve 10 months of service on a modest living allowance for the duration of the program. *
Are you deeply committed to addressing educational inequities? Can you engage children in interactive, educational and enriching activities? Are you patient, creative, flexible, and resilient? Are you a life-long volunteer who’s not afraid to get your hands dirty? Do you love working with youth? Are you an ardent learner who’s always looking to improve? Can you play nice with children, parents, and school and community leaders?
• A 30-year history performing at the forefront of education and the volunteer movement
• A team of fun, top-performing, service-nerds
• An open mind for new ideas and methods
• Programs that are impacting thousands of at-risk youth across Atlanta
• Nationally competitive funding from the Corporation for National Community Service in support of our AmeriCorps program.
Passion and dedication for service and education. You might describe yourself as
ambitious, resilient, and a positive force. You are interested in getting your hands dirty in all aspects of our AmeriCorps program, from being a role model to students to being an engaged participant in the AmeriCorps cohort.
Wait, so what is AmeriCorps?
This is an AmeriCorps position. AmeriCorps is a national service program, in which individuals dedicate their time to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Hands On Atlanta’s AmeriCorps program is a 10 month commitment, in which members serve in elementary and middle schools and other local nonprofits. Over the 10 month period (August 2023-May 2024), members serve full time and receive a bi-monthly living stipend and an education award once their service term is complete. AmeriCorps is often called the domestic Peace Corps. Find more information about the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps positions at www.handsonatlanta.org/americorps.
Major areas of responsibility for the AmeriCorps Full-Time Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach position include:
• Coach and mentor a caseload of 10-15 elementary or middle school students and facilitate activities centered around social emotional learning, community engagement, and academic growth.
• Conduct checks with caseload students to provide guidance in their development of SEL competencies, including self-awareness, conflict resolution, communication, and resource utilization.
• Provide behavioral interventions and support to students in order to decrease behavioral incidents and office referrals, ultimately preserving students’ “time-in-class.”
• Create and lead weekly group sessions to help students develop SEL competencies, focusing on self-awareness, peer group selection, conflict avoidance, academic confidence, etc.
• Track student progress through maintaining detailed and accurate records of student meetings, interventions, and group sessions and teacher/staff observations. Submit timely progress reports of student data using Hands On Atlanta’s internal software and assist collecting broader student data sets as needed.
• Support teachers and school administrators by assisting students, co-planning lessons, leading learning activities, and participating in school events.
• Foster meaningful and productive relationships with students, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, school officials, and parents.
• Coordinate and support volunteers during national and local days of service, including MLK Day and Hands On Atlanta Week.
• Participate in AmeriCorps trainings and development
• Be an engaged member of the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps cohort and service leader at your host school.
Full-time members will receive a living stipend of $17,000 and an education award of $6,895 after successfully completing the 1,700 hours of service. AmeriCorps members, if eligible, are encouraged to apply for food benefits (SNAP/EBT) while they are in service. Members may apply for loan forbearance on federal loans that qualify.
All members receive extensive, ongoing training to support their development, including 1:1 mentorship, community building activities, and robust educational and professional development training.
In order to be eligible to serve as a full-time Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps member, you must meet these eligibility requirements at the start of service.
- Able to commit to completing 1,700 hours of full-time service over 10 months
- Car to navigate in and around the Atlanta area
- Able to clear state and federal background checks
- Able to clear a NSOPW check
- Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S.