*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. *
Do you want to support volunteers in educating and mentoring children? Do you want to help operate engaging enrichment programs for elementary students? Do you want to show students that there are people in their community who want them to succeed, despite socioeconomic and academic challenges? If you answer “yes” to these questions then you may be a strong fit for Hands On Atlanta’s full-time, in house AmeriCorps member position. The member will be part of our Education team and specifically support Hands On Atlanta’s Discovery program, which is a weekend and afterschool enrichment program for students at Title 1 elementary schools across Atlanta.
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-May), 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.
• Support Hands On Atlanta’s Discovery program’s planning and operations
• Aid in the recruitment and registration process for students across Atlanta in the 2021/2022 school year
• Assist with new volunteer recruitment and registration
• Support processes to conduct and track background checks for volunteers
• Help plan and coordinate volunteer trainings
• Train and support volunteers on how to best use technology for Discovery sessions
• Develop and deliver communications to volunteers
• Aid in volunteer recognition efforts and events
• Support curriculum development focused on STEAM, literacy, fitness, service-learning, etc.
• Organize and pack supplies, lead distribution of supplies to partners, and track supply inventory for Discovery sessions
• Support program evaluation efforts, including data collection, entry and analysis
• Assist in relationship management with schools and community partners
• Support Hands On Atlanta’s service days and large-scale events
Ideal candidates will be aspiring educators, nonprofit professionals and social workers who are passionate about serving the needs of economically-disadvantaged children. Applicants must be available to serve full-time, including at least two Saturday mornings per month (minimum 1,700 hours total), from August 2021 to May 2022.
• Experience working in schools and/or with children ages 6-12
• Experience working in or volunteering for nonprofit organizations
• Familiarity with program development, coordination and evaluation
• Ability to take initiative
• Ability to work and communicate with people of diverse backgrounds
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• High-level of time and task management
• Strong attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate data/time records
• Commitment to improving educational outcomes and increasing civic engagement
• Reliable transportation and ability to navigate/travel in/around greater Atlanta
• Must be able to lift 40+ lbs. (e.g. heavy supply bins)
Full-time members will receive a living stipend of $15,100 and an education award of $6,345 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. Note, members must submit their own forbearance applications to their loan holder. Members also receive health, dental, and vision insurance at no additional cost and a member assistance program. All members receive extensive, ongoing training to support their development, including 1:1 mentorship, community building activities, and robust educational and professional development training.