Career Pathways AmeriCorps Fellow – Youth & Young Adults
About AmeriCorps and the United Way AmeriCorps Fellowship:
AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The United Way AmeriCorps Fellowship is an innovative education program that places 30 AmeriCorps Fellows in schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Lynn, Salem, and Gloucester, MA. Fellows are trained to provide structured tutoring and mentoring support to English Learners, helping them succeed academically and develop social-emotional skills (communication, critical thinking, self-awareness, etc.). Fellows serve with their host sites, either in a school or a community-based nonprofit, supporting English learners grades K-12, depending on host site. Full-Time United Way AmeriCorps Fellows complete 1700 hours of service from their start date in September 2021 to end of their service term in July 2022.
About Wellspring House:
Wellspring is guided by the vision of a just society where every member of our community thrives. We are an innovative and welcoming learning environment where people push beyond the limits of their lives to realize success and fulfillment. Wellspring inspires families and adults on the North Shore to achieve employment and financial security through stable housing, education, job training and career readiness.
Wellspring House, an entrepreneurial non-profit in Gloucester and Salem, MA, is seeking an AmeriCorps Fellow to help make a deep and powerful impact in our community by becoming an integral part of our Career Pathways program, supporting youth and young adult learners as they work toward
achieving their education and career goals. This Fellowship can include; Education Administration, Education Materials Development, Trainings, Marketing, and Promotion. More information will be provided during the interview process.
The goal of the Career Pathways Fellowship is to provide the Fellow with opportunities to:
- Develop and implement a project of their choice as appropriate.
- Help create a bridge between Wellspring WERC and MediClerk Job Training programs in regards to Mentoring and other services.
- Become an integral part of Wellspring’s Career Pathways team as an advisor and mentor – we’ll teach you how.
- Observe and participate in Wellspring’s other programs as appropriate.
- Apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom in an educational environment.
- Develop transferrable administrative and management skills that are applicable to numerous work environments.
- Enhance mentoring skills especially within the areas of Education, Career Development, and Job Searches.
- Reflect on your contribution to Wellspring House and your contribution to your own career goals, as a result of this experience.
- Assist with long term projects as needed.
Job Duties include:
- Work closely with Wellspring’s Career & Education Advisor as an integral part of Gloucester High School’s Reading & Writing Beyond High School class.
- Develop and teach Life Skills curriculum to include Financial Literacy, resumes, cover letters, interview prep, etc.
- Use technology as a way to engage students.
- Maintain students records in Apricot database.
- Assess and mentor youth and young adult students with in conjunction with Guidance, administration, and faculty.
- Advise students in regards to career and education pathways, assist with college and financial aid applications, job applications, etc.
- Contacting prospective students and community partners.
- Assisting with administrative tasks as needed.
- Energized by details.
- Seeking fulfilling work supporting a robust and growing team.
- Looking to help teach and mentor youth and young adults.
- Preferably proficient in another language; this proficiency is preferred but not required.
- Appreciative of and have a commitment to the Wellspring mission.
- Someone who empathizes with and empowers students; meets them where they are.
- Comfortable teaching and presenting.
Schedule and other Details:
- Fellowship hours must generally be during the regular Wellspring work week: M – F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m. We can be flexible within that time frame. There might be an occasional week night event such as a mentor training or workshop and the opportunity, though not required, to attend other evening events.
- Fellows must be fluent in Microsoft Offices applications, including Outlook.
- There is occasional local travel needed to observe other Wellspring programs as well as to interact with Cape Ann and North Shore community partner agencies.
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
- High School Diploma or GED or higher
- Between the ages of 17 and 35 as of August 1st 2021
- Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
- Interest in nonprofit organizations and/or public schools, and their development
- Passion for education
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
- Commitment to service
- Invested in working in a local North Shore community
- Positive attitude, solutions-oriented, and adaptability
National Service Requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service over the course of one year, as well as the full-term of service (September 2021 – July 2022)
- Attend all Corps wide training and learning sessions
- Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and reporting
United Way AmeriCorps Fellow Position Benefits:
- Professional Development Benefits
- Youth Development including Proactive Behavior Management
- Supporting the Academic Needs of English Learners including the Sheltered Immersion Observation Protocol (SIOP)
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Mental Health First Aid
- Trauma Informed Care
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Education Benefits
- $6,345 taxable Segal Education Award upon completion of full-time service term
- Education Loan Forbearance
- Cost of Living Benefits
- $17,000 taxable living allowance paid in bi-weekly installments during term of service
- SNAP Benefit Eligibility
- Connection to Housing Support
- Optional Childcare Benefits
- Health & Wellness Benefits
- Mental Health and Counseling Services
- Optional Cigna Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
- Additional Benefits
- Access to the United Way network of nonprofit partners during and after service
- Microsoft Office 1 Year Subscription
- United Way Clothing
- United Way AmeriCorps Fellow Selection Timeline:
- Application deadline for the 2021-2022 year is July 31st. Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed.
- September 7th to September 17th, 2021– Two-week AmeriCorps Fellow orientation focused on understanding AmeriCorps, United Way, professional development and team building.
- September 20th, 2021 – AmeriCorps Fellows begin full time service at sites
United Way of Massachusetts Bay is committed to fostering a work environment characterized by dignity and respect. Our workforce is diverse and is reflective of our community. We wish to celebrate our diversity and create an environment in which each individual’s skills and talents are best utilized to help us achieve our goals. Discrimination, of any kind, is not consistent with our mission and values, and will not be tolerated.
United Way is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and provides reasonable accommodations for the application process, interviews and service upon request.