AmeriCorps is a federally funded program that supports a wide range of local service programs by providing grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies uses AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members in intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship. For more information on AmeriCorps and national service in America, go to www.nationalservice.gov.
The Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Program
SSL AmeriCorps members, known as Group Leaders (GLs), are full-time AmeriCorps members who serve in Title I elementary schools throughout the East Bay Area. GLs provide one-on-one and small group intervention support during the school day and lead an after-school literacy intervention program of no more than 16 students.
Super Stars Literacy Group Leaders serve in a cohort of 25 members all of whom are interested in education, committed to making a lasting impact in their communities, and are excited about working with elementary age students. Prior to starting in the classroom, members participate in an extensive, two-week orientation, and throughout the 11 month service term meet weekly with SSL staff for continued training, coaching, and mentoring.
- Interest in working with children (experience in literacy tutoring desirable but not required)
- An energetic and positive attitude
- Communication skills necessary to work with children, school staff, and volunteers
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a full workload
- Flexibility and poise when dealing with stressful situations
- Experience working with diverse communities or demonstrated commitment to community service
- Bilingual desirable but not required
Position Duration: All members will serve full-time from August 2018 to June 30, 2019 and must serve a total of 1700 hours during that time.
Member Benefits: All members receive a living allowance of $20,000 for the term of service (before taxes and deductions). In addition, members may be eligible for health coverage and loan forbearance while in service. Members who complete a full term of service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for $5,800, which can be used to pay back loans or for future educational expenses.
Eligibility Requirements: All members must pass criminal history check, including FBI, DOJ, and NSOPW searches, as well as supply proof of tuberculosis clearance, a high school diploma or equivalent, and a minimum of 48 college credits. In addition, applicants must be able to supply a proof of citizenship or legal resident alien status.