AMERICORPS FELLOW – ENGLISH LEARNER MIDDLE SCHOOL MENTOR (Lynn and Salem)
2 FULL-TIME STIPENDED POSITION one in Lynn and one in Salem (September 2021 to July 2022)
RESUME & COVER LETTER REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION
About the LEAP for Education
LEAP is a non-profit organization that empowers underserved students to achieve social and economic mobility by cultivating personal, educational, and career growth. At LEAP, we believe that talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
About LEAP’s Middle School Programs
LEAP’s middle school programs aim to create a safe, welcoming space afterschool for middle school students to participate in offerings that are fun, engaging, project-based and have an academic focus. The program supports youth from diverse populations and backgrounds, over three 10 week sessions of enrichment programs which align with LEAP’s initiatives.
The Salem site is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and it is run in partnership with the Salem Public Schools. The Lynn site is also a 21st Century Community Learning Center and is run in partnership with Lynn Public Schools.
About the Position
LEAP for Education is seeking two EL (English Learner) Middle School Mentors: one to work with our Salem middle school program which runs out of Collins Middle School, and one in our Lynn middle school program which runs out of Thurgood Marshall Middle School. LEAP’s main office is in Salem.
Please include a cover letter to let us know why you want to be considered for this position and explain your experience working with youth. Please note, this is an AMERICORPS FELLOW position and the application deadline is July 31st.
At LEAP for Education’s middle school programs, you will develop programming and opportunities that challenge students’ thinking, engage them in interesting projects, expose them to new ideas and connect them with interesting people in the community — all to empower them to be successful in their education, career and life.
To do this job well, you will need a passion for working with youth and the ability to create an inclusive and culturally accepting environment. You should understand that to be successful in this job you will need to set high expectations and provide a safe and supportive environment for each of our students to learn and explore based on their individual needs.
If you can bring this to the position, we definitely want you on our team. Please join us and make a real difference.
The EL Mentors would be primarily responsible for the development and facilitation of inclusive programming activities within the middle school program to support the needs of our English Learner population. As the EL Mentor, your goal is to support, connect and create culturally sensitive and relevant offerings for the robust newcomer community in Salem and/or Lynn. In addition to your responsibilities within the afterschool program, you will be expected to spend 6-10 hours per week at your designated Middle School: either Collins (Salem) or Thurgood Marshall (Lynn), where you would be working with their ESL department, supporting school-day classroom instruction, and developing meaningful relationships with students and teachers. Involvement with the school day will aid in your ability to align LEAP’s student engagement and program offerings with student coursework and school expectations.
- Spend 6-10 hours a week at Collins Middle School or Thurgood Marshall Middle School (depending on placement) assisting in a classroom environment with newcomers.
- Aid in recruitment, transportation needs, and communication with students and parents, particularly within the Latino community
- Revise and develop new curriculum for EL students in an afterschool setting to aid in language development and culturally sensitive activities
- Provide support to the middle school program’s EL population by developing meaningful relationships through conversation, games, chaperoning field trips, homework help,
- Assist with the creation of a welcoming safe after-school environment.
- Assist LEAP EL students with their individual Education and Career plans
- Incorporate meaningful ways for students to interact with their community through community service and civic engagement
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
- High School Diploma or GED or higher
- Between the ages of 17 and 29 as of August 1st 2021
Qualifications of Ideal Candidate
- 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, flexibility, and adaptability
- Solutions Oriented
- Able to speak and communicate in Spanish and English (fluency preferred but not required)
- Access to reliable transportation
- Bachelor degree preferred
AmeriCorps 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
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
- $6,345 taxable Segal Education Award upon completion of full-time service term
- Education Loan Forbearance
Health & Wellness Benefits:
- Mental Health and Counseling Services
- Optional Cigna Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
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
- Access to the United Way network of nonprofit partners during and after service
- Microsoft Office 1 Year Subscription
- United Way Clothing
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 United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley:
We unite to create positive, lasting change for people in need. We call it harnessing the power of people working together. That means everyone — individuals, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies. We work every day to achieve our vision and mission by focusing on two foundations of better lives: Financial Opportunity and Educational Success.
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.
About LEAP for Education:
In partnership with Salem Public Schools, LEAP for Education seeks to provide experiences that develop students’ social-emotional and 21st century skills in order to enhance youth’s academic engagement and post-secondary success. All programs in middle school and high school are designed to motivate youth to explore different content areas and career interests, develop self-awareness and confidence, and set goals for their future.
You won’t find a more satisfying job than this one. Every day you will work to help newcomers to the country improve their English and feel comfortable in their new community. You will see student progress and won’t believe your impact at the end of your year of service. This experience will be satisfying, challenging and unforgettable.
LEAP is located in the heart of historic Salem a short 15 minute walk from the train station. Salem is on the Rockport train line, a 30 minute ride from Boston’s North Station. It is a 30 minute drive from Boston and is a reverse commute going opposite most of the commuter morning and evening commute. Parking is plentiful and free.
Or enjoy the experience of living in Salem and be close enough to travel into Boston on weekends or after work. Experience Salem’s history, waterfront, culture and many fun activities offered; a city with a growing population of college students and young working adults.
LEAP’s programs are funded in part with funds from the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Peabody Department of Planning and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the provision of our services, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability.