TEEN CENTER EL ADVISOR
United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Member – Salem, MA 01970
LEAP for Education (LEAP) is a non-profit organization that empowers underserved and first-generation-to-college students to succeed in college, career and life. We do this by teaching students academic and life-skills needed to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school. Students also receive ongoing personalized support and community connections which helps them graduate from college and create a future based on their strengths and interests.
About the Teen Center:
In partnership with Salem Public Schools, LEAP for Teen Center program 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. Teen Center programs are designed to motivate youth to explore different content areas and career interests, develop self-awareness and confidence, and set goals for their future.
LEAP’s Teen Center is open Monday through Thursday, from 2:30-6:00 p.m. and aims to create a safe, welcoming space for high school students to be engaged in activities that interest them and complement their passions. The program supports youth from diverse populations and backgrounds, over five six-week sessions of enrichment programs which align with LEAP’s initiatives.
Description of Position:
The EL Advisor would be primarily responsible for the development and facilitation of inclusive programming opportunities within the Teen Center to support the needs of our newcomer EL population. This includes all EL
students who use the Teen Center as a drop-in program to get academic support as well as to participate in the Teen Center’s many activities, including our EL Street program designed to improve our EL’s speaking and connections in the community.
As the EL Advisor your goal is to support, connect and create culturally sensitive and relevant programs for the robust newcomer community in Salem. In addition to your duties at LEAP’s facilities, you would be expected to spend 6 hours a week at Salem High School where you would be working with Salem High Schools’ ESL department and developing meaningful relationships with students and teachers. Involvement with Salem High School (SHS) will aid in your ability to align LEAP’s student engagement and program offerings with student coursework and school expectations. The EL Advisor shall support the Teen Centers EL Street year-long program as well as design at least one complementary program that will run as an option for students during each of the Teen Center’s Program sessions.
- Spend 6 hours a week at Salem High School assisting in a classroom environment with the newcomers.
- Aid in recruitment, transportation needs, and communication with teens and to 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 Teen Center’s EL population by developing meaningful relationships through conversation, games, chaperoning field trips, homework help.
- Seek and communicate additional community involvement opportunities for students and their families.
- Assist with the creation of a welcoming safe after-school environment.
- Assist LEAP EL students through their individual Education and Career plans.
- Develop meaningful relationships with the students in the program through conversation, games and field trips.
- Incorporate meaningful ways for students to interact with their community through community service and civic engagement.
Qualifications of Ideal Candidate for LEAP FOR EDUCATION
- Excellent communication and organizational skills.
- Strong critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills
- Ability to work individually to achieve task as well as in a team environment.
- Passionate about youth development and forming relationships.
- Able to speak and fully communicate in Spanish and English.
- Experience in facilitation and/or classroom management.
- Ability to prioritize task and maintain progress on short and long-term goals.
- B.A. strongly preferred.
- $17,000 taxable living allowance paid in bi-weekly installments.
- $6,095 Segal Education Award upon completion of service.
- Paid health and dental insurance.
- Loan Forbearance.
- Uniform parts.
- North Shore YMCA Membership (for the year).
- Training and networking opportunities among a core groups of Corps members and other nonprofit professionals.
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. 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.
About the United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Program
The North Shore AmeriCorps Program is an innovative young program that places 30 AmeriCorps members in schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Lynn, Salem, and Gloucester, MA, to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among English Language Learners through strategic tutoring and mentoring programs. AmeriCorps members serve with their host sites, either in a school or a community based nonprofit that provides services to young people. Members provide structured tutoring and mentoring supports to English Learners, helping them succeed academically and socially in the community.
AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The United Way North Shore AmeriCorps Program is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in organizations throughout Lynn, Salem, and Gloucester, MA to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among English language learners grades K-12.
AmeriCorps Member Timeline:
- Application deadline is June 1st, 2019 – Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed.
- September 3rd to September 20th, 2019 – Three week full team AmeriCorps Member orientation focused on understanding AmeriCorps, United Way, professional development and team building.
- September 23rd, 2019 – AmeriCorps Members begin full time service at sites.
AmeriCorps Service Requirements:
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident
- High School Diploma or GED as of August 1, 2019.
- Between the ages of 17 and 29 as of August 1, 2019.
- Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service over the course of one year, as well as the full-term of service (September 2019- July 2020).
- Attend all AmeriCorps team meetings and professional development.
- Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and reporting.
About United Way:
We unite to create positive, lasting change for people in need. We call it harnessing the power of people working together. And 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.
Financial Opportunity: Ensuring that all families have safe housing, healthy food, and quality childcare, that they have jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families, and that they have access to financial tools and coaching to help build a better future.
Educational Success: Preparing children to enter school ready to learn, develop critical social and academic skills, and get the support they need to stay in school and graduate.
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.