THE 2016-2017 NYC COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPS APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO APPLY. CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE VISTA PROGRAM. 

ABOUT

The NYC Community Schools Corps, an Operation AmeriCorps program launched in partnership between NYC Service and the NYC Department of Education, will place more than 150 corps members (i.e. AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA, NCCC) into 130 Community Schools in high-need communities to serve as mentors, reduce absenteeism, and boost parent involvement.

Community Schools support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of students by offering a coordinated approach to increasing opportunities for young people and improving the academic performance of students through partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and community-based organizations (CBOs).  Schools enter into a partnership with a local CBO to offer a “whole child, whole community” approach, looking holistically at students, families and communities to ascertain their most pressing needs and decide which services will best address those needs.

APPLICATION FOR NYC COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPS STATE AND NATIONAL 

Operation AmeriCorps is currently accepting applications for full-time (1700-hours) and half-time (900-hours) AmeriCorps State and National (S/N) positions. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To contribute to the transformation of NYC schools in low-income communities into Community Schools, 128 AmeriCorps S/N members will serve as either a "Success Mentor" or "Parent Organizer" to increase academic engagement and elevate student educational outcomes in the highest need schools. The S/N members will serve with and be supported by Community Schools Directors, 16 VISTA members, one NCCC team, community volunteers, and NYC Service and DOE staff.

SUCCESS MENTORS WILL:

  • Coordinate a Success Mentors program

  • Work closely with school principals and Community School Directors to identify students who are chronically absent

  • Recruit and train volunteer mentors, and oversee mentor-mentee engagement

  • Mentor a caseload of approximately 20 chronically absent students by serving as a 'coach' and 'sounding board'

  • Manage communication between stakeholders

PARENT ORGANIZERS WILL:

  • Conduct broad outreach to the parent body to participate in Community School planning and other school activities

  • Identify and recruit Parent Mentors and develop a robust Parent Mentor Corps

  • Help schools develop and carry out a comprehensive family engagement plan

  • Organize trainings and leadership development opportunities to move parents up a "Ladder of Engagement"

  • Manage communication between stakeholders

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

AmeriCorps State and National applicants must:

  • Be open to serving as a 1) "Success Mentor" OR 2) "Parent Organizer." NOTE: While you'll be able to rank your selection during the application process and we'll make every effort to accommodate your request, your top choice cannot be guaranteed at this time since the position will be based on the needs of the specific school.

  • Be U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or lawful permanent residents.

  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree.

  • Have experience working with children or in a school, preferable.

  • Be subject to and pass criminal history checks.

  • Be able to serve full-time (40-45 hours/week) or part-time (20-25 hours/ week).

  • Serve a minimum of 1700- service hours (FT) or 900- service hours (PT) during the 10-month term of service.

START DATES

NYC Community Schools Corps S/N members will begin service after attending a 3-day orientation during the week of August 29, 2016.  Upon successful completion of orientation, members will begin service the week of September 5, 2016, and complete their service term by June 30, 2017.

BENEFITS

  • Biweekly living allowance of $650 (FT) or $325 (PT)

  • 30- day unlimited MetroCard each month

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $5,775 (FT) or  $2,887.50 (PT) upon successful completion of the term of service

  • Limited health care benefits (FT members only)

  • Student-loan forbearance

  • Monthly educational seminars and professional development

TO APPLY: 

The application can be found HERE.

For general program and specific benefits information, visit theAmeriCorps State and National website.

 

FOR NYC COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CORPS VISTA CLICK HERE.