Overview of NYCHA Health Corps Program for Host Sites 

NYCHA Health Corps is a new Public Health AmeriCorps program administered by NYC Service in close partnership with NYCHA, in which NYCHA residents are recruited to serve full time at community-based nonprofits and public agencies for 9 months.  

NYCHA Health Corps will provide an opportunity for NYCHA residents to receive training and work experience in areas that promote health and wellness. Each NYCHA Health Corps member’s roles serves to support health and community partners in expanding their focus in interventions that advances equitable health outcomes across public housing developments. By leveraging the national AmeriCorps model centered on leadership development and public service, members add value to organization priorities, goals, and initiatives, and support in delivering vital resources or programming to more NYCHA residents. 

 

PROGRAM GOALS:  

The twin goals of the program are to 

  1. Support health and community partners in expanding their focus in interventions that advances equitable health outcomes across public housing developments. 
  2. Create pathways for NYCHA residents into public health related careers. 

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Host Site Application Process 

Step 1: Apply 

Step 2: Review all supplemental materials and attachments, prior to submitting your application. Including NYCHA Health Corps program one-pager, AmeriCorps Prohibited and Unallowable Activities, Position Description creation materials and template, direct supervisor expectations, and AmeriCorps Diversity Chart (All materials are posted under related links and documents) 

Step 3: Complete the online application, including attachments of the position descriptions for all requested positions and the completed AmeriCorps Diversity Chart. 

Step 4: Once the application is submitted, NYC Service/NYCHA will review the project based on a rubric. NYC Service/NYCHA will either: a) reject the application or b) select the application to move forward to supervisor interviews.  

Step 5: If selected to move forward, supervisor interviews will be held on a rolling basis as applications are reviewed. Each supervisor interview will take approximately 30 minutes and is a time for NYC Service/NYCHA to learn more about your supervision experience and plan, go over expectations for the upcoming program year, and discuss your proposed position description(s) including any potential changes. 

Step 6: Once all supervisor interviews have been completed, NYC Service/NYCHA will take into consideration all application materials including the host site application, submitted position description(s), and supervisor interviews to evaluate the project based on a rubric. NYC Service/NYCHA will either a) accept the overall host site application and all positions, b) accept the overall host site application and a partial number of positions, or c) deny the overall host site application.  

  • If selected, each host site will sign an MOU agreeing to the terms of having an AmeriCorps member placed at your host site. The MOU is due before members will be able to start at the host site.  

NYCHA Health Corps Members 

  • Serve full time from October- June 
  • Member benefits include: 
  • Living stipend - $23,800   
  • Education Award ~$4,546   
  • Student loan pause on qualified interest   
  • Monthly unlimited MetroCard   
  • Eligibility for healthcare (covered by NYC Service)  
  • Eligibility for childcare assistance  
  • Professional learning & development, including access to Cornell University’s Public Health Essentials Certification Program (Valued at $3,600)  

 

Criteria for hosting a NYCHA Health Corps member: 

  • Organization must be a public agency or non-profit (citywide or community-based) that partners directly with NYCHA and/or substantially serves NYCHA residents through direct service and capacity-building activities. 
  • Host site will provide a space and access to technology systems for each AmeriCorps member 
  • Host site will provide a supervisor for their AmeriCorps member(s) who will provide guidance, management, and coaching support 
  • Supervisor will attend a full-day orientation prior to the start of the program 
  • Supervisor will attend three 2-hour training sessions throughout the program year 

 

Direct Supervisor Expectations:

  • Provide member(s) with direct supervision which includes leading on-site orientation sessions, proving adequate on-site training for the position, holding weekly check-ins with each member assigned, and leading mid- and end-of-term evaluations
  • Provide member(s) with technology and full-time workstation access for the duration of the service term
  • Attend mandatory Supervisor Orientation and three Supervisor Trainings throughout the service term
  • Uphold the rules and policies as outlined in the partnership agreement and the supervisor handbook including, but not limited to, AmeriCorps prohibited and unallowable activities
  • Ensure members are fulfilling the responsibilities listed on the Position Description and inform NYC Service staff if there are any proposed changes to their core responsibilities
  • Coach members throughout the year to promote their personal and professional development
  • Proactively communicate and document member performance issues that may lead to the creation of a performance development plan
  • Follow procedures around the creation and implementation of member performance development plans, if required to create one
  • Provide member(s) with any additional rules, standards, and resources of the host site
  • Approve America Learns member timesheets each Monday by 5pm 
  • Verify member reported data each month by 5pm on the Friday after members submit
  • Maintain data records for all performance measure data throughout program year and for at least three years after
  • Allow members to attend each mandatory learning and development days
  • Approve any member pre-planned absences in the time frame established by the host site supervisor (at least one week is standard in the member handbook)
  • Set site-specific policy for member communication in cases of illness, tardiness, or emergencies
  • Respond in a timely fashion to all NYC Service/NYCHA requests

 

NYC Service/NYCHA Support 

  • Recruitment of NYCHA Health Corps members 
  • Supervisor orientation and training 
  • Ongoing staff support and resources 

 

Learn more about the NYCHA Health Corps program before applying, contact NYCHA Health Corps team at  nationalservice@cityhall.nyc.gov.