The AmeriCorps Community Service-Learning Fellowship is a one-year service-learning opportunity through UMBC's The Choice Program, The Shriver Center and AmeriCorps. We have several exciting opportunities for Fellowships based in the Greater Baltimore area as well as in Prince George's County and Montgomery County.
The mission of The Choice Program is to strengthen communities through innovative, family-focused strategies that connect youth to opportunities for positive choices. The mission is accomplished using a community-based approach which:
Identifies and links young people and families with social supports;
Fosters caring relationships;
Develops high expectations; and
Provides meaningful participation.
This commitment offers AmeriCorps Fellows the chance to gain a wealth of experience in the fields of education, case management, youth development, human services, and social justice. During a service year, Fellows establish networks in the nonprofit and public sector and, most importantly, make an impact on the lives of youth. Due to the nature of the workflow and youth needs, Fellows must be flexible with their schedule, which goes beyond a 40-hour work week.
There are four main programs:
Department of Juvenile Services: This program aims to keep youth out of detention centers and connected to their communities. This is carried out through providing opportunities for youth to meet probationary requirements, including community service activities and monitoring of curfews. (Locations: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County)
Department of Social Services: This program aims to keep youth out of foster care and preserve the family. This is carried out through family activities and informal family mediation. (Locations: Baltimore City)
Education: This program aims to reduce in-school arrests, suspensions and expulsions. Youth are supported by receiving classroom coaching, behavioral support and after school programming. (Locations: Benjamin Franklin High School; Excel Academy at Francis M. Woods: Baltimore City; Truancy: PG County)
Choice Jobs: This program aims to give young people the opportunity to carve a unique pathway to employment success in a supportive environment, with access to resources and opportunities they may otherwise not be afforded. This program utilizes a three-part model of curriculum-based job-readiness training, on-the-job training at social enterprise sites and supported job placement. (Locations: Baltimore City)
Working within a team model, AmeriCorps Fellows share case management responsibilities for youth including client intake and assessment interviews, establishment of goal-oriented service plans, classroom support recreational outings, as well as informal counseling and mentoring, outreach, and daily home visits and monitoring.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in any field. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to work individually and with a team; and the ability to maintain a flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends. Requires use of legally registered personal vehicle, valid state driver's license and required auto insurance.
Spanish Proficiency (conversational) preferred for PG and Montgomery County placements
Background Screening Statement:
A background check will be required.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Resume and references required. Cover letter encouraged.
Screening of Applications Begins:
Applications are accepted and screened on an ongoing basis. Multiple positions are available.
$24,930/year and Education Award of $5,815 at completion of service term
Additional benefits such as mileage reimbursement, loan forbearance, & health insurance available.
Full-time (Position typically requires 40+ hours per week). Evening and weekend hours required.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
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