Ten (10) Full-Time AmeriCorps Members will work in pairs as Student Services Coordinators under our five Promise Heights Community School Coordinators and numerous Baltimore City Public School teachers to conduct individual assessments on chronically absent students. Students will be provided tiered services (universal, targeted, and intensive). Student Services Coordinators will make appropriate referrals, follow-up on and monitor referrals, and enter data in management information system. Members will work with Community School Coordinators to develop and manage high-quality partnerships to support the school community, including the creation of a cadre of volunteer tutors from area undergraduate and graduate schools. AmeriCorps Members will be a critical part of a school-based team working together to support student success and family stability.
Promise Heights is an initiative within the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore City. It is a collaboration between community-based organizations and five public PK-12 schools working with children and families living in high poverty neighborhoods in West Baltimore to improve educational outcomes to ensure youth graduate from high school ready for college and career. Promise Heights employs licensed social workers as Community School Coordinators to assist schools in providing supportive services for students and families through whole-school strategies and individual referrals. The initiative will focus on reducing chronic absenteeism (missing 20 or more days per year) and improving school climate (behavior, relationships, and physical environment) to reduce barriers to academic success.
Program Benefits: Education Award, Training, Living Allowance, Health Coverage, Membership to the Y of Central Maryland, and Application Fee waived for University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Primary Responsibilities Members will build the capacity of schools to support students and families through the following duties:
Work with Community School Coordinators and teachers to conduct individual student assessments for those at risk to be chronically absent;
Develop an individual plan of action to support student achievement;
Link students to support services and encourage them to reach their achievement goals;
Monitor student performance in programs and services;
Help families to support student success by fostering a home environment that encourages student achievement;
Develop and track the student success plan in the management information system; and
Maintain and update all contacts, referrals, case management notes, and outcomes.
Education: Bachelor's Degree is Strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to learn and grow through a professional development plan process and succeed within a results-oriented culture;
A devotion and ability to build close relationships with scholars and their families, and to motivate them through positive interviewing, feedback, and reinforcement;
Experience and proficiency with technology;
Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the cultural and internal barriers which may exist for low-income families to raising college-ready children; and
Strong commitment to belief and expectation that children growing up in West Baltimore can succeed academically.
A passion for addressing issues of poverty, equity, and access.
Highly motivated and innovative.
Program Start/End Date: August 15, 2017 to August 14, 2018
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Human Resource Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, globa...l health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.