Socio-Emotional Learning Fellow-- AmeriCorps

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Position Summary: AmeriCorps is a term of service to your community and your country.  As a program of John Boner Neighborhood Centers and a key strategy of the IndyEast Promise Zone, the Near Eastside Education AmeriCorps (NEEA) program achieves our mission by positively affecting the social-emotional development of youth aged infants/toddlers through Grade 8, and enveloping our neighborhood parents in a supportive and empowering community. Partnering with schools, day cares, and youth-serving organizations, we train and equip AmeriCorps fellows to assist youth in developing the self-confidence, as well as the emotional, social, and behavioral skills they need to be the best learners that they can be. AmeriCorps members will also build transformational relationships with neighborhood parents to empower parents to leverage community resources as a primary support network. This could include introducing them to community leaders who are redeveloping their communities, connecting them to local parent support groups, or making referrals to neighborhood organizations that will work with them to achieve their family goals (i.e. financial literacy coaches, affordable home-ownership programs, fresh produce community gardens and food pantries, etc.). Fellows will also leverage workshops and other activities to engage parents in becoming more connected to their communities and the resources available to support them.  With strong community networks and support systems in place, parents are better positioned to provide a stable home life that is conducive to supporting their children's educational excellence.

AmeriCorps fellows will be supported by the John Boner Neighborhood Centers, Serve Indiana, and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and assigned to fulfill their service at a partnering community service site.

Member Benefits:

  • Up to $5,000 stipend
  • A $3,047/50 education award which can be used toward college, graduate school, vocational training, or existing student loans
  • Extensive training and networking
  • On-going professional development that goes beyond most entry-level positions
  • Discounted membership to the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center Fitness Zone

Members may serve any of the following Essential Functions:

Social-Emotional Learning Fellow:

This position will increase social-emotional learning activities among youth by:

  • Providing trauma-informed care support to students and service site staff.
  • Conducting assessments to monitor student progress throughout the year. Regularly report on success stories.
  • Working with staff and instructors to coordinate and facilitate appropriate plans and activities for each age group.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers to assist in delivering social-emotional activities and/or to provide additional support to service site
  • Participating in 108-180 hours of on-going professional development to build and enhance skill-sets and effectiveness.

Parent/Family Empowerment Fellow:

This position will build transformational relationships with parents and caregivers by:

  • Building relationships with parents, caregivers, and family members to provide support and connect to needed services, programs, etc.
  • Delivering and collecting workshop surveys to monitor parent empowerment progress throughout the year. Regularly report on success stories.
  • Designing, marketing, and facilitating parent empowerment workshops for families with infant/toddler through elementary aged students.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers to assist in providing additional support to service sites.
  • Participating in a between of 108-180 hours of on-going professional development to build and enhance skill-sets and effectiveness.

Qualifications and Position Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident alien.
  • Must have a high school diploma, an equivalency certificate, a certificate for individuals with learning disabilities, or agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent and has not dropped out of secondary school in order to enroll as a member.
  • Must not have served more than three terms in an AmeriCorps state or national program
  • Must submit to a full background check, including a sex offender registry check, state criminal history registry check, and FBI fingerprint-based check.  This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations and selection is contingent upon satisfactory results of these checks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to include public speaking, electronic communication, and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility, patience, tolerance, and willingness to learn new skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple children at different age levels.
  • Must be highly organized and self-motivated.
  • Strong administrative skills including planning, coordination, scheduling and managing details efficiently and effectively.
  • Computer proficiency (MS Office, Google Drive, etc.)
  • An understanding of national service and the mission of the John Boner Neighborhood Centers.
  • Prior experience working with families and/or youth, a plus.
  • Prior volunteer experience, or experience working with a non-profit organization, a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish, a plus.

AmeriCorps Fellow positions are available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation or religion. Reasonable accommodations for the selection process and during service are available upon request.  

Location: Indianapolis, IN
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