AmeriCorps Youth Program Coordinator
Vermont Works for Women is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment that represents the vibrant community we serve. Candidates across all markers of identity and expressions (gender, sexualities, races, religions, ages, national origins, and abilities etc.) are highly encouraged to apply to this position. As our youth programs help girls and gender non-conforming youth gain confidence through hands-on STEAM and trades related activities, we especially encourage people with identities that are underrepresented in STEAM to apply.
This AmeriCorps position will serve as part of CEDO’s CONNECT AmeriCorps program. Our AmeriCorps members receive training and provide direct service in support of program goals to expand culturally appropriate youth programming and family supports to close opportunity gaps in education and employment and develop community and school engagement. Members strengthen connections for youth to skill building for education and career development, with outcomes of increased school engagement, and increased job readiness, pathways to college and career, internships, and summer jobs. Member service and programming for community connection and positive youth development with youth and families will develop community and civic engagement, and college and workforce readiness. Youth programming and engagement in schools and in our communities, through expanded learning opportunities in and out of school, reduces risky behavior and leads to safer and healthier communities. Our members will provide innovative responses to pressing community problems with city departments, state agencies, education institutions and nonprofit organizations in Burlington, Winooski, and surrounding areas of Chittenden County
Mission: The mission of Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is to help women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence.
Goal of position
- Expand nontraditional career exposure and healthy social/emotional development for middle school girls and gender non-conforming youth
- Provide expanded career exploration opportunities for middle and high school students in conjunction with local career and technical centers
- Provide career exploration and career pathway education to high school females and gender non-conforming youth through professional soft skills development, job shadowing, hands-on exploration, and engagement of community members, businesses and professionals as role models in careers where women are underrepresented
Development, coordination and implementation of youth programming at Vermont Works for Women (Rosie’s Girls Afterschool & Summer, Tech Center Career Exploration, Job Shadow, and Women Can Do) including:
- Coordination and development of activities for career exploration
- Assistance with organization of curriculum materials, including social/emotional “Power Skills,” and STEM and skilled trades technical lessons
- Coordinate the program schedule, hands-on activities, materials and equipment needed
- Help with recruitment and registration of participants (non administrative and essential for direct service)
- Recruit and coordinate community mentors and role models to support participants, talk about their career pathways, and provide additional exposure to nontraditional careers
- Program planning including monthly agendas, mentor engagement, connecting schools to local businesses
- Identifying potential career and education resources to feature at resource fair at Women Can Do for high school youth
- Volunteer recruitment
- Participate in team meetings across VWW, and other collaborative gatherings to further the goals of the Youth Education Program and the organization as a whole
- Meet regularly with the Education Program Manager to report on work progress, develop personal learning goals, etc.
- Data tracking – assist with pre- and post-survey data collection and analyzation for reporting on program outcomes
- Attend training and complete AmeriCorps timesheets, data collection and mid and end of year and other required program reporting
- Organize, support, or participate in events and activities across the program network in support of AmeriCorps Team
- Attend partner and community networking meetings as needed
- Training will be provided in program-specific software, and this position will be expected to use them
Skills and Qualifications
- Experience or interest in teaching youth
- Experience or interest programming with girls, young women and gender-nonconforming youth, and familiarity with the issues facing these populations
- Experience or interest in programming with power tools and STEM activities
- Experience and comfort with a variety of social justice and cultural issues (racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, etc.).Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for VWW’s mission
- Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
- Positive, cooperative team spirit
- Resourcefulness in creating systems and efficiencies
- A sense of humor, tact and diplomacy
- A can-do attitude
- Willingness to learn and utilize all available technology relevant to the organization and programs
- Commitment to the values of diversity and inclusivity
- Models exemplary professional skills and behaviors to program participants and staff
- US citizen or have permanent resident status
- At least 18 years of age upon entering the Pre-Service Orientation (no upper age limit), or 17 years of age with written parental permission
- High school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be willing to work towards GED as part of service- year successful completion requirement
- Has not been convicted of murder or required to be on a sex offender registry, and is willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check and State of VT checks
- Commitment to the goals of the CEDO’s CONNECT AmeriCorps program
- Strong communication and relationship building skills.
Service locations are varied. Service will be performed indoors, in an office environment, and out of doors in all weather conditions. Service hours may vary and will include some weekends and evenings. Direct service activities will be with youth and families and with community members. Ability to sit for half the day, and ability to stand half the day. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 30 lbs.
Monday 9th September 2019 – Friday 28th August 2020
This position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations (youth, persons over 60, individuals with disabilities).
Additional information on AmeriCorps is available at www.americorps.org.