Promise Fellows Needed

Apply to Be a Promise Fellow in ISD 199
Posted on 09/10/2018
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Title: AmeriCorps Promise Fellow
Placement Site: Inver Grove Heights Middle School and Simley High School
Contact: Dan Lemke -

Position Background

Promise Fellows tackle issues of educational equity by providing resources to increase high school graduation rates at schools across Minnesota. The Fellows serve at least 30 youth in grades 6-10 in communities that have the highest annual dropout rates and middle schools that feed into those high schools. Each Promise Fellow works with a site supervisor, data coach, and a youth success team comprised of supervisors, school social workers, and other school personnel to analyze data, make referrals, identify youth who need support and connect the youth to resources and programs that will engage them in school and learning. This role ensures that youth receive access to caring adults, service and leadership opportunities, and high quality in and out of school support. The goal of the Fellow’s service is to build relationships with youth and support them to engage in school.

Essential Functions
-Promise Fellows will support and deliver a variety of activities to support students. These activities include:
Build and foster strong relationships with their selected students.
-Coordinate and deliver in and out of school time academic enrichment activities with the goal that at least 30 youth in grades specify grade levels will experience academic gains.
-Meet regularly with Youth Success Team to review data and identify youth to serve; track student progress; and determine which interventions to connect to individual students or groups of students.
-Develop and organize projects that engage youth participants in service and leadership activities.
-Recruit and/or support community volunteers, including family members, to work with youth participants in areas such as mentoring, tutoring, civic engagement, and college/career exploration.
-Provide attendance and behavior coaching for students targeted for needing assistance as determined through the multi-tiered system of support approach; promote positive behavior expectations.
-Maintain program records, complete ongoing youth assessments and submit weekly and monthly reports using an online database system with support from site supervisor and site coordinator.
-Develop and execute a professional plan for the service year and life after AmeriCorps
-Participate in all required Alliance, AmeriCorps, and Host Site meetings and assignments.
-Use the AVID model of tutorials to facilitate a tutorial process during the AVID elective class.
-Participate in on-going training to deepen the understanding of AVID tutorials.

Marginal Functions
-Support teachers and other school and community members to determine the best local dropout prevention strategies, including how community volunteers will help address the needs of the targeted youth.
-Organize field trips and other special events to make learning and being at school more engaging and relevant to youth who are disengaged and at risk of dropping out.

-Must be at least 18 years old
-Have a high school diploma or GED
-Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National or have status as a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
-Please note that final candidates will be required to successfully pass background checks before being officially enrolled by Minnesota Alliance With Youth.

-Associates Degree or Bachelor of Arts Degree in community or youth development, education, or related field
-Interest in youth, service, education, and non-profit work
-Strong written and oral communication skills
-Ability to deal effectively with a variety of tasks, priorities, and people in order to meet goals
-Ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
-Self-motivated, able to work in a team, take initiative and work independently
-Able to present oneself in a highly professional manner and be an ambassador of the program
-Prior experience in a secondary school setting and tutoring knowledge or experience

Desirable Characteristics
-Associates Degree or Bachelor of Arts Degree
-Volunteer experience and desire to develop a strong ethic of service
-Experience working collaboratively with youth and adults
-Commitment to positive youth development
-Typical Work Environment Please personalize as it relates to your site
-Able to work at a computer for up to 8 hours per day
-Able to work in an environment that is noisy with many young people and adults demanding attention
-Able to work independently as well as on teams
-Work setting may include working in a cubicle and/or sharing office and computer with other members/staff

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