College and Career Ambassador, Promise Corps
Posted by City of Philadelphia on April 4, 2016
AmeriCorps: Promise Corps College and Career Ambassador
About Promise Corps
The West Philadelphia Promise Zone, a federally designated anti-poverty initiative, recently secured a three-year award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to provide 25 AmeriCorps members to four public high schools in West Philadelphia. The AmeriCorps members will provide students with college and career counseling. Multiple public, nonprofit, academic, and private agencies collaborate on the Promise Zone, and the Promise Corps program is a key component of the Promise Zone’s education work. The Promise Corps is an initiative of the City of Philadelphia, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia. The 2016-2017 school year will be the second year of its implementation.
Promise Corps College and Career Ambassadors
Promise Corps College and Career Ambassadors (CCAs) will be placed in one of four high schools in Philadelphia’s Promise Zone. The high schools are West Philadelphia, Overbrook, High School of the Future, and Parkway West. CCAs will work with high school students and families to ensure that they graduate from high school with strong skill sets, and develop awareness of paths and challenges related to post-secondary opportunities, while working with students to help them develop long-term plans leading to post-secondary entry. CCAs will work with school teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors to identify and recruit students who need additional support.
- Support caseload of 40 sophomore, junior and senior students in successful graduation and post-secondary planning, including but not limited to coaching conversations, career and college exploration, academic tutoring, and long and short term goal setting
- Coordinate and implement student and parent services
- Develop programming in areas such as post-secondary education options, career pathways, college application process, financial aid, and career exploration
- Coordinate and accompany students to college visits and college and career fairs
- Assist supervisor with planning and program development
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with students, parents, school, community, and partner personnel
- Attend community events, forums, and other events
- Participate in community meetings, staff meetings, and training workshops
- Track and collect data important to track student progress and support program evaluation
Other duties including but not limited to:
- Participate in local recruitment events and fairs to spread awareness of Promise Corps program
- Service project development
- Participation in member development (including but not limited to trainings, professional development, workshops)
- Participation in national days of service as required by AmeriCorps (including but not limited to MLK Day, Cesar Chavez Day, 9/11, AmeriCorps Week)
- Complete 1700 national service hours over 10 months
- Attend a “Swearing in” and “Graduation” Ceremony
- Maintain a commitment to understanding the Promise Corps program model and current educational best practices
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
- Must have a Bachelor’s degree
- Pass Tuberculosis Skin Test
- Clear a National Criminal History Check, Pennsylvania Criminal History Check as well as a Criminal History Check in your current state of residence (if different than Pennsylvania) and National Sex Offender Registry check
- Served less than 4 terms of any length in another AmeriCorps State or National Program
- Dedication to national and community service
- Prior experience working in an AmeriCorps Program
- Commitment to Promise Corps mission and vision
- Demonstrated success with constituent relations skills (volunteers, teachers, parents)
- Access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport) to travel within a defined geographic region
- Experience in tutoring
- Experience working with diverse communities
- Experience working with teens
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to manage tasks and schedule independently
- Flexibility and adaptability to manage tasks in a fluid environment
- Demonstrated competency with technology, internet, software, etc.
- Demonstrated competency with record-keeping, documentation and data management
- Self-motivated, responsible and professional attitude
This position is part of the AmeriCorps service program. As an AmeriCorps member you will serve your community through Promise Corps and receive a modest living stipend, a Promise Corps College & Career Ambassador uniform and other benefits during your term.
Additionally, upon successful completion of your service term, AmeriCorps members are eligible for a Segal Education Award of approximately $5,730, to be used for college, trade school or other educational expenses, including qualified federal loans. During your service in AmeriCorps, you may also be eligible for forbearance on outstanding federal student loans and/or assistance with childcare expenses. For more information on AmeriCorps, please visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.
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