Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is an educational nonprofit organization with a statewide scope, which provides direct service to high school aged youth. CYC’s mission is to solve Colorado’s dropout crisis. CYC utilizes an outreach, relationship, and case management approach to support in-school youth to remain in school. CYC started Corps for a Change in 2015 as a way to increase preventative programming within the organization. Corps for a Change focuses on attendance and school engagement support.
Corps for a Change has 25 AmeriCorps members who will engage with in-school youth to assist in combating the dropout crisis. AmeriCorps members will focus on interventions such as one-on-one meetings, home visits, phone calls, and tutoring, in order to address individual student barriers to improve attendance and reduce truancy rates. The goal of the Corpsmember term of service is to engage students, improve attendance, and help support a path toward academic success.
Quickly build relationships with youth identified with low attendance
Monitor student attendance and conduct one on one meetings to support students in being successful in school
Engage parents/guardians through phone calls, meetings, and home visits
Tutor students in the classroom
Address barriers to student learning by connecting them with in-school and local community service providers so they may focus on school
Track all students’ progress within CYC’s database, school databases, and other spreadsheets
Member will collaborate with school staff, students, families, and CYC staff in order to successfully accomplish responsibilities
Hours and Term of Service:
Members are required to serve during a typical school schedule, with some mandatory night and weekend hours. 675 hours of service are to be completed between the beginning of January and May 31, 2020. Members are required to participate in monthly team meetings and three “Days of Service” throughout the course of the service term.
Members will participate in an onboarding training at the beginning of their service term. In addition, members will receive one-on-one supervision training twice per month by their CYC supervisor and participate in monthly full-day professional development team meetings lead by CYC. Members will also participate in professional development opportunities at their service sites which vary depending on the site.
CYC AmeriCorps members will be placed at one main school site during their term of service. There will be monthly opportunities to connect as a larger team with your fellow Corpsmembers, in addition to bi-weekly supervision with your CYC supervisor. We are currently recruiting to fill positions at the following schools: Futures Academy (Aurora), New America Thornton (Thornton), 5280 High School (Denver), and Florence Crittenton (Denver)
18 years of age or older
Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
Have a high school diploma or G.E.D; College degree or some college experience preferred.
Not have served more than the allowed number of AmeriCorps terms previous to this term.
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.
Strong planning and time-management skills.
Strong capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances.
Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from coaches and program staff.
Ability to work with diverse personalities.
Ability to adapt to a sometimes challenging and high-pressure environment.
Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity.
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Independent, self-motivated work style
Excellent follow-through and strong organization skills
Experience working with middle and high school age youth, especially disadvantaged youth
Volunteer experience and interest in service learning
Access to a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license
· A passionate and committed belief that youth can rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and return to school, graduate, and enter into post-secondary education.
· Bilingual – Spanish/English a plus
Living allowance for a service term of 675 hours; allowance equates to $526.32 per pay period (twice per month). This amount is before taxes are taken out.
Education Award of $2,321 at the end of a successful term of service, which can be used to repay student loans or for current or future education.
Mileage reimbursement or bus fare
Cell phone and laptop for use during service term
Members participate in professional development and training including personal strengths, inclusivity, working with high needs students, communication styles, and a variety of other topics.
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Disclaimers: In accordance with AmeriCorps Regulation 45 CFR 2540.100, this position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include service or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee who recently resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to a reduction in work force, or an employee who is on leave. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is committed to achieving a diverse, high-performing workforce. No persons involved with this program will discriminate based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, disability, marital/parental status, or military service. We strive to provide a service and work environment free of sexual, racial, ethnic, religious or other harassment.