Every year, thousands of overachieving high school students engage in community service. But at a time when a crisis is raging in American education, far too few of these bright students - those who have developed a proven expertise in academics - direct their community service efforts to passing their knowledge and skills on to their disadvantaged peers.
Educational Justice (EJ), an award-winning nonprofit startup, is addressing the educational inequity ravaging our communities by offering our brightest high school students an alternative: the opportunity to belong to a new kind of honor society. Applicants are accepted based on exceptional academic credentials and are then trained to tutor a single, low-income younger peer on a weekly basis and to become an activists for equality in education. The new initiative recently won a social entrepreneurship conference at Harvard University.
Through capacity-building efforts such as student recruitment, community partnerships, grant writing, software enhancement, and program administration, EJ VISTAs work to level the educational playing field for low-income students by growing this innovative program’s reach nationwide. Apply today. More info at EducationalJustice.org/VISTA.
What EJ Staff Does:
- Creates new community partnerships and maintains current ones;
- Recruits students to apply to the EJ Activists program and coordinates those within the program;
- Supervises tutoring sessions and coordinates Activists and Achievers;
- Administers surveys and other data gathering methods for performance measures;
- Organizes, supervises and attends fairs, conferences, trainings, and special events;
- Develops an innovative media outreach plan and social media presence;
- Utilizes design and communications technology (Adobe Creative Suite, photography, film editing, etc.) for marketing plans;
- Enhances front-end website design (WordPress ,HTML, CSS, etc.);
- Possesses a basic understanding of web development;
- Understands and visualizes the EJ Activists online platform design and functionality;
- Oversees the development and implementation of the new software platform;
- Identifies new grant sources from local, state, and federal sources;
- Prepares grant proposals; Augments direct as well as in-kind donations to the organization, and facilitates additional fundraising efforts.
- Passionate about social justice and education initiatives;
- Innovative thinkers who thrive in a start-up environment;
- Self-motivated and takes initiative, working well independently and with a team;
- Social ease and adaptability to a variety of situations, people, and environments;
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills; Proficiency using administrative software (Skype, iCloud, Google Docs, Microsoft Office Suite, iWorks Suite, etc.);
- Attention to detail when implementing administrative tasks, data collecting, and day-to-day program implementation.
A select number of Americorps VISTA opportunities are currently available at Educational Justice. Applications are being accepted from April to July 2016, however, submitting an application early in the timeframe will be advantageous. Candidates must apply via our Americorps VISTA listing, accessible via Educationaljustice.org/VISTA .
- Strategic Planning
- Grant Writing / Research
- Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
- Program Management
- Product Development
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training