City Links Program Associate, Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring


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Cause Areas

When

Mon Aug 01, 2016 - Fri Jun 30, 2017

Where

99 Bishop Allen DriveCambridge, MA 02139

About

Service Description:

CAMBRIDGE-Cambridge Community Services (CCS) is a non-profit organization that runs the City Links Program to empower immigrant youth to achieve academic, career, and personal success through inspiring out-of-school experiences. City Links participants are immigrant high school students from countries including Haiti, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and El Salvador, among others. Through City Links, students participate in 1:1 mentoring, 1:1 tutoring, paid internships, and seminars focused on postsecondary planning, career exploration, and community engagement.

City links is composed of two parts: the Mentorship Cohort, where immigrant students are introduced to mentors and meet with them on a weekly basis; and the Leadership Cohort, where students are matched with mentors and academic tutors, in addition to participating in paid internships and a weekly leadership seminar.

The City Links Program Associate/Ambassador of Mentoring will play a vital role at CCS by leading the Mentorship Cohort, as well as leading a number of projects to strengthen and streamline our volunteer program. Working closely with the City Links Program team, he/she will have three main responsibilities:

  1. Recruit, select, and onboard 30-40 volunteer mentors
  2. Design and lead regular mentoring activities for Mentorship Cohort matches; lead match support of Mentorship Cohort matches
  3. Lead capacity building projects including an organizational transition to Salesforce and volunteer program analyses

Specific activities include but are not limited to:

  • Outreach and recruitment of mentors online and at local organizations
  • Interviewing and selecting volunteers
  • Supporting mentor and mentee trainings
  • Leading frequent mentor/mentee activities and monthly mentor/mentee field trips
  • Emailing, calling, texting, and providing resources to support mentor/mentee matches
  • Supporting networking and appreciation initiatives for mentors
  • Data entry and analysis in Salesforce
  • Completing all professional development requirements of Highland Street AmeriCorps

Fellow Schedule

Monday, Friday: 9-5 and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11:30-7:30

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in mentoring programs across Massachusetts.

Organizational Description:

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We provide services including training and technical assistance; networking and professional development; mentor recruitment campaigns; advocacy; resource development & recognition; and mentor-mentee match activities.

Program Summary:

Twenty-Five AmeriCorps Ambassadors will complete a year of service from August 2016-June 2017. These members will be placed at one host site location to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and organizations in the areas of match support; marketing and mentor recruitment; mentor/mentee/parent training; and program development, evaluation and start up.

All Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring will work on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other Corps members to complete statewide community service projects that benefit the field of mentoring in Massachusetts. AmeriCorps Ambassadors will be supervised by their host organization and the Mass Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps Program Manager.

CCS’ Desired Qualifications:

  • BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Experience working with youth, immigrant groups, and/or volunteers
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Strong work ethic
  • Must be able to work 11:30-7:30 at least two and ideally three days per week (Tuesday-Thurs)
  • Teaching or group facilitation experience a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce/data management a plus
  • Ability to balance multiple projects
  • Language skills a plus (especially Haitian Creole)

AmeriCorps Service Requirements and General Program Qualifications:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member.
  • Complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Complete at least 2 collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
  • Responsibilities include attending pre-orientation session, orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions - Meetings located in Greater Boston
  • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract
  • BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for volunteerism and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Some experience with marketing - material design, blogging and social media preferred
  • Public speaking
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
  • Positive attitude

Position Benefits:

  • A $5,775 educational award upon completion of service
  • $1,250 pre-taxed stipend per month
  • Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
  • 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
  • Free health care coverage
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
  • A nation-wide Alumni network
  • A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues - with the potential to make lifelong friends!

To Apply:

Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors to view our current open positions and apply directly to the organizations that interest you from the link provided on the page. Note that 1 application is required PER each organization if you are applying to more than one.

All applications require a resume that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and a cover letter stating how you heard about this opportunity and why it interests you, either in Word / PDF format and a list of 3 references.

We are interested in recruiting AmeriCorps members who call Massachusetts home. MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from persons with a disability, males, and minority candidates. Note: Positions are contingent upon continued CNCS grant funding.

For more information or questions:

Contact, Sonal Dhingra, Program Manager, sdhingra[at]massmentors[dot]org

Mass Mentoring Partnership and its site partners are equal opportunity employers.

Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities for interview as well as service term.

All positions acceptances are contingent upon a successful background check.

Skills

  • Public Speaking
  • People Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Relationship Building
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
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