AmeriCorps Mental Health Volunteer/Intern


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

About

The AmeriCorps Mental Health Volunteer/Intern will work closely with the ASC Deputy Director to support state service commissions and AmeriCorps programs with identify mental health resources for AmeriCorps members. In addition, the volunteer/intern will assist ASC with the implementation of the ASC AmeriCorps Member Assistance Program. The volunteer/intern will work independently and report directly to the Deputy Director. S/he will participate in regular meetings (in-person or by phone); participate in an orientation; and communicate regularly with the Deputy Director and ASC team.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (negotiable depending on areas of interest/expertise):

  • Facilitate focus groups of existing participating programs and programs that did not participate to seek feedback on the pilot ASC Member Assistance Program (MAP). Develop a report with recommendations on strategies to improve the program in its second year
  • Develop regular communication to participating MAP programs to encourage/remind members about available services
  • Call every participating program to check-in about any questions they have about the program
  • Assist in responding to questions from programs about MAP
  • Research and compile low-cost or free mental health resources (outside of MAP) that could be used by AmeriCorps programs
  • Research and compile low-cost or free trainings (or trainers) related to mental health for programs to access and learn from
  • Other duties as assigned related to ASC mental health programming

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
  • Familiarity or interest in mental health issues
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn about AmeriCorps
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Collaborative
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to effectively manage time and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to define and work to deadlines
  • Business Savvy
  • Understand mission of America’s Service Commissions
  • Present professional, but friendly posture
  • Maintain high ethics with communications and daily work task
TIMEFRAME:
  • Length of commitment: Estimated total hours: 2-8 hours per week, year-round (negotiable)
  • Scheduling will be at the discretion of volunteer/intern with input from Deputy Director
  • Specific days/times needed: Flexible based on other volunteer/intern’s availability

WORKSITE: This is a volunteer opportunity, to be completed using the volunteer’s own technology equipment and/or software, phone, and Internet connection. Deputy Director is available to meet Volunteer/Intern regularly via web meetings or in-person in Des Moines, IA.

BENEFITS:
* Learn about AmeriCorps and national service
* Learn about afterschool programming
* Potential reference for job well done
* College course credit (as applicable through your college)
* Opportunity to apply skills and gain experience
* Support mission of America’s Service Commissions to promote national service and increases awareness of AmeriCorps State programs across the United States and territories

HOW TO APPLY: Send your resume along with a statement of interest and your related skills/availability to Rachel Bruns, Deputy Director, at rbruns@statecommissions.org.

Skills

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Research
  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Group Facilitation
  • Customer Service

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-8 hours per week, year-round (negotiable)
  • Must have access to own computer, internet, software, phone

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