LearnServe Innovation Corps Member - Robinson

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LEARNSERVE INTERNATIONAL

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LearnServe International works to teach students how to bring sustainable change to their communities through social entrepreneurship & innovation. Students design and launch their own social "ventures" -- innovative action projects that benefit their schools and communities -- or work alongside established entrepreneurs. Throughout the process, students are in the driver’s seat: shaping ideas, defining strategy, and making the venture happen.


Why do we focus on social entrepreneurship & innovation?


We believe in the power of young people to create change. They have the energy, creativity, and passion to identify injustice and drive positive social change. Through social entrepreneurship we spark students’ passion to make a difference, and offer the tools to make an impact.


We believe that leading change has the power to transform young people. We hope that each student-led venture launches, offering tangible benefits to real communities. Regardless of outcome, the following take root: the self-perception of being problem-solvers, the ability to break down complex problems into achievable goals, and the experience of translating an idea into action. In the process, students learn critical personal and professional skills which they, in turn, carry into college and their careers.


Innovation Corps Role Description

The LearnServe Innovation Corps enlists current and aspiring social entrepreneurs to transform the lives of young people through social entrepreneurial education. Corps Members equip middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds in DC, Maryland, and Virginia with the entrepreneurial vision, tenacity, confidence, and leadership skills needed to tackle social challenges at home and abroad.


Corps Members are trained in the LearnServe Method, paired together or with a teacher at the base institution, and deliver content during the school day and feedback to students. Our in-school curriculum Seeding Social Innovation brings social entrepreneurship into the school day, reaching middle and high school students in public, independent, and charter schools across the Washington, DC area.



What You Get

Corps Members will enter a selective cohort of peers who are committed to making a positive impact in the world. Corps Members are trained in the LearnServe Method, a human-centered problem solving method, and in teaching middle and high schoolers. Joining LearnServe is joining a community of changemakers, educators, and social entrepreneurs throughout the DC-metro area; throughout your time with the Corps, we will provide opportunities to connect with and learn from members of our LearnServe network. You will also receive training and first-hand experience in leading a classroom and helping students navigate their social innovation journey.





Skills, Qualifications, & Opportunities

  • Interest in social entrepreneurship
  • Previous teaching experience at the middle or high school level
  • Commitment to positive social impact
  • Commitment to strive for justice
  • Commitment of 5-7 hours a week

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Attend Innovation Corps Training Institute (Early August)
  • Shadow one course with current instructor before beginning instruction
  • Co-Teach 1 hour classes taught 2-3 times a week during the school day
  • 30 minute weekly meetings with Program Coordinator to prepare for session
  • 30 minute weekly meetings with co-teacher
  • Weekly written reflection evaluating Seeding Social Innovation


Application Process

If you are interested, please submit the application found on our website by June 9th for priority consideration. Priority applicants will have a final decision no later than June 25th.


All applications received after June 9th will only be considered after all priority applications have been processed.

Application: https://learnserve.z2systems.com/np/clients/learnserve/survey.jsp?surveyId=47&

Compensation

This is an unpaid role with the ability to receive academic credit.

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About LEARNSERVE INTERNATIONAL

Location:

641 S Street NW, 3rd FLooor, WASHINGTON, DC 20001, US

Mission Statement

LearnServe International equips high school students from diverse backgrounds with the entrepreneurial vision, tenacity, confidence, and leadership skills needed to tackle social challenges at home and abroad.

Description

What do a concussion detection app, a fleet of electric school buses, and a college scholarship fund for children of incarcerated
parents have in common? They were all proposed and launched by LearnServe high school students.

We are creating a culture of youth-led social innovation in the DC area. We equip middle and high school students from public,
independent, and charter schools with the business skills, vision, and tenacity to launch social ventures - projects to benefit their
communities. We offer interconnected programs:

LearnServe Fellows
Extracurricular social entrepreneurship training for 60-70 students.

LearnServe Abroad
Hands-on study of social innovation in global context, through work with community organizations in Jamaica, Paraguay, South Africa, and Zambia.

Seeding Social Innovation
In-school LearnServe curriculum in public, independent, and charter schools in the Washington, DC area.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Robinson Secondary School5035 Sideburn RdFairfax, VA 22032

(38.81613,-77.30244)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5-10 hours a week

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