Service year with MUA: ESOL instruction, career coaching, direct client support, and more! AmeriCorp

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Recruiting Organization: Mujeres Unidas Avanzando

At Mujeres Unidas Avanzando (MUA), our mission is to help adults break the barriers that stand in the way of their social and economic growth. Through our programs, MUA serves low-income residents from Dorchester and Boston’s surrounding neighborhoods, the clear majority of whom are Latina, although any woman is welcome to take advantage of our programs and services*. We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes; High School Equivalency preparation in Spanish (HiSET); computer classes; health workshops and focus groups; HHA, Phlebotomy, and CMA trainings; Citizenship Preparation; counseling; basic needs referrals and assistance; Family Literacy; one-on-one tutoring provided by volunteers; pull-out sessions for struggling students; and on-site child care for mothers with preschool aged children participating in MUA’s program. Our day classes run from 9:30-12:00 and 12:30-3:00, and our evening program runs from 6:00-9:00. Our classes will be a blend of in-person and online for the academic year 2021-2022 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. All services are free.

Our AmeriCorps member will teach at least one English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes for 10 hours/week, plus preparation time. The remaining time will be spent on career coaching, teaching small ESOL classes for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) program, and outreach and marketing via social media. Other opportunities are possible based on member's availability and interests, including: Citizenship classes, translation/interpretation work, presenting workshops, editing curriculum, and more!

Spanish fluency highly preferred.
2021-2022 NAIP AmeriCorps Service Description

Up to 30 NAIP members will serve a minimum of 1700 hours of service (~40 hours/week) at partner sites across Massachusetts to provide job readiness training, ESOL/civics instruction, and/or citizenship application assistance. The 2021-2022 service term will begin on September 1, 2021 until July 31, 2022. Applications to serve in 2021-2022 will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Additional requirements and responsibilities may vary by host site.

The success of NAIP is guided by the contributions of members who have been most directly impacted by the injustices facing immigrant communities as well as members who will listen, learn and act as allies. To create a culture of solidarity, learning and growth, we are looking for candidates that have:

  • Interest and respect for the racial, cultural, class, linguistic and gender diversity that exists within immigrant and refugee communities;
  • Strong belief in the power and potential of immigrants and refugees as essential to the social, civic and economic fabric of Massachusetts;
  • Lived or other experience learning or teaching English, going through the citizenship process, and/or transitioning to the US workforce.

Selected applicants should plan to be living to Massachusetts or a neighboring state by September 2021, despite the possibility of some remote service due to COVID-19. Plans to reopen will vary by host site, and can be discussed further during the interview process. If you have questions or concerns about a particular site’s reopening plan, please email: naip@miracoalition.org.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to serve in AmeriCorps, you must:

  • Be a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years or older;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Be willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks;
  • Additional requirements vary by host site.

Benefits

All NAIP members will receive equal benefits, regardless of site placement:

  • Upfront and ongoing training and professional development, including an opportunity to obtain a 120-hour certificate to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages and community interpreting certificate;
  • A living stipend up to $16,500 (approx. $688 every two weeks, before taxes);
  • Monthly MBTA pass or equivalent travel reimbursement, or up to $50 data/internet stipend while members are serving remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions;
  • 24/7 access to ASC’s Member Assistance Program, including unlimited, in the moment telephonic counseling services among other services;
  • Education Award up to $6,345.00 upon completion of service;
  • Forbearance on eligible student loans while in service, plus payments for accrued interest upon successful completion of service;
  • Health insurance;
  • Child care assistance for qualifying individuals;
  • NAIP AmeriCorps branded gear, including a T-shirt and sweatshirt to represent our program at special events and at your host site.

Essential Functions

All NAIP members are expected to:

  • Attend all corps-wide training, including orientation and monthly member meetings (until further notice, all training is planned to be held online)
  • Complete weekly and monthly reporting requirements to document your AmeriCorps service
  • Participate in a program-wide group project to benefit the field of immigrant integration
  • Carry out all assigned responsibilities at the host site, which may include:
  • Job readiness and/or job placement services
  • Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Assisting with applications for citizenship and/or provide civics instruction

Marginal Functions

All NAIP members will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in optional MIRA and ENB events and training
  • Lead a final group project to benefit the field of immigrant integration
  • At the direction of your host site, you may also have the opportunity to:
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers
  • Provide community interpreting and translation
  • Provide referrals to relevant community services

Please note: under federal law, AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political, union or religious activities during service hours. A complete list of AmeriCorps prohibited activities is available on the CNCS website.

NAIP NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

NAIP does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ability, gender, secular preference, sexual orientation, marital status, age, political affiliation or religion, in accordance with the non- discrimination requirements of applicable statutes.

NAIP is committed to supporting individuals with disabilities to serve as AmeriCorps members. If you require accommodations for the application and/or interview process, please email naip@miracoalition.org or call 617-350-5480 ext. 216 or 227.


NAIP is a partnership between the MIRA Coalition and English for New Bostonians, made possible with support from AmeriCorps and the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

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