Service Internship Position Description
Coalition for a Better Acre
Youth Educational Success (YES)
Commonwealth Corps Youth Engagement Coordinator
The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address critical community needs, and increase volunteerism. Through hands-on experience, Commonwealth Corps members gain professional skills and valuable knowledge while positively impacting diverse communities in our state.
The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and supports host site partners and members to find success throughout the program year. The two Commonwealth Corps members with Coalition for a Better Acre will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. They will join a corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to discover their passion and build their network in the service to their communities and the Commonwealth.
Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA), is a community development corporation, promotes healthy, vibrant neighborhoods in Lowell and the Merrimack Valley by developing resident leaders, affordable housing, and economic opportunities, and by responding to community needs through collective action. The Commonwealth Corps Youth Engagement Coordinator will support CBA’s afterschool program, Youth Educational Support (YES) by providing homework assistance, career exploration, and other enrichment programming to low income, diverse students living in CBA properties and the Acre. YES is operational during the school year, Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and staffed by our Youth Development Program Coordinator. The Commonwealth Corps Youth Engagement Coordinator will also manage volunteer tutors to support varying levels of need across the program.
· Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 25, 2022.
· Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6 total, post orientation) and CBA, including a new member orientation on August 16 & 17, 2021.
· Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
· Build relationships with youths’ families through phone calls, home visits, planning events, and encouraging attendance at meetings.
· Oversee daily operations of the YES program including research, planning, tutoring, and homework help.
· Assist CBA’s Program Manager with tracking attendance and conduct, determining their groups’ need for partnership, and finalizing community partners.
· Coordinate volunteer hours, activities, and support to adequately address youth academic needs with YES staff
· Co-facilitate student and parent orientation with YES staff and Corps members.
· Co-facilitate activities and events that highlight youth accomplishments and promote leadership with YES staff and Corps members.
· Use data-tracking to guide data analysis of the YES program.
· Support facilitation of family engagement workshops.
You must be:
· A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) and legal authorization to work in the United States
· 18 years of age or older
· Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
· Ability to balance service commitment with other family/work/school/community commitments in a sustainable way
· Experience working or volunteering with youth in a formal or informal settings (summer camp, youth ministry program, childcare, leadership program, etc.), especially from underserved communities
· Comfort communicating with various audiences; both spoken and written
It would also be great if you:
· Have experience or interest in program development and evaluation
· Have a basic understanding of child development or interest in learning more on these topics
· Have experience or interest in database management
· Are bilingual in Spanish and English
· Stipend of $800 semi-monthly while in service, up to $18,900, minus taxes and withholdings;
· Health insurance (individual coverage only);
· Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more;
· Completion award of up to $3,000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and withholdings;
· Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA);
· Additional training and other professional development opportunities;
· Assistance including food, essential items, and transportation
· Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities;
· Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their usual service location, according to that agency’s policies;
· The opportunity for at least 10 of planned absences (in addition to holidays); and
· Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.
Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public benefits.
Term of Service:
· Position Start Date: August 16, 2021
· Position End Date: June 25, 2022
· Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times Monday- Friday 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
· Additional service requirements from 5:30-7:30 on last Wednesday of each month, and one Saturday a month during the months of March, April, May, and June. CBA will ensure members have adequate time to plan for nontraditional hours and will adjust schedules as needed.
· To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by May 31, 2021 to Jennifer Balala, Youth Development Program Manager at email@example.com.
Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check.
Coalition for a Better Acre will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation, creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws. Coalition for a Better Acre welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.