WESTERN MA 10 MONTH COMMITMENT (AUGUST THROUGH JUNE 2024)
Are you someone who is in search of a unique experience? Is supporting youth meaningful to you? Do you enjoy arts, education and community? Maybe a high school graduate? Or someone in between jobs or taking a gap year?
Join the 2023-2024 DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps program!
Open Positions with Positive Youth Development Corps: support youth in increasing their self efficacy, autonomy, belonging, confidence and creativity
1) Hope For Youth & Family Foundation - Springfield MA
2) Montague Catholic Social Ministries - Turners Falls MA
3) NorthStar Self-Directed Learning - Sunderland MA
4) GLSEN MA - Northampton MA
Open Positions with Restorative Relationships Corps: support youth in increasing social emotional learning, student leadership and restorative practices
1) Amherst Regional High School - Amherst MA
2) Easthampton High School
The DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps program partners with schools and youth-serving agencies in Western Massachusetts to create innovative full-time service opportunities. Established in 1996, DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps serves a geographic area that spans from Greenfield to Springfield, from rural to urban settings.
For 10 months each academic year, DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps members support local youth through mentoring, creative activities, experiential learning and positive youth development to create spaces where youth can develop meaningful goals, drive their own solutions, make decisions, fail, learn and grow. AmeriCorps members use a collaborative, student-centered approach to support young people's autonomy, belonging and personal learning aspirations. Based on site placement, members are trained to either use the conversational skills of "motivational interviewing" to support young people in setting goals or trained to support youth leadership and social emotional learning through restorative circles and 1:1 mentoring.
Candidates select from a variety of sites based on their interests, such as:
-Develop creative approaches for goal setting, self expression and resource connection
-Support learning in public & alternative schools
-Create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth
-Cultivate a fun educational atmosphere at drop-in resource centers & after school organizations
-Encourage music & arts education
-Foster restorative relationships and social/emotional skills with youth at schools
Members must be at least 18 years old, a US citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident, and have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency. Youth work experience is recommended not required, some work history is necessary. It is highly beneficial to have a driver's license with access to reliable transportation.
Three Core Elements of DIAL/SELF AmeriCorps Members:
On-site service at a local school or community center.
Team service project in collaboration with youth and community.
Weekly training and reflection to build youth work skills and increase knowledge of different learning styles, social justice issues, creative approaches, motivational interviewing, asset-based community development, group dynamics and facilitation.
a compensation package worth over $24k
Living Allowance: $17,800 for serving full 10-month term
Receiving a stipend by weekly via direct deposit
Monthly stipend amount pre-tax: $1,545
Upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service, you will receive an education award of up to $6,895. The education award can be used to repay federal student loans and/or pay tuition and other educational expenses.
Federal Student Loan Forbearance:
Payments of student loans may be put into forbearance during your year of service. Accrued interest may be paid by the National Service Trust.
Applications accepted until all positions are filled. Program begins in August and continues through June 2024.
How To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to HR@dialself.org or apply via bit.ly/dialselfamericorps23. Visit http://www.dialself.org/americorps.html for more information.