Life Skills and Education Access AmeriCorps
Salt Lake City (United States of America)
Operation AmeriCorps is a national program where community members have the opportunity to serve in local nonprofits for one year helping to eliminate poverty. In return for service, members receive a living allowance and other benefits.
The AmeriCorps position will focus efforts to recently resettled refugee families, with an emphasis on serving women. They will collaborate with three International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City (IRC SLC) departments, Education, Resettlement and Economic Wellbeing, to ensure families access and understand the resources offered them as they work towards self-sufficiency. This includes participation in skill-building resources towards livable wages, support for women and their families in accessing educational services, ensuring all members of the household have access to ESL and members of the household are access financial coaching. This AmeriCorps service member will support vulnerable newly arrived refugee families who are at risk for homelessness access skill-building resources and education towards livable wages through a variety of interventions. The service member will develop materials and an outreach strategy to ensure refugees are accessing the variety of resources available at the IRC, with a special emphasis on financial empowerment and education. The AmeriCorps member will be supervised by the education program manager. As an AmeriCorps member the pay, called a “living stipend” is projected to be $18,850 which will be distributed over the period of 12 months, twice per month, until you are no longer in the program.
This is a full time contract and commitment for the course of one year (12 months), with a minimum of 1700 hours of service. Upon successful completion of the contract, minimum hours and satisfactory fulfillment of your one (1) year contract, you would be eligible for an Education award of $6,345. You may use to either further your education or pay on a previously accrued qualifying Federal student loan(s).
Also while serving as an Operation AmeriCorps member, if you have any qualifying Federal Student loans, they will may qualify for forbearance along with any taxes accrued, will be paid by the National Corporation (Trust) at the end of your 12 month contract. The full time position also has Health Care options available through RBI Insurance (subject to eligibility and costs to the member).
This position assists women who are at risk for homelessness in accessing skill-building resources and education towards livable wages. It also works with families to ensure that children have support and access to education thus guarding against intergenerational poverty and provides infrastructure for women to participate in skill building by providing outreach and childcare support.
•Enroll refugee woman into skill-building courses including financial literacy coaching and educational programming
•Recruit, train, and manage volunteers to assist with childcare support that will enable refugee woman’s participation in programming, specifically IRC SLC’s Cultural Orientation
•Support and train refugee parents in navigating the U.S. school system to better support student’s academic success
•Develop materials and an outreach strategy to ensure refugees are accessing the variety of resources available at the IRC SLC
•Assist with office support to set up client housing and provide necessary materials to new arrivals
•Communicate program success to stakeholders through newsletter write-ups and program reports