AmeriCorps Youth Education Specialist - Woodbridge VA, CASA de Maryland, Woodbridge, VA

AmeriCorps Youth Education Specialist - Woodbridge VA

CASA de Maryland
Woodbridge, VA

Job description

Position Name

Youth Education Specialist AmeriCorps Member

Casa s Mission

To create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities.

number of individual americorp members serving in this position:

The program aims to recruit 2 (two) full-time members, 1 (one) half-time members, and 1(one) quarter time serving on financial literacy programming.

Moving Forward NoVa

The program is focused on providing a set of financial education and supportive wrap-around family services such as employment placement, pathways to higher education and trades, to support immigrant and low-income people fully engaged in the social systems in Virginia. This project is coordinated and hosted by CASA, funded in part by the AmeriCorps Program and The Virginia Service Commission (VCS).

Host Sites and Locations

Members may be asked to serve at any of the following locations, the main service location for each member will be identified on the individual Service Agreement and the placement will occur based on program needs. Our current service location is down below:

Woodbridge Office: 2359 Research Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192


Full-Time commitment (1700 hours/year):

  • Actual biweekly living allowance of $960.
  • Member will be entitled to a $6895 education award upon program completion.
Three-Quarter Time Commitment (1200 hours/year)
  • Actual biweekly living allowance of $720.
  • Member will be entitled to a $4826.50 education award upon program completion.
Half-Time Commitment (900 hours/year):
  • Actual biweekly living allowance of $480.
  • Member will be entitled to a $3,447.50 education award upon program completion.
Quarter-Time Commitment (450 hours/year)
  • Actual biweekly living allowance of $240.
  • Member will be entitled to a $1,824.07. education award upon program completion.
Living allowance will be paid bi-weekly by direct deposit. Individuals may be eligible to have the repayment of their qualified student loans postponed while serving. This postponement is called forbearance. While interest may continue to accrue during your service, if you successfully complete the term of service the National Service Trust will pay all or a portion of the qualified loan's interest that accrued during your service. Most federally-guaranteed student loans are eligible for forbearance.

CASA offers a variety of free, high-quality training courses on Youth Programming, and Popular Education.

Program Period

The Moving Forward NOVA program launch will be on 11 September 2023, and the program end date is 16 August 2024. If there are any positions available after that day, members may start as agreed with the Site Supervisor and Program Director.

Member Position Summary

Mi Espacio is a daily after-school program that combines academic instruction, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) instruction, health and wellness workshops, financial education, career development sessions, and leadership development classes to (a.) provide a productive space for youth to thrive after-school, and (b.) help at-risk youth directly and proactively address challenges of academic achievement and graduation in a culturally and linguistically competent way, focusing on helping these youth improve their academic performance, graduate, and go on to college. Mi Espacio also offers components designed to engage and support parent/guardians, such as Families United, monthly parent/guardian sessions that reinforce important topics covered in Mi Espacio. To facilitate parental involvement, parents will be given a set of engagement criteria to follow. Parents will also meet virtually or in-person with program staff at least once a month. Provide mentees the opportunity to connect in meaningful ways with someone whose past experience can help them navigate careers and life.

Training and Member Placement

CASA will provide a two-week orientation program at the beginning of the Service Year. Some training will include the Mi Espacio curriculum, college access and financial aid workshops, racial equity, classroom management, and program facilitation. As well as best practices on outreach, record keeping, and other relevant issues. The training includes an overview of National Service, the role of CNCS and the Virginia Service Commission, as well as training on prohibited activities as described by CNCS.

Essential Functions of Position Dependent on Team Assignment
  • Recruiting students to participate in the program;
  • Facilitating the Mi Espacio curriculum in target schools
  • Lead lessons and activities while providing direct support to approximately 20 students each day, including appropriate supervision and assistance during classroom and recreational activities
  • Delivering educational workshops and activities related to college- and career-readiness, leadership development, civic engagement, health and financial literacy, as well as other life skills training and academic enrichment;
  • Organize the day-to-day operations of the classroom, including daily schedule, activity supplies and daily learning objective is met; and modeling effective instructional techniques and appropriate behavior modification to fellow AmeriCorps members and volunteers
  • Plan and implement lessons, activities, guest speakers, and field trips in collaboration with the education coordinator
  • Volunteer in classrooms of CASA students in assigned partner high schools to provide classroom/student support, ie: small groups, one-to-one help, etc.
  • Collaborate with and provide consistent feedback to parents, teachers, school staff, and other youth education specialist AmeriCorps members regarding students success and program results
  • Perform intakes for CASA services, gather information & maintain up-to-date information about partners and community resources to provide to community members.
  • Developing and leading community service activities and field trips for participants;
  • Providing individual mentorship and support to program participants;
  • Develop internship opportunities and connecting program participants to these opportunities;
  • Facilitating multiracial safe-space conversations and other activities intended to improve school climate;
  • Providing referral to other services as appropriate
  • Administering pre- and post-tests and tracking all program participation
  • Achieve and track program goals in close collaboration with program staff by collecting and maintaining student files and program data
  • Conduct financial literacy interventions
  • Assist Community members applying for the Virginia Drivers Privilege Card and provide financial education to those applying for it.
  • Participate in relevant topic- and skill-based trainings and provide input into training and professional development sessions that would benefit larger AmeriCorps team
  • Interact and communicate with parents, volunteers, visitors, and community organizations in accordance with CASA s values.
  • Required to wear AmeriCorps-Moving Forward uniform during service activities.
  • Participate in required AmeriCorps Trainings and National Days of service
  • Comply with all applicable rules, regulations, and agreements of the organization and AmeriCorps
  • Participate in monthly AmeriCorps service reflection.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • The ideal candidate will be motivated, responsible, disciplined, loyal, and comfortable working independently and within team setting.
  • Must have the ability to exercise good judgment. The position requires excellent writing skills, phone etiquette.
  • Excellent English writing and language skills (bilingual in Spanish, French, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, or Hindi preferred
  • Excellent organizational and planning capacities.
  • Computer literacy (Windows or Linux environment) and basic Google Sheets / Excel skills and ability to adapt to software.
  • Experience performing duties in multicultural environments.
  • Highly organized and efficient, can-do attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative.
  • Passionate about investing in the growth and potential of historically underserved students
  • Good at managing your time and projects
  • Access to personal transportation.
  • Fast learner.
  • Some knowledge of popular education is preferred.
  • Adhere to CASA s coordination systems within our offices and remote-based systems.
Other Requirements
  • Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above.
  • A high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one during the service year.
  • Associates degree or higher preferred.
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (recently naturalized citizens are encouraged to apply).
  • At least 17 years old.
  • Pass a national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry, state repository check (Virginia and state of residence), and FBI fingerprint check, before starting national service.
  • Express commitment to complete one full year of National Service.
  • COVID-19 vaccination: CASA has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy effective July 1, 2021 requiring COVID-19 vaccination(s) for all employees and prospective employees, AmeriCorps members, and paid or non-paid internships. In accordance with CASA's duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we are adopting this policy to safeguard the health of our employees, AmeriCorps members and interns, and their families, CASA members and visitors, and the community at large from infectious diseases that may be reduced by vaccinations. In making this decision, the executive leadership team reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and local health officials. All prospective employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical/religious accommodation documentation prior to the first day of employment with CASA. AmeriCorps member candidates will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or appropriate medical/religious accommodation documentation at the time of presenting proof of citizenship and SSN eligibility.

Days and Hours of Service

Full-time AmeriCorps members schedules are flexible but will serve approximately 40 hours per week. Part-time AmeriCorps members schedules are flexible but will serve approximately 20 hours per week.

Regular service time will occur Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Some evening and weekend service is required.

Individual schedules are agreed by the AmeriCorp member and the Program Supervisor at the beginning of the program. The schedule may be changed upon agreement, based on program- or member s need.

Selection Process

To be considered for the Moving Forward NOVA program, interested individuals must submit a current resume to CASA s ADP system through the portal. Program staff will review the application, request an interview and application (if appropriate), conduct three reference checks, and match a potential applicant with a host site. Individuals will not be allowed to start orientation or be enrolled in the program until all appropriate background checks and paperwork is received by CASA. This is a competitive process for selection in the cohort, applicant s responsiveness and preparation is taken into consideration when selecting program participants. The position is not a reassignment from a previous host site or agency.

For more information about the program, contact: or at 571-###-####...

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