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AmeriCorps Advocates of Mentoring Program

  • Temporary
  • Boston
Build.org

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About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The  AmeriCorps Advocates of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve mentoring programs across Massachusetts to strengthen their capacity to run robust mentorship programs. 

 

Mission Statement:

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is committed to ensuring that every young person in the state has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live. MMP is a statewide organization that partners with corporate, public and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 370 mentoring and youth-serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people from Boston to Pittsfield.

Host Site Description:

Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity. We help students become the CEO of their own lives.

BUILD’s unique program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship experience designed to develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As students journey through high school and continue to grow their businesses, BUILD helps them explore college and career options, and assists students with the college application process. Entrepreneurship is the spark – college, career, and life success are the goals.

Position Description: 

AmeriCorps Advocates will complete a year of service from August 2022-June 2023, where they will be placed at a partner organization to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and organizations in the areas of match support; marketing and mentor recruitment; mentor/mentee/parent training; and program development, evaluation and start up.

The AmeriCorps Advocate at BUILD will address the focus areas of mentor recruitment and marketing (50%), match support (30%) and mentor training (20%). This person will work closely with the Director of Mentor and Community to recruit a new pool of mentors for the 2023-2024 school year, diversifying the pool more than in years past. They will also consistently support 2022-2023 mentors and their students by providing ongoing training and resources, visits to the classroom and pulse checks within the program.

Objectives for the AmeriCorps Advocate will include building stronger connections with community-based organizations, corporate racial affinity groups and small local businesses. They will spearhead development of a mentor referral program and support in event planning for mentor retention and appreciation. 

All AmeriCorps Advocates of Mentoring will focus on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other Corps members to complete a community service project, participate in service on MLK Day, attend BU seminars focused on professional development and transformation leadership. AmeriCorps members will spend the majority of their time serving at their host site (see list of possible organizations here) and also meet regularly with the MMP Corps so as to feel connected to one another, participate in learning opportunities and grow professionally.

Role Responsibilities:

  • Organize student, mentor and teacher communication for an overall optimal program experience
  • Build a diverse, equitable and inclusive mentor community that supports our students in their BUILD journey from 9th-grade through post-secondary 
  • Work closely with BUILD Director of Mentor and Community Engagement to implement innovative programs and recruitment materials for mentors and relationship building workshops for 100+ professionals
  • Design, implement, and monitor virtual engagement initiatives via email and social media (newsletters, storytelling blog and LinkedIn group)
  • Utilize Salesforce & G-Suite to generate reports, develop experience surveys, maintain spreadsheets, and analyze program data to inform community engagement strategies
  • Assist in promoting events and social media campaigns to increase engagement and expand community outreach
  • Support the implementation of mentorship in the classroom by assisting teachers, mentors, students for academic and career development
  • Identify opportunities, trends, and features in the youth mentor space for relevant networking, recruitment, training opportunities
  • Attend BUILD trainings and meetings to increase knowledge in youth entrepreneurship
  • Develop the training and tools needed for BUILD mentors to successfully support our students; implement support practices to provide mentors with feedback and opportunities for them to develop their skills in service to our students 
  • Support the enrollment process of mentors with interviews, background, reference checks and school placements

 

Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with diverse people, organizations, and communities
  • Motivation and aptitude for networking and outreach 
  • Committed to actively recruiting, selecting, on-boarding, and managing mentors
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • Interest in volunteerism and community service
  • Experience with marketing – material design, blogging, and social media preferred
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized and flexible in a dynamic environment
  • Ability to effectively communicate to and gain buy-in from a broad and diverse set of external constituents, including corporate employees and executives and community-based organization leaders
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google applications
  • BA/BS preferred or equivalent experience
  • Availability to work evening and weekend hours periodically.

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member
  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Complete as a team one community service project to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Commute to all Corps-wide training and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members) 
  • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements

Salary, Benefits and Compensation:

  • $16,000 taxable living allowance paid bi-weekly over the course of 11 months
  • $2,134 SNAP benefits; Advocates may be eligible for up to $194/month (optional)
  • $6,495 taxable education award upon completion of service
  • $4,641 wellness program; Advocates are eligible to enroll in The Corps Network’s Health Insurance Plan administered by Cigna and Member Assistance Wellness Program at no charge for the duration of the term of service.
  • $3,000 in professional development; Advocates receive education that culminates in a Certificate from the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development
  • up to $77 per day for child care services depending on # and age of children (optional)

 

To Apply:

If you are interested in applying please express your interest on our online portal here. More information about the program can be found on our webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors including a list of past partners and/or members.

Full Applications will require a resume that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the AmeriCorps Advocate of Mentoring position, and a cover letter or a video stating how you heard about this opportunity and why you are interested in serving as an Advocate(either in Word, PDF format, or short video and a list of 2 references.

 

MMP is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment which prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons.  MMP affirms its commitment to provide a welcoming and respectful work and educational environment, in which all individuals within the organization benefit from each other’s experiences and foster mutual respect and appreciation of divergent views. MMP will not be tolerant of conduct which violates rights guaranteed by the law and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. Furthermore, MMP includes prohibitions of harassment of employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.

All acceptances are contingent upon CNCS funding appropriation and a successful background check. 

For more information or questions:

Contact Rosie McMahan, AAoM Program Manager, at rmcmahan@massmentors.org

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