AmeriCorps Emerging Leaders Program (ELP): Parent Support Facilitator

Applicants are advised that acceptance is contingent upon receiving sufficient federal AmeriCorps funding in the summer of 2017

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Parent Support Facilitator provides assistance to Edu-Futuro’s Workforce Development Specialist (WDS) who works directly with the parents of the students who participate at the 3-part Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in Arlington, and Fairfax Counties. While Hispanic and other immigrant high school students receive services through ELP I and II preparing for college and developing leadership skills through group and individual mentoring sessions, and through ELP III, which ensures under-resourced youth have access to quality STEM enrichment and develop interests in STEM professions through Robotics Clubs at two middle schools in Arlington County, and two sites in Fairfax County, the ELP Parent Support Facilitator will provide assistance to the parents of the ELP students.

Core Responsibilities: Under the supervision of Edu-Futuro’s Youth Programs Coordinator and in collaboration with the Workforce Development Specialist, provide employment readiness services and referrals to other resources to parents of ELP students as follows:

  • Plan and conduct needs assessments for parents of ELP I and II (College Preparation) and ELP III (Robotics) to determine their employment readiness needs.
  • Communicate with parents to understand their employment interests and goals, and their own assessment of their job readiness and occupational skills.
  • Identify career options and training opportunities for the ELP parents.
  • Identify employment opportunities related to the interests and capabilities of program participants.
  • Identify educational opportunities in the community that will benefit program participants.
  • Assist the WDS in the delivery of workforce development workshops based on the needs of program participants.
  • Work with the WDS in the implementation of evaluation instruments to assess programmatic outcomes and collect data from individuals served.
  • Collaborate with the WDS to identify and recruit parent volunteers to provide guidance, and coaching and, when applicable, mentoring to other parents based on their social and employment needs.
  • Help with the collection of stories, examples, and scenarios that illustrate the success of our work.
  • Maintain and report accurate participant and volunteer data (attendance, progress, completion), and keep track of program’s expenses for meals and supplies.
  • Work one-on-one with ELP II high school seniors (ELP I graduates) to coach them through the college and scholarship application process on a weekly basis, during the whole academic year.
  • Assist in the search for internships for ELP II students.
  • Support the efforts of other ELP facilitators and the overall functioning of ELP programs.
  • Organize with the ELP team youth events, such as community service, field trips, college visits, and graduation ceremonies.

AmeriCorps General Responsibilities

Members work together on planning community service and other events and participate in regular team activities (meetings, training, reporting, and evaluation activities). Members:

  • assist CASA & Edu-Futuro with recruiting participants and volunteers as well as with enhancing & expanding programming, student services, resources, and capacity,
  • assist job seekers and teach basic computer and soft skills to adults, and
  • support the recruitment and management of volunteers.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ELIGIBILITY

  • Available full-time (1700 hours; ca. 36 hours/week) from on or about September 1, 2017 to on or about August 30, 2018
  • Must be able to serve 2-4 evenings/week and Saturdays during the delivery of the Emerging Leader Programs.
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Passionate about teaching as well as serving the immigrant community.
  • Excellent English & interpersonal skills.
  • Spanish fluency (desirable).
  • Some experience teaching and working with the foreign-born (desirable).
  • Access to a car required. Service activities are conducted throughout Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax.

BENEFITS

  • $13,000 taxable stipend + FICA.
  • Local travel reimbursement for service-related activities.
  • Professional Development opportunities .
  • Health insurance paid by Moving Forward!.
  • Education Award of $5,815 (2017 amount) upon successful completion of service.
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment.

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume to Paola Sandoval-Moshenberg, Program Director at careers@edu-futuro.org. Upon receipt, additional application materials will be sent to eligible applicants.  Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.