AmeriCorps Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) STEM Robotics Clubs Facilitator

SERVE WITH AMERICORPS AND IMPACT THE LIVES OF IMMIGRANT YOUTH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA!

Applications are now being accepted for Emerging Leader Program (ELP) STEM Robotics Clubs Facilitators to lead ELP III in grades 6-8 at four sites in Arlington and Fairfax counties. 

The ELP Robotics Club ensures under-resourced youth have access to quality STEM enrichment and develop interests in STEM professions. The clubs meet twice weekly, 1.5 hours/session, for 11 weeks to work through the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 curriculum, which has been vetted by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy and aligns with Common Core standards. At the end of the 11 weeks, teams showcase their skills and knowledge in a friendly competition. If possible, they also participate in local/regional tournaments. 

The person in this position will also co-lead ELP I, a multi-workshop program for high school students that helps prepare them for post-high school life, and mentor up to 6 ELP II students.

ELP II is year-long mentorship for high school seniors in which they receive one-on-one guidance throughout the college application, financial aid and scholarship process.  It also prepares them for a smooth transition from high school to college. 

Core Responsibilities: Under the supervision of Edu-Futuro’s Youth Programs Coordinator, lead the organization and operation of four robotics clubs and a final competition. Two of the robotics clubs are in Arlington, and two in Fairfax, Virginia.

  • Plan and conduct weekday after-school ELP III (Robotics Clubs) activities according to the designated schedules. Prepare, administer and report results of pre- and post-surveys to measure students progress.

  • Keep inventories, and maintain robotics laptops, curriculum software, and robot kits in working order conditions.

  • Train and support ELP STEM Robotics volunteers.

  • Plan and conduct a friendly robotics competition at the end of the four programs.

  • Coordinate Robotics teams to enter local and regional robotics competitions.

  • 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 full academic year.

  • Maintain and report accurate participant and volunteer data (attendance, progress, completion), and keep track of program’s expenses for meals and supplies.

  • Co-facilitate and support other ELP Facilitators when planning and conducting workshops, and with the overall functioning of ELP programs.

  • Assist with the organization of youth events, such as community service activities, field trips, college visits, and graduation ceremonies.

  • Assist with ELP marketing and outreach efforts.

  • Recruit students, mentors, and volunteers.

  • Engage established and new community partners in supporting ELP activities, including middle and high school administrators as well as college admissions’ staff.

AmeriCorps General Responsibilities

This AmeriCorps program called Moving Forward! is a partnership between CASA de Virginia (CASA), and Edu-Futuro, established to deliver comprehensive services of citizenship support, financial literacy education, connection to health/social services, and youth leadership development in Northern Virginia.

Members work together on planning community service and other events and participate in regular team activities (meetings, training, reporting, and evaluation activities). They are also responsible for promoting AmeriCorps throughout their service.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ELIGIBILITY

  • Available full-time (1700 hours; approx. 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/mentoring as well as serving the immigrant community.

  • Excellent English & interpersonal skills.

  • Foreign language proficiency a plus.

  • Access to a car required. Service activities are conducted throughout Arlington and Fairfax counties.

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. 

BENEFITS

  • $13,000 annual taxable stipend + FICA.

  • Local travel reimbursement for service-related activities.

  • Health insurance.

  • $25 monthly cellphone stipend.

  • Professional development and networking opportunities.  

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award which can be used towards student loans and/or to help finance higher education pursuits upon successful completion of service. (2016 amount $5,815)

  • Student loan forbearance or deferment.

  • Gain skills and valuable experience to prepare you for a career after-service.  

  • A great work environment.

  • Make an impact in underserved communities!

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree