About the Opportunity
826 Boston seeks mission-driven change-makers to join the Writers’ Room Fellowship as AmeriCorps Members for the 2019-2020 school year. 826 Boston is rapidly expanding to serve more students in the Boston Public Schools through its innovative Writers’ Room Program. This is an exciting opportunity to join the inaugural cohort of 10-15 AmeriCorps members during a time of growth and play a key role in driving impact.
Serving as an AmeriCorps K-8 Program Specialist in the Writers’ Room Fellowship is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Your role is designed to affect individual students and school-wide systems. Through your year of service, you will work with students to empower them to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain critical communication skills while also supporting tutors and teachers to meaningfully incorporate writing into curricula across all grades and content areas.
AmeriCorps K-8 Program Specialists will serve at one of the following 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms for the year, joining a school-based team comprising the Writers’ Room Coordinator, two AmeriCorps K-8 Program Specialists, a College for Social Innovation Fellow, and a corps of volunteers.
Boston Teachers Union K-8 Pilot School, 25 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain
Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual K-8 School, 61 School Street, Roxbury (Dual English/Spanish proficiency required)
Members will be placed at a site by the 826 Boston team and will serve from that location Mondays-Thursdays.Additionally, AmeriCorps K-8 Program Specialists will serve at 826 Boston’s writing and tutoring center at 3035 Washington Street, Roxbury, for summer training and weekly professional development sessions on Fridays. The Writers’ Room Fellowship is an 11-month service program beginning on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Key Responsibilities and Functions
Student Direct Service
Serve as a writing tutor to students in grades K-8 seeking support with writing assignments in an 826 Boston Writers’ Room through class visits, individual drop-ins, writing workshops, and publication projects
Support students’ writing development through one-on-one conferences, small-group collaboration, and whole-class instruction leading reading and writing workshops
Co-lead Student Editorial Board for each in-house publication project, ensuring students have the opportunity to inform book content, cover and interior design, and title selection
Co-lead creative writing projects with students, such as a school-wide literary magazine, slam poetry team, and/or journalism club
Writers’ Room Program Coordination
Coordinate Writers’ Room volunteers, including managing email communication; co-lead pre-brief and debrief sessions
Assist with data collection, analysis, and results-sharing associated with Writers’ Room in-school and after-school programming, including tracking student visits and hours, distributing student and teacher feedback surveys, supporting the multi-year Northeastern University Writers’ Room impact study, and participating in quarterly team-wide reports
Collaborate with Boston Public Schools teachers across all disciplines to develop in-class writing projects that utilize the Writers’ Room tutor support and in-house publication capabilities
Support Writers’ Room publishing projects and book release parties
Communicate project progress to staff supervisor and seek counsel when help is needed to execute goals
Support school-organized student and family-focused events as needed, representing the 826 Boston Writers’ Room
- Compensation and Benefits
Professional Development: As an AmeriCorps K-8 Program Specialist, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management and relationship development. Further, you will develop your knowledge of public school systems, school and community partnerships, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps Members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor.
Living Stipend:AmeriCorps K-8 Program Specialists will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend of $538.15, totaling a maximum of $13,992 annually.
Education Award:As an AmeriCorps Member, K-8 Program Specialists qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award of $5,920 for every successful year of service, which includes completing 1,700 hours of service and completing the full duration of the 11-month program. The education award can be used to repay student loans or cover tuition costs for graduate studies at an accredited college or university.
Travel Stipend: $70/month travel stipend for months of active service
Medical Coverage: AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to request reimbursement of up to $50/month to cover individual health coverage premiums. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for this reimbursement but may decline it in favor of alternative coverage obtained through a parent, guardian, or spouse.
About 826 Boston
826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with individualized attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.
826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and the educator Nínive Calegari, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by Good Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 25,000 students and has been recognized byThe Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, includingA Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” byThe Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.
About this Organization:
826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind we will provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications beginning in the late summer of 2007. All of our free programs will seek to strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.