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 Community Engagement Specialist in the Writers’ Room Fellowship is a challenging yet rewarding experience. You will be part of a five-member team, including the Volunteer Manager, Community Engagement Coordinator, and three AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialists. 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 recruiting, training, and supporting the corps of 500 community volunteer tutors in Writers’ Rooms across Boston.
AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialists will serve out of826 Boston's writing and tutoring center, located at at 3035 Washington Street, Roxbury. Additionally, AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialists will travel to two of the 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms located in a Boston Public Schools on a weekly basis to serve directly with students. The Writers’ Room Fellowship is an 11-month service program, beginning on Monday, August 5, 2019.
Key Responsibilities and Functions
Writers’ Room Volunteer Coordination
Support volunteer management, including attending recruitment events, creating volunteer email campaigns, and co-facilitating new volunteer trainings
Support Writers’ Room program teams by planning tutor debriefs
Develop and co-lead supplemental training for volunteer tutors
Oversee on-boarding of service-learning partners within universities and collaborate with faculty and students to enrich 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms
Coordinate a series of volunteer appreciation initiatives, including social media campaigns, monthly newsletters, and in-person celebrations
Support Volunteer Manager with engagement of Volunteer Advisory Board to develop volunteer management best practices
Support Volunteer Manager with cultivation and stewardship of potential corporate partners, with a specific focus on engaging more STEM professionals in Writers’ Rooms
Communicate project progress to staff supervisor and seek counsel when help is needed to execute goals
Student Direct Service
Serve as writing tutor to students seeking support with writing assignments in 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms 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 of creative and professional writing and reading workshops
Compensation and Benefits
Professional Development: As an AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialist, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management and relationship development. You will develop your knowledge of school and community partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, 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 Community Engagement Specialists will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend of $538.15, totaling a maximum of $13,992 annually.
Education Award:As an AmeriCorps Member, Community Engagement 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.
Time Off: 80 hours of sick time and 80 hours of vacation time
Public Benefits: AmeriCorps Members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.
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.