AmeriCorps

Mission of program:

AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

  • Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
  • Fight illiteracy
  • Improve health services
  • Build affordable housing
  • Teach computer skills
  • Clean parks and streams
  • Manage or operate after-school programs
  • Help communities respond to disasters
  • Build organizational capacity

Benefits of Service

As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences—and you’ll also find the tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans; members who serve part-time receive a partial Award. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

For more information about the mission of AmeriCorps, click here.

Description of program:

There are three different positions available, and 8 spots total.  If you are work-study, you can earn your work study while doing the program.  All students are welcome to apply:

Teacher’s Assistant, one position available per grade level (K – 5):

  • Work under the direction of the classroom teachers to support teaching and learning activities
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups in order to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Assist in the preparation of lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Assist with supervision of students in classrooms, cafeterias, playground, and gymnasium, or on field trips.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

Support Staff Assistantone position

  • Work under the direction of reading teachers and special education teachers to support at-risk students in literacy and numeracy
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups in order to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Assist in the preparation of lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Assist with supervision of students in classrooms, cafeterias, playground, and gymnasium, or on field trips.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

Family Resource Center (1 position)

  • This is a new part to the program working with younger children and families.  This position will support the progarm in engaging families and children in educational programs and school readiness programs.

Requirements:

  • Must be a Wesleyan University student
  • Complete 300 hours in one calendar year to receive the educational award
  • Meet monthly as a group to discuss program and do follow up training
  • Submit timesheets on a monthly basis
  • Abide by AmeriCorps policies in Member Handbook

Age group served: K-5 and families of students

Time commitment:

  • Complete 300 hours in one calendar year to receive the educational award
  • Meet monthly as a group to discuss program and do follow up training

How to get involved:  Apply through the online application. Applications are accepted at the beginning of each academic year

Learn more: Here

Contact info: Cathy Lechowicz, at clechowicz@wesleyan.edu