The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership has received AmeriCorps grant funding for 2017-18 through the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service to fund 50+ short-term, part-time positions to support community education initiatives.
Currently, the program is seeking individuals who love education and want to make a difference in the community together with other community stakeholders. Additional positions will be posted in the winter and spring of 2017-18.
For the openings currently available, applications will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept. 5. Positions will begin in early October and end in early June 2018. Of the positions now available, five will be responsible for providing on-site enrichment for elementary-aged students before and after-school. Others will convene community taskforce groups to advance initiatives in areas such as school readiness (early childhood education), and healthy readers (nutrition, health and wellness). The remaining posts will focus on strengthening the community’s ability to engage volunteers, families and the community at large.
AmeriCorps members will serve at community host-sites with experienced supervisors in their respective focus areas and have the opportunity to connect with other community stakeholders working on similar initiatives. When the positions begin in October, all AmeriCorps members will receive an in-depth orientation and training.
Regardless of previous professional experience, applicants should be interested in education and community, have demonstrated an ability to bring people together to get something done, have strong project management skills, and interact well with people, especially youth, from diverse backgrounds. Past AmeriCorps members have included recent college graduates looking to build leadership experience as well as recently retired individuals wanting to stay, or become, involved in community life.
Here’s what previous AmeriCorps members had to say about their AmeriCorps experience:
- Samantha Ramsey – Skill Gap Taskforce Coordinator 2016-17: "I got far more out of my AmeriCorps experience than I ever imagined I would. The connections I made during my service term not only led me to wonderful new friends and a full-time job, but they also served to change my perspective on central Iowa, a place that I had known my whole life.
"Indeed, my service with AmeriCorps exposed me to the professional and educational interworkings of the county that I had never seen before. I saw car parts manufactured in Montezuma, specialized polyurethane wheels made in Brooklyn, and high school interns collaborating with teachers and professionals in Grinnell. Seeing these interesting and valuable activities gave me a distinct sense of pride; it made me want to give back to my community even more."
- Doug Cameron – Student Attendance Taskforce Coordinator, 2015-16 and 2016-17: "I really enjoyed my two years with AmeriCorps very, very much. My service with AmeriCorps involved helping with chronic absenteeism. I have always said that one of the easiest ways to increase student achievement is to come to school and arrive on time each day.
"I enjoyed greatly assisting each day the parents, students, teachers, school counselors, administrators and administrative assistants in increasing student attendance. AmeriCorps also provided an opportunity to work with service providers in other areas who were also with AmeriCorps. They were terrific colleagues."
Successful applicants will receive an AmeriCorps living allowance and a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (upon successful completion of service), and may receive loan forbearance for qualified student loans.
Applications are available online at www.grinnell.edu/gap/members. The application packet includes detailed service descriptions, benefits, qualifications and the application form.
Completed applications, which are due Tuesday, Sept. 5, can be e-mailed to americorps[at]grinnell[dot]edu or mailed to Community Enhancement and Engagement at 733 Broad St., Grinnell, Iowa 50112. For more information about the Grinnell AmeriCorps Member Service positions e-mail americorps[at]grinnell[dot]edu or call 641-269-3900.
AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Since 1994, more than 900,000 Americans have provided more than 1.2 billion hours of service to their communities and country through AmeriCorps. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.