AmeriCorps Service

AmeriCorps Service

Reading Corps

OUR STORY

SummerCollab empowers community-based agencies to execute high quality summer learning programs.  Through intentional interviewing, quality training and precise placement, our team members are equipped to work with our partner sites to bring more choices and more chances to children in the state of Delaware during the summer months. Two thirds of the achievement gap is attributable to summer learning inequity.  At SummerCollab we close the summer opportunity gap through programming that promotes campers’ critical thinking abilities, positive sense of self, and literacy skills.

Summer 2018 marked the inaugural year for the Summer Literacy Corps, through which SummerCollab engaged 39 AmeriCorps Members to deliver targeted reading instruction to campers at our partner sites. As a result of this intervention, 87% of campers reversed summer learning loss, while making average literacy gains of over three months. A corresponding, and deeply significant, outcome was the impact that our Corps Members had on their campers, increasing their love of reading and their belief in themselves and their abilities. Their attitudes transformed from “I don’t want to read” to “Can you take me to read?” The camps were on fire with love of reading and learning, and campers returned to school equipped to engage and excel. With your help, in Summer 2019, we will again deliver the precise supports and empowering environments that propel our kids to success.  

YOUR ROLE

AmeriCorps Members are the drivers of our literacy intervention program.  As an AmeriCorps Member, major responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate literacy assessments and analyze results to appropriately group campers based on academic needs
  • Track attendance in literacy groups and camper performance data
  • Lead small group and/or 1:1  literacy intervention sessions with campers
  • Participate in network-wide AmeriCorps meetings

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE

All AmeriCorps Member applicants must be at least 17 years of age, and have a commitment to community service.  Candidates within the SummerCollab network must align with SummerCollab’s mission, and its impact children, communities and schools.  The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a demonstrated desire to work directly with children.  Previous experience working with children is recommended. Ideal candidates possess the ability to build relationships, work as a team member and adapt to new situations.  Candidates will be willing to learn and possess an open-mindedness to differing perspectives and ideas.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Undergo all necessary background checks and meet all clearance requirements
  • Participate in AmeriCorps training and events as required and requested by Delaware Office of Volunteerism
  • Attend all SummerCollab trainings and required events
  • Participate in and complete AmeriCorps citizenship training
  • Engage family members and volunteers in programming
  • Participate in community service activities

BENEFITS

  • Living allowance of $3,000
  • Segal Education Award of over $1,500
  • Paid time off
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Leadership and management experience
  • Making an impact in the lives of children and community

TERMS OF SERVICE

  • Serve on site at partnering agency (sites located in New Castle and Sussex Counties)
  • Minimum service hour requirement of 450 hours (inclusive of training)
  • Pre-season (March-June) training and professional development
  • Attend weekly all-Corps meetings

Please email laura@summercollab.com for more information.

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