Join SCI AmeriCorps!

 

When you join AmeriCorps, you use your energy, ideals, and talents to help others. Plus, you’ll earn money for education, learn to be a leader, and gain real job skills.  SCI AmeriCorps members aim to build social capital in their communities through civic engagement opportunities, while gaining valuable experience in the process!  

 

The SCI AmeriCorps program supports youth success by increasing volunteerism and providing leadership training and community service opportunities for youth. The goal of the SCI AmeriCorps program is to connect youth with relationships, experiences and resources they need to succeed. Members implement volunteer outreach and capacity building activities that increase volunteer participation, and provide leadership training and community service opportunities for youth. 

 
SCI AmeriCorps is now recruiting 25 full-time AmeriCorps members for positions at our partner sites across Eastern Massachusetts, spanning from Lawrence to Fall River. Members are placed into one of two teams, Volunteer Outreach Coordinators and Youth Leadership Coordinators.
 

Volunteer Outreach Coordinators (VOC) will develop and implement practices for effective volunteer engagement at their host sites, drawing on SCI’s emphasis on relationship development and nurturing local social networks. Full position description below.

 

Youth Leadership Coordinators (YLC) increase the capacity of host sites to implement social capital building,youth engagement and community service-learning as strategies to achieve high educational outcomes. Full position description below.

 

If you are interested, please review the position descriptions and send a cover letter and resume to the program manager at AmeriCorps@socialcapitalinc.org.

 

SCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SCI welcomes applications from people with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodations for both interviews and service upon request. Positions contingent upon anticipated renewal of federal funding.
 

 

SCI AmeriCorps is now recruiting 25 full-time AmeriCorps members for positions at our partner sites across Eastern Massachusetts, spanning from Lawrence to Fall River. Our general position descriptions and available sites are below. Positions vary slightly based on host site placement.

 
 

Position Descriptions

 

Youth Leadership Coordinator (YLC)

 

Youth Leadership Coordinators will serve as leaders to a youth council, increase the capacity of host sites to implement social capital building, youth engagement and community service-learning as strategies to achieve high educational outcomes.

  • Implement the SCI Youth Leadership Curriculum through a Youth Council program and/or another youth leadership development program. Some members may initiate new youth programs while others will enhance existing programs.
  • Increase capacity for adult volunteers to support the success of young people served by the agency.
  • Recruit and coordinate youth (other than core youth council) and adult volunteers.
  • Increase participant civic leadership skills and commitment to future civic engagement.
  • Provide additional direct service to youth at partner agencies that support youth development goals.
  • Coordinate projects that engage families in school and community life such as resource fairs, family arts and cultural events, academic enrichment projects and family service days.
  • Track progress of the teen leaders through the maintenance of individual civic leadership skills checklists and other assessment tools that document the practical skills they develop.
  • Collaborate with other SCI staff, volunteers and partners on other projects to promote civic engagement, with an emphasis on integrating youth into activities of SCI and community partners. Also collaborate with other SCI youth programs on joint efforts including occasional activities that bring together youth from various SCI locations

Open YLC positions and locations:

Girls Inc. of Lynn
James McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn
Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance
ABCD Mattapan / Mattapan United
Milford Youth Center and the Juvenile Advocacy Group
  •  Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance (Lynn)
  • James McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn (Woburn)
  • ABCD Mattapan / Mattapan United (Mattapan)
  • Milford Youth Center and the Juvenile Advocacy Group (Milford)

 

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (VOC)
Volunteer Outreach Coordinatorwill develop and implement practices for effective volunteer engagement at their host sites, drawing on SCI’s emphasis on relationship development and nurturing local social networks.

  • Design a volunteer outreach plan aiming to increase the capacity of volunteers for the host-site agency
  • Create a system for screening and matching volunteers to appropriate roles that meet educational needs.
  • Coordinate projects that engage families in school and community life such as resource fairs, family arts and cultural events, academic enrichment projects and family service days.
  • Utilize technology and in-person outreach to recruit residents to volunteer and participate in other civic activities.
  • Manage contact information of volunteers, website and e-blast subscribers and other contacts.
  • Create marketing materials to promote the community website, volunteer opportunities and community events.
  • Collaborate with other SCI staff, volunteers and partners on other projects to promote civic engagement, with an emphasis on integrating youth into activities of SCI and community partners.
  • VOCs have a strong online presence. Members update content on SCI community portal websites, civic e-blasts, community partner sites and other websites to recruit residents to participate in volunteerism and other civic activities.At some host sites, VOCs serve as the primary webmaster for an SCI community website and primary editors civic e-blast.

Open VOC positions and locations:

  • Groundwork Lawrence (Lawrence)
  • SCI Office (Woburn)
  • The Food Project (Lynn)
  • Boston Alliance for Community Health (Boston)
  • Bottom Line - National Office (Boston)
  • Franklin Park Coalition (Roxbury)
  • Bellingham Police Department Youth Service Center (Bellingham)
  • Hockomock Area YMCA (Mansfield)
  • The Marion Institute (New Bedford)
  • Community Economic Development Center (New Bedford)
  • UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center / SouthCoast Serves (Dartmouth)

 

 

SCI AmeriCorps Position Requirements & Benefits

Required Skills for Essential Functions:

  • Strong commitment to national service and the mission of SCI
  • Desire to serve with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to serve with youth in a group setting; past experience with youth helpful (for YLC)
  • Ability to conduct community outreach and make presentations to community groups (for VOC)
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • Willingness to take initiative to achieve goals
  • Strong project management/multi-tasking abilities
  • A clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend in the Greater Boston area
  • Availability to attend community meetings &events during evening and weekend hours (frequency varies by position)

Desired Skills:

  • Regular access to a car recommended for certain sites
  • Bilingual communication skills a plus.
  • Knowledge of the community served a plus.
  • Ability to serve on a team and independently.
  • College degree or coursework is preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of HTML, PHP and Drupal a plus for somepositions

Benefits of serving with SCI AmeriCorps:

  • Excellent experience for future professional and educational opportunities.
  • Pre-service orientation and training provided by SCI; ongoing training opportunities and workshops
  • Members receive a modest living allowance during their service
  • Post-service educational award of $5,775
  • Health insurance coverage available at no-cost premium
  • Additional local benefits may be available

 

To Apply:

Send your cover letter and resume to Leah Mulrenan at americorps@socialcapitalinc.org or via regular mail to:

Social Capital Inc. 165M New Boston St., Suite 233, Woburn, MA 01801

Please note in your cover letter if you prefer to be considered for any specific location or position.

 

Questions? Email americorps@socialcapitalinc.org or call 781.935.2244

 

 

 

About SCI Social Capital Inc.

Founded in 2002, SCI’s mission is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.  We envision a nation where individuals are strongly connected to their neighbors and play an active role in shaping the destiny of their communities. 

 

The Goals of SCI AmeriCorps Members:

  • To develop the next generation of active citizens
  • To coordinate community service-learning and civic leadership activities that help young people develop as responsible citizens
  • To recruit and coordinate volunteers in the communities we serve   
  • Implement initiatives to connect citizens to the information they need to be involved and access community resources

What is “social capital”?

The idea of social capital is that our social networks have value.  Social capital refers to the collective value of all "social networks" and the impulses that come from these networks to do things for each other . Social capital can be measured by the amount of trust and "reciprocity" in a community or between individuals.  Our SCI AmeriCorps members are building social capital by connecting communities to the information they need and encouraging civic engagement among youth and adults.

 

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.  AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. 

Joining AmeriCorps is a way to put your idealism into action. AmeriCorps is an experience. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one. As a member, you will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life. You will also gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

 
 
 

SCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SCI welcomes applications from people with disabilities

and will make reasonable accommodations for both interviews and service upon request.

Positions contingent upon anticipated renewal of federal funding.