Become an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

SCI is accepting applications for additional SCI AmeriCorps Host Sites.  Please review the information below and submit your application or any questions to AmeriCorps@socialcapitalinc.org.  Please review the information below before looking at the attached application and position descriptions.  The deadline for applications is June 14, 2013 or when all slots are filled so please submit your application as soon as possible.

Information about being an SCI AmeriCorps Host Site

What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a program that 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 State members in this program commit to serving 1700 hours of service from September through the end of June.

What is SCI?

The mission of SCI Social Capital Inc. 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. This increase in ‘social capital’ will result in communities that are safer, healthier and more vital.

SCI AmeriCorps

SCI has managed an AmeriCorps program for the past 6 years, based on training and placing SCI AmeriCorps members within community partner organizations that we call “Host Sites”. Members at host sites carry out service activities around one of two SCI AmeriCorps member objective areas. Both objective areas support the overall goal of increasing social capital and civic engagement in order to improve outcomes for youth. Host sites are chosen based on their alignment with SCI AmeriCorps goals, their ability to support a member effectively, and their commitment to adhering to the AmeriCorps program guidelines. SCI is currently seeking applications for new host sites in Fall River, Lynn, Woburn and the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. This request for applications is being made in anticipation of SCI receiving a renewal of its AmeriCorps funding in June. Placements won’t be finalized until funding is confirmed.

What does it mean to be a host site?

The host site serves as the space through which SCI’s AmeriCorps members accomplish their position goals throughout their service year.  The host site provides direct supervision to the member throughout the year through regular guidance, check-ins and, evaluation as to make sure the AmeriCorps member has a successful service year and accomplishes the goals and expectations of the position.

Benefits and Responsibilities for SCI AmeriCorps Host Sites

The 2013/14 program year fee for the host site is $4900 for each SCI AmeriCorps member, helping to meet the cost sharing requirements of the federal program. SCI administers the members stipend and other benefits. The member will attend mandatory SCI trainings every month to focus on the professional development and service of each SCI AmeriCorps member.

The SCI AmeriCorps program manager will provide ongoing support to both the AmeriCorps members and the Host Site supervisor to maximize the impact and success of the year. Please see the application for more details on benefits and responsibilities.

SCI AmeriCorps Positions

The SCI AmeriCorps program has two positions, the Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (VOC) position and the Youth Leadership Coordinator (YLC) position.  In the application, the host site should describe the ways that these positions can and will be directly applied at the host site as to have the most impact with the SCI AmeriCorps members who are place at the site.

Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (VOC)

The Volunteer Outreach Coordinator (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 and online social networks. The SCI AmeriCorps priority for the coming year is recruting volunteers to meet the needs of youth. This position additionally is focused on civically engaging youth 18 and under as well as their families and/or guardians.

Youth Leadership Coordinator (YLC)

The Youth Leadership Coordinator (YLC) increases the capacity of host sites to implement social capital building,youth engagement and community service-learning (CSL) as strategies to achieve high educational outcomes.  This is done through creating a group of youth who meet regularly throughout the year and serve as a youth council.  The YLC oversees and develops the youth council members’ skills in leadership as well as increasing the level of civic engagement of the council.  This council addresses issues within the community through implementing community service learning events as well as overseeing a mini-grant process for outside projects throughout the year.

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