As a Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps member, you will be given the opportunity to serve in elementary and middle schools and other local nonprofits, helping students improve their academic performance by closing the achievement gap. 

 


HOW IT WORKS


 
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The Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps program is an engaging 10-month commitment in which AmeriCorps members impact Atlanta’s most vulnerable youth.

Members serve on a diverse, task-oriented team to provide math and literacy tutoring, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) coaching, curriculum enrichment, and community engagement to over 1,000 K-8th grade students attending low performing schools across metro Atlanta.

Members support Hands On Atlanta's Discovery Program, a Saturday morning enrichment program, as well as coordinate volunteers on Hands On Atlanta annual days of service.

 
 
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AmeriCorps Alum | Danny Shoy

I was fortunate to be selected as 1 of 10 AmeriCorps Team Leaders to lead 135 other Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps members to serve students throughout Atlanta Public Schools. Each day, I learned from school staff, from my teammates and from students – all of who taught me valuable lessons about myself.  I couldn’t have asked for a better Corps, a better Team at Marshall and Summer Bridge, or a better year.  Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps undoubtedly set me on a path to be an advocate for ALL children to have a quality education and to live in vibrant neighborhoods that provide opportunity for them and their families.
— Daniel Shoy, Jr. | President, Eastlake Foundation | Hands On Atlanta Board Member


WHAT YOU'LL DO


 

Full-time AmeriCorps members serve a minimum of 1700 hours through service at schools and community organizations, half-time members serve a minimum of 900 hours. Members participate in leadership development training, self-guided Community Legacy Projects, and manage volunteers at enrichment programs and annual days of service.

 
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Engage with Students and School Leadership

Tutor and mentor students; Develop and implement creative and engaging activities for afterschool and weekend enrichment; Foster meaningful relationships and learn from school leaders.

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Manage Volunteers

Assist in the recruitment, retention, and recognition of community volunteers who serve with our partners and programs, including our Discovery program and annual days of service.

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Develop as a Leader

Participate in dynamic diversity and inclusion, educational leadership, volunteer management, and community building trainings, and learn the latest topics and trends in the education and nonprofit sectors.


WHAT YOU'LL GET


 

Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps members will receive hands on experience in local schools and nonprofit organizations, exposure to dynamic community leaders, robust leadership development training, support and coaching from the Hands On Atlanta staff, and participation in a diverse and collaborative AmeriCorps cohort.

 
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Members will receive:

  • A monthly living allowance of $1,500 ($800 for half-time members)

  • Health and dental insurance (for full-time members)

  • Childcare subsidy, if eligible

  • Loan deferment for federal student loans

  • Segal Education Award of $6,095 ($3,047 for half-time members) upon successful completion of service requirements

 


APPLICATION PROCESS


 

We are committed to building a dedicated AmeriCorps cohort that reflects the diverse Atlanta community. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed individuals who share our passion for service. Serving as an AmeriCorps member is a very fulfilling yet challenging role. Ideal candidates have demonstrated experience in schools and/or nonprofit organizations and have volunteered their time to better the community in which they live. They have the heart and the grit to address some of the biggest social inequities facing our city.  

 


Eligibility


 

Ideal candidates will be aspiring educators, counselors, social workers, or nonprofit or youth development professionals who are passionate about serving the needs of economically-disadvantaged children. Serving as an AmeriCorps member is a meaningful opportunity for those pursuing medicine, law, and other professional tracks who want on the ground, community experience and are dedicated to civic engagement.

 
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In order to be eligible to serve as a Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps member, you must meet these eligibility requirements at the start of service.

  • Able to commit to completing 1700 hours of full-time service over 10 months (900 hours for half-time members)

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S.

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or currently pursuing your bachelor’s

  • Have served no more than four terms in an AmeriCorps state or national program

  • Complete and clear state, federal, and NSOPW background checks 


Requirements


 

We are looking for candidates who are driven, resourceful, and passionate about addressing educational inequities. The ideal candidate is interested in getting their hands dirty in all aspects of the AmeriCorps program, from being a role model to students to being an engaged participant in the AmeriCorps cohort. You might describe yourself as ambitious, resilient, and a positive force with an unyielding passion to do something good. Ideal candidates will have:

 
  • Volunteer/community service experience (ideally in schools and/or nonprofits, and with children)

  • Demonstrated leadership ability

  • Adaptability and perseverance in the face of obstacles 

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • High level of professionalism

  • Ability to maintain positive and respectful rapport with students, parents, and community members

  • Able to seek out and work effectively with others who have diverse perspectives, talents, and backgrounds; contribute to a team climate in which differences are valued and supported

  • Effective communication skills, including comfort with public speaking

  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and achieve goals in a face-paced environment

  • Ability to create thoughtful and thorough documentation of interactions with children, parents, and volunteers

  • Eagerness to learn, contribute, and grow

  • Reliable transportation and ability to navigate in and around greater Atlanta


Interview Process 


Phone Screen

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in 15-20 minute phone screen to deeper assess qualifications and interest in serving as an AmeriCorps member.

Invitation to Join

Successful applicants will be invited to join Hands On Atlanta’s 2019/2020 cohort of AmeriCorps members

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Host Placement Matching Interview

To ensure a strong fit between AmeriCorps members and the host site, Hands On Atlanta will schedule candidates who have accepted our invitation to join for an in-person interview at 1-2 host sites (typically with the school principal). Placements will be assigned after the match interview(s). Special accommodations will be made for our out of state candidates.

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Group Interview

Successful phone screen candidates will be invited to come in for an initial in-person interview with several Hands On Atlanta staff and key stakeholders. Special accommodations will be made for out of state candidates.

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CNCS Application & Final Interview

The Corporation for National and Community Service requires a separate online application. A select group of candidates, who have participated in a networking interview, will be invited to complete the CNCS application on https://my.americorps.gov. After completion of this application Finalists will be invited for a final interview with leaders of the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps team and asked to submit references.

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APPLICATION AND PROGRAM TIMELINE


 
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2019/20 AMERICORPS POSITIONS


 

Full-time ELA and/or math tutor at a metro Atlanta elementary or middle school 

  • Members will provide ELA and/or math tutoring to small groups of students and track their progress. When not tutoring members will support other school activities through supervision and support of students, co-planning with teachers, leading learning activities, and communicating with school staff and at times, parents. Members may also support the Discovery program on select Saturday mornings at an elementary school.

Part-time ELA and/or math tutor at a metro Atlanta elementary or middle school

  • Members will provide ELA and/or math tutoring to small groups of students and track their progress. When not tutoring members will support other school activities through supervision and support of students, co-planning with teachers, leading learning activities, and communicating with school staff and at times, parents. Members may also support the Discovery program on select Saturday mornings at an elementary school.

    **Part-time tutors may also be placed at an afterschool program at a City of Atlanta Center of Hope

Full-time Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach at a metro Atlanta elementary or middle school

  • Members will be placed at a metro Atlanta elementary or middle school to coach and mentor a caseload of 20 - 30 students during the school year and will facilitate activities centered upon social emotional learning, community engagement, and academic growth. The goal is to help students develop essential social/emotional skills including self-awareness, conflict resolution, communication, resource utilization, etc.. Members will meet with students regularly, maintain data tracking, and collaborate with school counselors, school social workers, administrators, and teachers. Members may also support the Discovery program on select Saturday mornings at an elementary school.

Part-time Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta Site-Based Coordinator

  • The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metro Atlanta is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

  • AmeriCorps members serving at BBBS will serve to ensure the best match for site-based volunteers and children and then support those matches in accordance with BBBS standards, including the coordination of site logistics for each visit and creating activities for Bigs and Littles.

  • Members may also support the Discovery program on select Saturday mornings at an elementary school.

Full-Time Hands On Atlanta Program Coordinator

  • This full-time AmeriCorps position is focused on volunteer engagement and management in support of our Saturday and after school enrichment programs (Discovery). The member will be placed at Hands On Atlanta’s office and collaborate with the Programs Department to recruit, engage, and manage volunteers in order to increase the impact of our educational enrichment programs. Position responsibilities include: developing outreach materials, creating curriculum, leading trainings, coordinating program operations, communicating with school partners, inventory management of program supplies, attending enrichment sessions, and data entry and analysis. The member will also support our annual days of service and other programmatic activities.

 

 

If you have any questions regarding the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps program or the application process, contact the Hands On Atlanta AmeriCorps team at americorps@handsonatlanta.org.