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Emerge Americorps Member

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Thomas Watson
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Minneapolis / St. Paul
 non   profit   community   service   development 
Category:Nonprofit / Social Services
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:Emerge Community Development

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With a goal of assisting 3,750 Twin City ex-offenders and first generation immigrants successfully integrate into the workforce, Emerge * AmeriCorps offers a unique service for AmeriCorps members to make a difference in the lives of people who encounter multiple barriers in securing gainful employment. Emerge * AmeriCorps members will work closely with their host site and site-supervisors to implement five core services that increase participant employability and enhance partner site capacity to effectively serve their constituents.

Full-time Emerge * AmeriCorps members serve a minimum of 1700 hours from 8/23/10 to 8/22/11 and
receive a modest living allowance ($983/month pre-tax); basic health insurance; and $4725 Education Award upon successful completion of service. Part-time Emerge * AmeriCorps members serve a minimum of 900 hours of service and receive a modest living allowance ($491/month pre-tax); and a$2,675 Education Award upon successful completion of service. All Emerge * AmeriCorps members may qualify for student loan
deferral and receive ongoing support and training.

Emerge * AmeriCorp members provide documented services to approximately 75-150 targeted individuals via five core services including:

Facilitate soft skills/work readiness training with the target population (first time offenders) - Provide weekly group and individualized trainings/workshops (World of Work, Computer
Literacy, specific topics that are unique to the needs of those served) to increase work readiness and job search skills. Maintain attendance and administer pre/post testing.

Provide individualized job readiness/placement assistance With host site personnel,
conduct needs assessments and develop an employment plan that includes up to 8 possible services including: (1) resume development, (2) job application assistance, (3) preparing for interviews, (4) job search, (5) public transportation training (for immigrants), (6) securing identification, (7) connecting to community supports (i.e. housing, childcare, health, counseling, etc), and (8) job placement.

Organize a quarterly site-based celebratory event - In working with people who face significant
obstacles to employment, members will increase positive reinforcement by periodically celebrating
individual client successes (i.e. job, sobriety benchmark, securing housing, family successes, completing AmeriCorps Member Service Description 2 groups/trainings, etc). Once each quarter, Emerge * AmeriCorps members will team with their host sites to organize and implement a site-based event to recognize client successes.

Recruit and support community volunteers to further enhance site capacity to serve
constituents - Each week, members will spend approximately 1-2+ hours on volunteer recruitment
activities. Volunteer roles/needs will be negotiated with host sites. Over the program year, each member is expected to recruit an average of 10 one-time and 5 ongoing community volunteers who collectively contribute 150 hours of service. The member insures that volunteer hours are tracked.

Civic engagement activities - Emerge * AmeriCorps members will be mobilized for several large group service projects (MLK Service Day and National AmeriCorps week) and with guidance, will
develop and implement at least five civic engagement activities.

Must be at least 17 years of age; must be a US citizen, national or legal permanent resident alien of the US; must successfully pass a criminal history background check

Desired Qualifications:
2 years of post secondary education or an equivalent number of years of relevant work experience

Previous experiences (paid and unpaid) in core service activities and with the targeted populations

Demonstrated commitment and ability to fulfill a one-year service requirement

A compelling interest in service to others and affecting positive change

Ability to facilitate trainings to small groups (with training provided)

Self motivated with ability to deal with ambiguity, take initiative and be adaptable, flexible, and patient

Ability to build relationships and work across cultures

An openness to training, supervision and constructive criticism

The ability to read, write and speak English at high school level with bi-lingual candidates preferred

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