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AmeriCorps - Youth and Family Support Assistant (YELS)

Department: Education and Community Services
Program: Youth Empowered with Leadership Skills (YELS)
Reports to: Youth Intervention Services Manager
Full-time: 6-months- at least 1700 hours
Compensation: $1,050 per month living stipend, plus $5,350 post-service education award
Age Requirement: 18-25 years old (required for Washington Service Corps Independent Placements)
(See AmeriCorps Benefits-Requirements below)

Neighborhood House Programs
Our mission is to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building. Many of our staff members are immigrants or refugees themselves, who provide interpretation, information and referral services, senior assistance, early childhood education, employment services, along with teaching English and computer skills.

The Youth Leadership Coordinator and Youth and Families Support Assistant (AmeriCorps member) will be working mainly out of the Neighborhood House High Point Center. High Point is a Seattle Housing Authority community that underwent an historic transition. Through a HUD HOPE VI grant, High Point was redeveloped from a World War II temporary housing community into a new redevelopment designed to be the most progressive environmentally friendly community in the country. It is situated on 120 acres in the middle of West Seattle, and is one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods. The High Point Center is a place where families from all walks of life can gather and share food, stories and experiences. It's a community living room for everything from town meetings to neighborhood potlucks, book clubs to Head Start classes with a special focus on building space reserved for youth who make up a substantial portion of this community.

YELS - Youth Empowered with Leadership Strengths (1 AmeriCorps member) is a year-round youth leadership program offering a wide range of experiences for young people to develop skills to gain self knowledge, explore their leadership capabilities, make informed decisions, and contribute to their community. It is open to 30 middle and high school youth between the ages of 13 – 18 living in West Seattle’s High Point community, a mixed-income HOPE VI redevelopment. YELS utilizes an intensive, cohort based training series as well as community events planned to bring families and youth together to celebrate successes, explore sharing of cultures and histories, to engage families in their children’s experiences, and to teach them techniques to better support skill development at home, and how to guide children academically and with career exploration.

Neighborhood House is looking for a highly motivated Youth and Family Support Assistant to join our dynamic coordinator. In this position you’ll work with children, youth and families from many different cultures and backgrounds. Nearly all come from refugee and immigrant families from Southeast Asia, East Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. All of our kids live below the federal poverty line.

Program Support – Youth and Families
  • Assist in developing and implementing meaningful leadership experiences for youth (13–18 age)
  • Assist the Youth Action Team in developing and implementing community-based activities (minimum of 150 youth participants)
  • Assist in facilitation of multimedia projects (audio, video, social networking, etc.) that provide a platform for youth voices in High Point
  • Conduct outreach targeting youth and parents/guardians in High Point
  • Serve as a member of the Youth Advisory Board
  • Support facilitation of the youth board
  • Build relationships with other agencies and organizations
  • Accompany the coordinator on home visits to build rapport with families.
  • Conduct outreach to families when needed.
  • Support facilitation of the parent board.

Program Support – Volunteers
  • Recruit and train community volunteers.
  • Provide support for on-going communication and recognition.
  • Conduct volunteer outreach for guest speakers.

Program Support – Documentation/Evaluation
  • Assist in collecting participation and outcome data according to program guidelines and schedule.
  • Keep organized files and assist with improving data collection systems.
  • Assist with creation and dissemination of program promotional materials, calendars, and correspondence.
  • Help to survey families and youth participating in events and workshops
  • Help to collect monthly volunteer service logs, surveys and WSC reporting.

Program Support – General
  • Build and maintain positive professional relationships with program and site staff, agency staff at other sites and community partners.
  • Assist with planning monthly events, designing materials, securing speakers, handling other logistics.
  • Assistance with computer skills, internet-based research and project presentations.
  • Assist with events designed to engage parents in programming.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by setting clear boundaries with youth and families, being on time for daily activities, dressing appropriately for the work environment, asking for help when it’s needed, meeting documentation deadlines and keeping a daily service log.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Commitment to serve diverse, low-income youth and families
  • Desire to work with adolescent youth
  • Basic computer skills
  • Positive attitude and resiliency
  • Willingness to comply with established agency performance standards, which require productivity/personal responsibility, client/customer service-orientation and the maintenance of a professional demeanor

  • Experience working with youth
  • Ability to assist with high-school level academic subjects
  • College degree or some post-secondary experience
  • Bilingual skills
  • Experience with low-income and diverse communities

Employment Practice:

AmeriCorps Member Benefits
  • Health Insurance
  • Modest Monthly living stipend of $1,050
  • A $5,350 post-service education award
  • Loan Forbearance
  • Childcare assistance (if eligible)
  • Training and skill building

AmeriCorps Member Requirements
  • 10.5-month term of full time service. Member must serve a MINIMUM of 1700 hours during the term of service.
  • Member may have part-time job or attend school as long as it doesn’t interfere with schedule set at site
  • Attend WSC member training conference during service year.
  • Must be 18-25 years of age at the start of the term.
  • Must have high school diploma, GED or commit to obtaining one during the term of service.
  • Pass criminal background check
  • U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residence