NC Afterschool Corps
Since 2003, more than 230 individuals have served with the North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program, building the capacity of programs that fight poverty and strengthening partnerships between colleges and communities. Is our new NC Afterschool Corps program (2017 - 2020) right for you?
Are you an active citizen who cares about the greater good?
Are you seeking skills & experience in non-profit management or higher education community engagement?
Are you ready to improve afterschool programs and help kids develop their "I CAN" mindset?
Then YOU could be a member of the NC Afterschool Corps! APPLY NOW
(Please note: Like all AmeriCorps positions, this position is contingent on available federal funding. North Carolina Campus Compact is currently submitting a grant application to secure these positions; we expect that application will be successful. The agency that funds AmeriCorps is also subject to the federal budget process, and we are hopeful Congress will continue its long-standing, bi-partisan support of the AmeriCorps VISTA program.)
What is the NC Afterschool Corps?
The NC Afterschool Corps is a team of individuals who serve full-time for 1 year with a college or community-based organization to build the capacity of afterschool programs that serve low-income children and families. Corps members primarily work to increase volunteer involvement with and funding for the afterschool program. They also help integrate a Design for Change unit into the afterschool curriculum, and they raise community awareness of the value of afterschool by planning a "Lights on Afterschool" event. A project of North Carolina Campus Compact, all Afterschool Corps members are also members of AmeriCorps VISTA.
What is North Carolina Campus Compact?
NC Campus Compact is a network of colleges and universities that are committed to educating active citizens and strengthening local communities. The network provides information, resources, and professional development to help member schools build the "engaged campus," where student learning is connected to community life. Founded in NC in 2002, we are the state affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, and our main office is hosted by Elon University. Our AmeriCorps VISTA program is one of the ways we help strengthen campus-community partnerships, improve communities, and create opportunities for community-based learning and service. More info
What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that allows citizens to serve full-time for one year to build the capacity of non-profit organizations and programs that fight poverty. VISTA stands for "Volunteers in Service to America." VISTA is administered by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Each year, about 8,000 individuals serve through VISTA with host organizations across the country. More info
Why should I join the NC Afterschool Corps?
Because you care about educational inequity and creating opportunities for kids. Because you like volunteering and working with college students. Because you had fun being part of an afterschool or summer learning program. Because you are interested in "design-thinking" or adolescent development. Because you are looking for an intensive year-long service experience that will let you develop professional skills. Because high-quality afterschool programs make a big difference for kids and families, and you want to make a difference!
Your primary work will involve organizational and program development, especially improving volunteer recruitment, resource development (fundraising and grant-writing), curriculum enhancement, and event management. VISTAs members do not provide "direct service," so you will not have a role working directly with children as a afterschool caregiver or teacher.
What skills and qualifications do I need?
*Several host sites are especially interested in candidates who are bilingual Spanish/English speakers!*
Applicants should have a passion for the VISTA mission of fighting poverty and for the goals of the NC Afterschool Corps. Ideal candidates will have experience in afterschool settings or with youth development programs, past leadership in college campus service programs, and interests in volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and design-thinking. Qualified applicants should have strong oral and written communication, networking, and organizational skills. Other qualifications include:
What benefits do Corps members receive?
Our Corps members receive the same benefits as other AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in NC:
Our Corps members also have access to a professional development fund, are connected to our network of more than 200 VISTA alumni, and may accept housing assistance provided by the host site. Learn more about VISTA benefits.
How do I apply?
How are NC Afterschool Corps members selected?
Selection is a competitive process. Once you have submitted your application through the AmeriCorps portal it is forwarded to NC Campus Compact. NC Campus Compact contacts qualified candidates to request a résumé and supplemental info, then we conduct screening interviews with selected applicants. Strong candidates are invited to a second round of interviews with host site supervisors whose projects may match the candidate's skills and interests. A candidate's application may be reviewed by multiple host sites. If selected, candidates receive an offer to serve at a particular host site, and you will have a choice to accept the offer. If you accept, we'll begin the on-boarding and orientation process.
When does the term of service begin/ end?
All Corps members must attend a required Pre-Service Orientation July 17-20. The first day of service is July 21, 2017 and members will serve a 1-year term ending July 20, 2018. (Please note: these dates are still tentative and will be confirmed before final selection.)
What hours will I work?
NC Afterschool Corps members work full-time, approximately 40 hours/week. You will typically work the same hours as other staff at your host site, though you may work occasional weekends or evenings depending on the project. AmeriCorps VISTA does provide for 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave during the service year, and you will typically receive the same holidays as other organization staff.
Where will I serve?
We expect to have 16 NC Afterschool Corps members serving with organizations across the state. In most cases, a Corps member will be the only member at their agency. Host site organizations may be either a college or university or a community-based non-profit agency. During the interview process you may express your preference for a particular host site, but we cannot guarantee placement at a requested site. You will have the option to accept or decline an offer to serve at a site.
Do host sites offer housing?
Host sites are asked to offer some form of housing assistance, either by arranging low-cost or no-cost housing for the Corps member or providing a monthly housing supplement directly to a landlord or rental agency.
Where can I learn more?
For more information, please contact VISTA Program Coordinator or call 336-278-7278.