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We are looking for passionate, resilient, and collaborative people who are committed to serving children and families in the South Ward of Newark NJ. In its first year of implementation, Promise Success is an AmeriCorps-funded program seeking to combat chronic absenteeism and increase student attendance and engagement through the deployment of Promise Mentors in schools. The program is a service year opportunity for recent community college/college graduates, “gap year” students, or passionate individuals who wish to make an impact in the lives of students living in the South Ward of Newark.
For more information about the program, please access HERE.
If interested in applying, please access the application HERE. And for questions or concerns, contact Ester Park at email@example.com. You can also visit our website at https://southwardpromise.org.
About the organization: Promise Success is a K-12 initiative housed within the South Ward Promise Neighborhood (SWPN), a community-based organization, to combat chronic absenteeism (missing 10% or more of school days) and improve school climate by reducing barriers to student achievement and success. In an effort to ensure all South Ward students are physically present in the 2021-2022 school year – and graduate from high school ready for college, career, and beyond – program staff will work closely with families, students, school personnel and community partners.
We are seeking team-oriented and service-minded individuals who share the belief that children growing up in the South Ward of Newark can succeed and thrive in life. The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate who is passionate about service and working with K-8 students.
Position Summary: AmeriCorps members will serve as Promise Mentors (PMs) and will be placed in a SWPN partner school. PMs are school-based and an extension of the school culture team and attendance subcommittee. PMs will conduct individual assessments on chronically absent students to ensure students are provided with targeted interventions and strategies, such as: 1:1 support, group meetings, and home visits. PMs will be an essential part of a school-based team working together to support student achievement and success.
AmeriCorps members will be placed at Achieve Community Charter School or Great Oaks Charter Legacy. AmeriCorps members will report to the Site Supervisor and Program Director, who will conduct midterm and end of term evaluations.
The Promise Mentor (PM) is a school-based position and an extension of the school culture team (i.e., student support and attendance teams). In partnership with SWPN partner schools, The PM will conduct individual assessments on chronically absent students to ensure students are provided with targeted interventions and strategies (i.e., i.e., 1:1 support, group meetings, home visits, etc.). PMs will be a critical part of a school-based team working together to support student achievement and success. Examples of activities include:
- Morning meet and greets
- Calling home and engaging with parents/guardians when students miss school
- Tracking student attendance (daily, weekly, monthly)
- Recognizing and celebrating student success
- Connecting students with after-school clubs and activities
- School attendance campaigns
Other PM responsibilities include:
- Creating attendance success plans and providing service delivery according to tier and attendance category
- Managing data and intake
- Participating in school culture/attendance subcommittee meetings
- Participating in monthly capacity-building and professional development opportunities as indicated by AmeriCorps grant (and school-wide PDs, if necessary)
- Distributing and collecting end of the year/satisfaction surveys
- Planning and executing community volunteerism/service projects, etc
For more information about the program, please access here. .