Want to get involved with AmeriCorps? Here are the positions that are available. AmeriCorps positions are contingent on continued funding from the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for the National and Community Service.
School Turnaround Initiative
Student Support Specialists (900 hours)
Student support specialists are trained AmeriCorps members who provide school counseling, academic coaching and support, and social-emotional reinforcement to Springfield students. They do so by providing direct interventions and identifying resources to address risk factors that lead to dropping out, including low attendance, behavioral problems, and course failure in English and math. Responsibilities will vary based on member experience and the needs of the school. Their goals include fostering academic success and supporting college and career awareness and preparation.
Leader in Academics, Community Engagement, and Service (LACES) Academic Coach (900 hours)
The LACES coach works with student-athletes. The coach provides academic support through weekly study halls; monitors attendance, grades, and behavior; and builds trusting relationships. Since the LACES coach is a designated "Student Support Specialist" position, select, "Student Support Specialist" on our application, then explain why you are applying for this position within the supplemental questions.
Massachusetts Reading Corps
Literacy Tutors (900 hours/1,700 hours)
As part of the Massachusetts Reading Corps, Literacy Tutors are embedded into classrooms of children ages 3 to 5 in private or public PreK programs in Springfield to develop children’s early literacy skills in preparation for Kindergarten. Tutors are trained in research‐based early literacy strategies and collaborate with the classroom teaching staff to enhance daily literacy opportunities and conduct literacy assessments to increase the number of children on target with early reading predictors. Members provide intentional, meaningful, and fun literacy instruction and support during all parts of the day in a one‐on‐one and/or small group setting using scripted early literacy interventions focusing on the “Big Five Emergent Literacy Skills” that give children the opportunity to talk, read, write and play every day.