Title AmeriCorps Member 2022-2023
Organization Creative Action
Closing Date
Location Austin, TX
Information

Position: AmeriCorps Member 2022-2023
Reports to: Site Coordinator and AmeriCorps Program Director

WHO WE ARE
Creative Action is a nationally-recognized youth arts education organization in Austin, Texas. As the largest provider of creative learning programs in Central Texas, we use the arts as a medium to inspire creativity, unlock potential, and transform the lives of students of all ages. Through interactive classroom performances, after school residencies, and community-based programs, our team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers and confident leaders in their communities.

Since 2003, Creative Action has provided high-quality after school and camp programming, also called “out-of-school time,” to tens of thousands of Central Texas youth in six area school districts. Through hands-on, arts-based projects, our out-of-school time programs combine arts, social and emotional learning, and social justice education for positive youth development. Creative Action’s highly engaging and dynamic classes include theater arts, digital media and filmmaking, and visual arts. To learn more about Creative Action please visit creativeaction.org

SERVE WITH US
We are looking for individuals who are artists/makers/creatives/educators who feel comfortable teaching or developing their professional youth educator and/or community facilitator role and using arts as a medium to teach and inspire.

COMMUNITY NEED ADDRESSED /POSITION OUTCOMES
Youth and families in Central Texas have a critical need for affordable, accessible, high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs (also known as Out-of-School Time or “OST” program) that help young people to be safe, supported and school-ready. However, current afterschool and summer enrichment programs are not sufficient to meet the need among youth, families, and schools. Federal afterschool funding in Austin has continued to dwindle since 2015, while demand for afterschool care among working families far exceeds existing programs (Austin ISD ACE, 2021). Additionally, low-income students and students of color in Central Texas are more likely to experience chronic absenteeism, not graduate in four years, and drop out, highlighting systemic inequities and achievement gaps (E3 Alliance, 2021).

Creative Action’s OST programs address these critical needs by providing access to free and affordable, arts-based afterschool programs for 2,000+ youth in grades PreK-8th on 35+ campuses every year, as well as 8 weeks of summer learning programs. 75%+ of the youth we serve attend Title I, low-income schools or come from low-income families. Some classes take place as part of an existing afterschool program on campus, and at 12 schools we run a comprehensive Creative Action Afterschool program ourselves.

ROLE DESCRIPTION
As an AmeriCorps member with Creative Action, you will participate in program preparation and logistics, professional development, and will serve at one of our K-5th grade after school sites each calendar school day (Monday-Friday). When Austin Independent School District (ISD) schools are closed, you will participate in professional development and/or service learning activities that support our work in the community.

Specific Duties Include:

Collaborate with Teaching Artists during enrichment classes, providing additional one-on-one support to youth
Lead groups of students during snack, recess, homework help, and other non-class time activities
Provide assistance with administrative duties, such as licensing requirements, program supplies, and data collection/management
Design and implement youth-led service learning projects and lessons
Lead family engagement activities, including weekly communications with families and planning family events
Serve as key support for our programming as a campus liaison, and manage campus stewardship/outreach activities with supervision from Site Coordinator
Support curriculum and project development as needed, guided by the Teaching Artists and Site Coordinator
Participate in and/or lead community service events throughout Greater Austin
Research and present two Presentations of Learning to staff
Complete required Creative Action AmeriCorps program data and evaluations including but not limited to monthly reports, timesheets, and youth attendance trackers

AmeriCorps members are required to wear the AmeriCorps logo during hours of service.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
Learn or expand public speaking skills
Develop and execute events and/or projects
Leading and facilitating groups of learners
Frequent professional development opportunities around youth development, non-profit/career development, curriculum development and instruction, and social justice.
Receive mentorship from professional creatives, non-profit professionals, and peers.
Join a creative and artistic community within Austin, Texas

In the event of a local, state, or federal disaster declaration, AmeriCorps members may be asked on a volunteer basis or be required by OneStar to activate to assist in disaster response and recovery activities within their communities. This may involve virtual service opportunities or in-person service opportunities. This may include service opportunities outside of the member’s standard service hours or in place of their standard service duties. In the event of a large-scale, high needs local, state, or federal disaster, AmeriCorps members may voluntarily or be required by OneStar to deploy to an area outside of their service area to assist in disaster response and recovery activities.

QUALIFICATIONS
Have a high school diploma or GED
Be able to pass a background check by program start date
Be a U.S. citizen, or U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the United States
Have a commitment to community service and the ability to serve for the complete program year: September 1st, 2022-August 12th, 2023
Additional preferred skills:
Knowledge of virtual and electronic communication tools.
Proficiency with Google Suite (Google Slides, Drive, Sheets, and Docs).
Familiarity with youth development, and experience working with groups of elementary or middle school youth in academic or non-academic settings preferred.

MEMBER BENEFITS, COMPENSATION, and HOURS
Full-time (year-round) members are required to accumulate 1,700 hours and complete the full term of the service period of September 1, 2022- August 12, 2023. With occasional Saturday and evening events. You will receive the following:

A Taxable Living Stipend of up to:
First-time members (AmeriCorps Member) $26,400;
Second-year returning members (AmeriCorps Leader) $28,200;
Third-year and beyond returning members (AmeriCorps Senior Leader) $30,000
*Plus: gas and cell phone stipend of $150 per month of service
Full-time members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $6,495 to pay for education and training costs or to repay qualified student loans upon successful completion of AmeriCorps term of service.
Optional health insurance coverage
Access to an employee assistance program that includes free short-term counseling, financial/legal services, referrals to resources, etc.
Student loan forbearance for qualified student loans
Non-monetary benefits:
+150 hours of professional development trainings
On-going support and coaching from experienced educators and non-profit leaders
Access to the Austin AmeriCorps’ Housing Network and Housing Guide

TO APPLY
Take some time to familiarize yourself with our organization, what we do, and what we believe in. If this seems like a community you’d like to be a part of, submit your resume and cover letter. Positions begin September 1. Service members are strongly encouraged to attend our new staff on-boarding and program preparation from August 1st, 2022 if in the Austin Area.

Creative Action believes in diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging, and this core set of values is reflected across every department and community in which we serve. We are committed to and focused on anti-racism and anti-oppression, and fold this into our organizational foundation. We believe deeply that diversity and differences are what make us an innovative, compassionate, and forward thinking organization.

We strongly encourage individuals to apply who identify as LGTBQIA+, bilingual, Black, Brown, Indigenous and/or people of color.

We provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service for any and all individuals with a permanent or temporary disability.

Website https://www.creativeaction.org