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AmeriCorps Advocates of Mentoring Program

Company: Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Location: Somerville
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

About AmeriCorps:

is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve mentoring programs across Massachusetts to strengthen their capacity to run robust mentorship programs.

Mission Statement:

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is committed to ensuring that every young person in the state has access to quality mentoring relationships, regardless of who they are or where they live. MMP is a statewide organization that partners with corporate, public and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 370 mentoring and youth-serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people from Boston to Pittsfield.

Host Site Description:

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) goal is to create a world where young people with disabilities will be able to live with dignity and pride in who they are, and to lead self-determined lives filled with purpose. To make this happen, we build the skills and abilities of young people with disabilities, and increase the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities.

Founded in 1985, PYD serves youth ages six to twenty-six with a broad range of disabilities across Massachusetts, with select programming offered nationally. In addition, PYD increases the inclusivity of workplaces, organizations, and communities across the country through coalition building, innovative programs, and supportive services. Since our founding, PYD has grown from one program serving nine youth to an array of award-winning programs, including Mentor Match, Career Readiness, Access to Theater, Youth Leadership Forum, Young Leaders Rising, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, and the National Career Readiness Academy. We empower more than 500 youth with disabilities each year and have trained more than 10,000 people from over 300 organization in inclusion best practices.

Position Description:

AmeriCorps Ambassadors will complete a year of service from August 2022-June 2023, where they will be placed at a partner organization to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and organizations in the areas of match support; marketing and mentor recruitment; mentor/mentee/parent training; and program development, evaluation and start up.

All AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring will focus on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other Corps members to complete a community service project, participate in service on MLK Day, attend BU seminars focused on professional development and transformation leadership. AmeriCorps members will spend the majority of their time serving at their host site (see list of possible organizations here) and also meet regularly with the MMP Corps so as to feel connected to one another, participate in learning opportunities and grow professionally.

At PYD, the AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring will serve our one-to-one mentoring program by assisting in recruitment of volunteers, supporting a caseload of matches, and assisting in marketing of the program as well as with our National Disability Mentoring Coalition. They will be responsible for implementing PYD's community engagement strategy and supporting the administrative functions necessary to ensure effective youth and volunteer recruitment, intake, and enrollment. The AmeriCorps Ambassador will help build capacity within our pipeline of prospective volunteers, training new volunteers to be effective in their role, and supporting the ongoing cultivation of PYD volunteers to ensure an excellent community experience and retention in PYD programming.

Basic Requirements:

  • Passion for working with diverse youth and families
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Flexible schedule/Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends
  • Motivation and aptitude for networking and outreach
  • Committed to actively recruiting, selecting, on-boarding, and managing mentors
  • Ability to plan, execute, and document site-based group activities and off-site field trips
  • Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor!

    Additional Skills:
    • Experience/skill in effective group behavior management preferred
    • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google applications
    • Interest or experience in transformational leadership models
    • Bilingual skill in ASL, Spanish, Haitian Creole or Mandarin
    • Experience in the fields of health or human services, education, social work, vocational rehabilitation, psychology or other related fields
    • Experience with community engagement with motivation and aptitude for networking/outreach
    • Experience with universal design learning, disability inclusion training, mentorship programming, or vocational rehabilitation curriculum
    • Experience with marketing including material design, blogging, and social media management
    • Experience with data management, and familiarity with Salesforce or an equivalent database

      AmeriCorps Service Requirements:
      • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member
      • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service
      • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
      • Complete as a team one community service project to benefit the field of mentoring
      • Commute to all Corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
      • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
      • Complete all professional development requirements

        General Qualifications
        • BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience
        • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
        • A passion for volunteerism and community service
        • A passion for working with youth with disabilities, and an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of PYD
        • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations, and communities
        • Strong writing and editing skills
        • Some experience with marketing - material design, blogging, and social media preferred
        • Public speaking
        • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
        • Excellent organizational and communication skills
        • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
        • Proven leadership and project management abilities
        • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
        • Positive attitude

          To Apply:

          If you are interested in applying please express your interest on our online portal .

          Applications Submitted Other Than Through The

          More information about the program can be found on our webpage at including a list of past partners and/or members.

          Full Applications will require a resume that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the Ambassador of Mentoring position, and a cover letter or a video stating how you heard about this opportunity and why you are interested in serving as an Ambassador (either in Word, PDF format, or short video and a list of 2 references.

          MMP is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment which prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons. MMP affirms its commitment to provide a welcoming and respectful work and educational environment, in which all individuals within the organization benefit from each other's experiences and foster mutual respect and appreciation of divergent views. MMP will not be tolerant of conduct which violates rights guaranteed by the law and prohibits discrimination on the basis

          of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. Furthermore, MMP includes prohibitions of harassment of employees, i.e., racial harassment, sexual harassment, and retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.

          All acceptances are contingent upon CNCS funding appropriation and a successful background check.

          For more information or questions:

          Contact Rosie McMahan, AAoM Program Manager, at

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