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Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Member full-time position serving with the English as a New Language Preschool

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University of Notre Dame

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Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Member (full-time position, serving with the English as a New Language Preschool)


Notre Dame


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The mission of the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) is to welcome community and Notre Dame partners that strengthen the Northeast Neighborhood of South Bend through relationship building and educational opportunities. By promoting innovation and excellence, the Center builds individual capacity and enhances existing systems throughout South Bend. The work of the RCLC addresses five goals to accomplish this mission: Hospitality, Education, Partnership, Civic Engagement, and Sustainability.

The RCLC Literacy Program aims to improve the literacy skills of low-income, academically struggling youth, Kindergarten through grade six, by providing literacy tutoring for children attending South Bend Community Schools. The RCLC Literacy Program offers a preschool program four days a week for children, ages 3-5, whose parents are enrolled in the RCLC English as a New Language (ENL) classes. This program aims to expand literacy experience for parents and children.

Position Summary:

1. The AmeriCorps member will develop and implement a 4-day-per week ENL language and literacy preschool program in conjunction with the ENL program run by the South Bend Community School Corporation at the RCLC.

2. The AmeriCorps member will assist the Literacy Corps tutoring program, as well as expand outreach to include a wider range of families and children.

Specific Responsibilities include:

Develop and implement the morning early literacy preschool class, four mornings a week. This includes: recruiting participants, curriculum planning, interacting with children, communicating with parents, conducting family literacy activities, and record-keeping.

Help train and recruit CBL students and assistant teachers to work in the preschool. Assist with evaluation and reflection for all volunteers/work study/CBL teachers.

Work with the Family Connection and their PQA system to continue to improve the preschool environment and programming.

Conduct home visits for new families and do twice yearly conferences with families.

Assist in facilitation of the Literacy Corps tutoring program at the ND Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC).

Develop and implement summer programming at the ND Center for Arts and Culture (NDCAC) with the rest of the LitCorps team.

Document activities through photographs and text, and submit information regularly to the RCLC web site and Facebook page.

Oversee and coordinate special projects as requested

Attend weekly RCLC staff meetings.

Attend weekly AmeriCorps meetings/trainings at the RCLC.

AmeriCorps is a national service organization aimed at helping communities meet needs in areas including education by building the capacity of community organizations. AmeriCorps provides funding for the RCLC to engage a total of 10 full-time AmeriCorps members during 2018-2019.

These are considered service positions, rather than traditional “jobs”. Full-Time AmeriCorps members are expected to complete 1700 hours of service by July 31, 2019. The AmeriCorps members will receive a Living Allowance in equal installments throughout the term of service. On completion of 1700 hours of service, members will receive an Education Award.

Full-Time AmeriCorps members will be compensated as follows:

Monthly Living allowance: $1248

Education Award: $5920

Health Insurance Provided

Child Care Assistance (if eligible)

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma required

Additional Qualifications include:

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Interest in education, working with at-risk youth and community development.

Public speaking and the ability to teach/train others.

Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time.

Computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and some on-line systems.

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Flexibility to work in a variety of settings.

Sensitivity, compassion and listening skills required to work with a diverse audience including: RCLC staff, volunteers, fellow AmeriCorps members, Notre Dame and community partners, participants (ranging in age from early childhood through senior citizens), neighborhood residents and families of youth participants.

Preferred Qualifications

High school diploma required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

Bilingual a plus

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Robinson Community Learning Center AmeriCorps Member (full-time position, serving with the English as a New Language Preschool)


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The University of Notre Dame began late on the bitterly cold afternoon of November 26, 1842, when a 28-year-old French priest, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and seven companions, all of them members of the recently established Congregation of Holy Cross, took possession of 524 snow-covered acres that the Bishop of Vincennes had given them in the Indiana mission fields. A man of lively imagination, Father Sorin named his fledgling school in honor of Our Lady, in his native tongue, “L’Université de Notre Dame du Lac” (The University of Our Lady of the Lake). On January 15, 1844, the University was thus officially chartered by the Indiana legislature. Father Sorin’s indomitable will was best demonstrated in April of 1879 when a disastrous fire destroyed the Main Building, which housed virtually the entire University. Saying “If it were ALL gone, I should not give up,” Father Sorin employed 300 workers daily throughout the summer and rebuilt the structure that still stands today, topped by a gleaming Golden Dome

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