Get Things Done! True North AmeriCorpswww.truenorthamericorps.org
AgendaInformation and Screening Session • AmeriCorps Overview • True North Overview • Service Requirements • Professional Development • Member Benefits • Application Process • Questions
What is AmeriCorps?AmeriCorps is… The “Domestic Peace Corps” Federally funded volunteerism A national service opportunity A well trained corps of committed individuals A powerful asset to nonprofits and communities A life changing experience for those who serve
True North OverviewTrue North Positions Sizes 65 Full Time Members 17 Part Time Members 8 Minimum Time MembersMinimum Qualifications At least 18 years of age U.S. Citizens, nationals, or lawful resident aliens. Verify that they have a high school diploma or GED equivalent Interest in National Service and a commitment to serve the entire year of service. TNAC’s service year runs from August 16 – August 15
True North Overview The mission of True North AmeriCorps (TNAC) is to support on-time graduation, ensuring that youth are prepared for academic, civic, and economic success. *********** Members serve 4th – 6th grade students with identified risk factors in attendance, behavior and core subject area performance.
True North Overview What Do Members Do? Full-time TNAC members willcoordinate interventions for at least 30 (20 for part-time)identified youth that promote school engagement and academic success with the support of a Youth Success Team and a School and Community Partnership.
True North Overview What Do Members Do? Attendance Tracking and Incentives Behavior Planning and Re-Engagement Small group Reading and Math Activities Create Opportunities for Service Learning Engage the Whole Family Mobilize and Place Volunteers Connect Youth to Out of School Time and Summer Programming Member Service Requirements
Professional Development Corps DaysMandatory Training Orientation Session (Aug. 20 from 10am – 4pm) Retreat at Camp Miller (August 27-29, 2012) Daylong Trainings (Provided by TNAC) Additional Trainings (Provided by Site)Optional Events National AmeriCorps Week End of Year Celebration Day of Remembrance Optional Trainings
Member Benefits Living Stipend •Received on the 15th and last day of the month •It is taxed •Government benefits may be affected Educational Award •Taxed as you use it •You have 7 years to use it •Members 55 and older can transfer award to a child, grandchild, foster child Student Loan Forbearance (qualifying loans) Health/Dental Insurance (FT members who qualify) Childcare Assistance (FT members who qualify) Reasonable Accommodation Upon Request Duluth YMCA Membership
Application Process Start The Year Off Right Step 1: Apply Online - Two Professional References needed Step 2: Phone ScreeningStep 3: Information and Screening Session Step 4: Host Site Interview (up to five) Step 5: Offer Made Contact Program Staff - Contingent on the results from finger print background check Step 6: Background Check - True North will pay for the cost and help set appointments. Step 7: Documentation and Orientation - Passport (not expired) or certified birth certificate and driver’s license (not expired) - Orientation: August 20 from 10am – 4pm in Duluth Step 8: Start Your Service (August 16)
Questions?Please Note Inform Program Staff if you withdraw from the process Process is not closed until all positions are filledQuestions to Think About What happens if you decide to take a paying job in the middle of the service year? What if True North is not the right AmeriCorps program for you? • Reading Corps/Math Corps • www.serveminnesota.org • www.americorps.govIndividual Question and Answer