About the Host Site:
Boston Adult Technical Academy (BATA) is an alternative high school for mature, motivated students aged 19 to 22. Most of our students are English Language Learners (ELLs) from communities of color and immigrant families. We provide a safe, nurturing, student-centered, and culturally sustaining educational experience that enables young adults to intensively acquire the skills needed to complete their high school degrees while positioning themselves as agents for community change invested in their own postsecondary success. We seek to eliminate school-based barriers to success that often limit choice and opportunity. Our work is deeply rooted in social, racial, and economic justice.
About the Position:
BATA’s alumni mentoring program is soon to begin its pilot year. The AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring (AAOM) will therefore be supporting the design and implementation of a brand new program. This is an exciting opportunity for a self-starter who can both envision the big picture and attend to small-picture details. We seek a creative thinker and agile worker who can adjust strategy midstream and wants to help build something from the ground up. As mentors will themselves be BATA alumni, the AOM should also have a passion for near-peer mentoring that engages one generation of learners to support and guide the next.
The AAOM will:
- Help develop the look and feel of the program
- Ensure that we have the recruitment and matching practices we need
- Take mentor and mentee training to the next level
- Support matches from many different angles during the all-important first mentoring year
- Bring the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring to BATA for good
- Support the brainstorming of new program elements and ideas as requested
- Layout and write copy for collateral materials and be receptive to feedback and revision
- Design and administer stakeholder surveys and assist in analyzing the data they produce
- Research outside services and opportunities that could benefit/strengthen matches
- Ensure matches are in good standing by collecting all forms and tracking meeting frequency
- Propose enriching activities and relationship trajectories for mentors
- Bring in external resources to help mentors support their mentees’ growth in all areas
- Reach out informally and formally to matches and act on their requests or concerns
- Analyze program evaluation data and propose short- and long-term adjustments
- Create a folder of materials for year two to scaffold the running of the program start-to-finish
- Communicate with teachers and facilitate ways for them to support matches
- Host mentor/mentee socials and an end-of-year celebration
- Suggest professional development that builds expertise for program staff
- Commute to monthly corps-wide trainings and events
- Believe in BATA’s mission and, foremost, in BATA’s students
- See alternative high schools not as “last chances” but as valid alternatives to conventional school settings that don’t serve everyone
- Be extremely reflective on matters of race and class and demonstrate culturally responsive youth development ideas and practices
- Conceive of mentoring as a robust part of an educational journey
- Have an appetite for program start-up and work well on a team
- Be open to flexing their schedule when matches need support at irregular times
- Enjoy interacting with people and have a flair for outreach and communication
- Have a flair for project oversight and documentation of multi-step processes
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident
- Be willing to undergo a background check
- Ideally possess a BA/BS or equivalent experience
- Have a passion for volunteerism and community service
For an eleven month, full-time commitment and 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service Fellows receive:
- An annual stipend of $15,100
- A $6,195 educational award upon completion of service
- Graduate certificate in Youth Development and Social Equity from Boston University
- Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
- 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the nonprofit sector
- Healthcare and childcare benefits
- Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
- A nationwide Alumni network
- A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues – with the potential to make lifelong friends!
Please visit https://massmentoringpartnership.quickbase.com/db/bkqwqruv4?a=nwr to apply. More information about the program can be found online at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors including our full list of current open positions. Note that 1 application is required PER organization if you are applying to more than one.
All applications require a resume and cover letter stating how you heard about this opportunity and why you are interested in serving as an Ambassador, either in Word / PDF format and two (2) references.
Our Partnership with MMP:
Mass Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring support mentoring across the Commonwealth to improve positive outcomes for youth by building capacity in key program areas such as mentor recruitment, screening, and training. Projects focus on developing new or strengthening current mentoring programming to serve youth ages 7-24.
Mass Mentoring Partnership and its site partners are equal opportunity employers.
Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities for interview as well as service term.