Become an AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring
The AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring (AAOMs) are AmeriCorps members who are placed at mentoring programs and youth-serving organizations statewide to help strengthen programs in the areas of match support, program development, marketing, strategic planning and mentor/mentee recruitment, mentor/mentee or parent training and curriculum development, and program development and start-up. AAOMs work on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other corps members to complete statewide community service projects that benefit the field of mentoring in Massachusetts. Since 2008, 175 AAOMs have served through 64 mentoring agencies with an average of 1,500 volunteer inquiries that resulted in an average of 379 mentors matched each year. AAOMs have reached more than 10,000 youth through nearly 35,000 hours of service.
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AmeriCorps Service Requirements - Ambassadors must:
- Be able to complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
- Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
- Satisfactorily complete host site service project
- Complete at least two collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
- Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
- Must be able to commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. Responsibilities include attending a four hour pre-orientation session in July, one week-long orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Boston, MA
- Maintain a service portfolio
- Must be able to effectively manage time and meet competing demands
- Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract
As compensation, Ambassadors receive:
- A $5,935 educational award upon completion of service
- A bi-weekly pre-taxed stipend every month
- Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
- Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
- 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
- Free health care coverage
- Childcare vouchers
- Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
- A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues - with the potential to make lifelong friends!
Are You Ready to Make a Difference?
We are now recruiting for the 2019-2020 service year!
2019 - 2020 Open Host Site Full Year Positions:
Boston Youth Wrestling - Capacity Building Ambassador
The proposed capacity building project will task the Ambassador with implementing and maintaining the M.A.T Program. This project will require the Ambassador to develop the organizational systems for outreach of potential recruits, developing the orientation and intake of approved volunteers, and creating the systems for matching mentors and mentees, as well as ongoing support for matches. This type of work will require taking on a leadership role in the design and implementation of these systems. Although this will be challenging work, we believe our organization’s mission and the passion our staff have for serving our students will motivate the Ambassador to reach their full potential to accomplish the goals of the program scope and outcomes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay - Mentor2.0 Program Ambassador
BBBSMB’s Mentor2.0 Mentoring Ambassador is a one year of service position, beginning on August 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The Ambassador will play a significant role as we expand our Mentor2.0 program in its third year. The Ambassador will serve as point person in our Mentor2.0 program which is designed to improve the high school graduation and college success of teens in a Boston Public High School. The Ambassador will partner with our Community Engagement Team to recruit and enroll volunteers into the program as well as provide ongoing support and training to the mentor/mentee relationships. They will also work with the program coordinator to roll out the curriculum through weekly classes and monthly events. The Ambassador will also be a key contributor in the documentation of program best practices.
BUILD - Community Engagement Coordinator
BUILD relies heavily on the support of its team of dedicated mentors. These are the adults who have the most contact with and the greatest impact on our students. BUILD Boston partners with seven of Boston’s Public Schools. As such, capacity building around our mentoring program is vital to the growth and success of our operation. BUILD mentors volunteer two hours each week throughout the school year (October – June), helping our students develop and run small businesses, while providing personal support and development. Our mentor program is made up of co-mentors working together with a team of four to six students. Next year, we are planning to serve 450-500 students in our seven partner schools. Therefore, one of our project goals is to recruit/retain 170 mentors.
Boston Partners in Education - Branding and Engagement Coordinator
Boston Partners in Education (Boston Partners) is seeking an Ambassador of Mentoring to serve as the Branding and Engagement Coordinator for 2019-2020.The Ambassador’s primary goals will be to review and recommend suggestions for our teacher marketing, towards mentee recruitment, strengthening our partnerships with teachers and schools, allowing us to better communicate what we do and recruit more student mentees. The Ambassador will also continue to build our capacity in community outreach and mentor recruitment. Finally, the Ambassador will continue the work from 2018/2019 to build upon our volunteer engagement strategies and increase our match support capacity.
Budget Buddies: GIRL’S LIFE – Program Coordinator
Budget Buddies: Girl’s LIFE (Learning Independence through Financial Education) is designed to apply our award-winning financial literacy and empowerment curriculum to a teen audience. Teaching young women core financial principals when they are on the cusp of independent financial lives is essential to the full economic empowerment for women in adulthood. Girl’s LIFE is a program that combines instructional workshops and one-to-one mentoring for young women, ages 15-20. The AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring will be our Girl’s LIFE Program Coordinator as we enter the second year of our program. Building on success from our pilot year, the Girl’s LIFE Program Coordinator will 1) recruit and train mentors; 2) support matches between mentors and teens; 3) assist with the facilitation of the workshops; 4) find new youth serving agencies to partner with; 5) incorporate updates from our pilot program into the current curriculum; and 6) evaluate our second-year programs and suggest additional changes.
Enroot - The Program Associate
The Program Associate will play a key role in leading the Explore Cohort, which serves our students with the lowest level of English-language proficiency, all newly arrive in the community. Working closely with the Program Manager and the Enroot team as a whole, they will lead the Cambridge and Somerville mentoring programs component and support the sites through data management, marketing, and co-facilitation of the weekly seminar. This position offers a meaningful opportunity to lead major program components at a growing nonprofit, build professional skills and experience with a supportive team, and work directly with immigrant high school students.
Girls Incorporated of Lynn
The Ambassador of Mentoring will oversee the Bold Futures middle school group mentoring program for girls in grades six through eight. The mentoring program is a component of the larger after-school program, Odyssey. The purpose of the middle school group mentoring program is to improve girls’ attitude towards school, to increase girls’ social and emotional competencies and to provide the mentees with support from positive role models. Responsibilities will include mentor recruitment, orientation and training, providing daily match support as well as improving current match support systems, acquiring and maintaining program supplies, planning and carrying out mentoring events, delivering structured enrichment programming, and assisting in the daily implementation of the Odyssey after-school program.
Mill City Mentors
The Mill City Mentors AmeriCorps Ambassador should have strong communication skills, the ability to be flexible and creative, and be energetic about promoting and growing the Mill City Mentors Program. The Mill City Mentors AmeriCorps Ambassador will be focusing on the following areas: Support the marketing and recruitment of volunteer mentors to meet mentee demand by actively participate in community events to promote and recruit diverse mentors, maintain volunteer postings, conduct outreach, and assist in the creation of recruitment materials and social media postings; Coordinate the creation of needed marketing materials for distribution and social media; Assist in the effort to increase diversity within our volunteer applicants, participate in the strategic planning for recruiting a more diverse volunteer base, assist with the implementation of strategic marketing and outreach.
Partners for Youths with Disabilities - Recruitment and Retention Specialist
The main components of this project include: supporting the recruitment of mentees who could benefit from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Disability Mentoring Initiative; supporting the recruitment of a diverse pool of mentors; and enhancing match support resources and mentee training. The AAOM would support mentee recruitment through building new and deepening existing relationships with community based organizations. The AAOM would lead mentor recruitment efforts which includes attending recruitment fairs, developing recruitment materials and analyzing results. The AAOM would also contribute to the marketing team and provide resources through our e-newsletter and mentor support group on Facebook.
Reader to Reader – Program Coordinator
Reader to Reader is seeking candidates for a full-time AmeriCorps service position for August 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The successful candidate will serve as a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring, helping Reader to Reader expand its capacity to provide the best possible mentoring experience to students for the upcoming academic year and beyond. The position is focused on mentor recruitment, training, and support for the 2019-2020 academic year. Be a part of a welcoming, supportive team and help underprivileged youth discover a love of reading and learning!
Sociedad Latina - Mentores en Acción Coordinator
The goal of our Mentores en Acción program is to support Latino youth through high school and prepare them for college and workplace success. We achieve this goal by pairing youth with Success Mentors who provide personal, academic, and career exploration support in 9th-12th grades and in the first year of college. In 2019-20, the Ambassador of Mentoring will capitalize on these efforts by maintaining current matches and recruiting a greater number of young professional mentors of color to support our Escalera college and career readiness programming. The aAOM will also be responsible for training mentors around best practices for supporting English Learners and providing support in college and career readiness; and creating opportunities for mentoring matches to build relationships outside of the classroom and explore their cultural identity, such as field trips to cultural institutions, and higher education and career exploration activities.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell - Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator
Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator will: Review and assess the existing Mentoring Program plan; Research effective mentoring programs and strategies and propose changes based on the Elements of Effective Practices of Mentoring; Assess and revise current training materials for mentors and mentees; Create an onboarding and orientation system and supplemental materials for training new mentors; Create a sign-up sheet for youth interested in the Mentoring Program; Plan and implement recruitment events for both mentors and mentees at the Club; Research and implement a matching system to help pair mentors with mentees and improve the longevity of the relationship; Provide ongoing training and support for all mentors; Supervise and observe mentor-mentee meetings which will take place at the Club; Create mentor recruitment materials to be distributed throughout the Greater Lowell community; Utilize the Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Technical Assistance Project; Develop a well-documented and concrete plan to be instilled at the organization for years to come; Attend weekly Youth Services meetings at the Club; Collaborate closely with the Volunteer Manager and Youth Services Manager
Simmons University - The Simmons Alumnae/i ALANA Mentoring Program – Program Coordinator
The Simmons Alumnae/i ALANA Mentoring (SAAM) Program is a mentoring program whose purpose is to build and foster meaningful and structured interactions between Simmons alumnae and ALANA (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American) students. Through these connections, mentees receive support, guidance, and resources to navigate their undergraduate experience. Students elect into the program starting in their junior year, and can remain in the project through graduation.
Silver Lining - Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) is seeking an AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring to join our team as the Diversity Outreach Coordinator to achieve two key objectives: increase diversity in mentor recruitment and grow capacity in the organization’s management of mentor applicants. Strong candidates will be motivated to learn about the child welfare system and youth impacted by the system. The Diversity Outreach Coordinator will add to and implement an outreach plan to increase diversity of mentor applicants to more closely reflect the diversity of youth served and their preferences. In particular, the Coordinator will work to recruit mentors with identities requested by youth served, including: male mentors, mentors of color, and mentors with experience in foster care or care outside their original home.
The Muriel S. Snowden International School at Copley – Mentoring Program Coordinator
The Mentoring Program Coordinator will complete the following: Support the recruitment and training for staff and volunteer mentors; Build partnerships with community organizations and businesses in the Back Bay/Copley Square neighborhood; Work with Snowden staff to identify students, recruit them in to the program and match them with potential mentors; Coordinator will participate in weekly meetings with teachers to identify students who will receive mentoring as an intervention; Provide ongoing match support to make sure that students and mentors are connecting regularly; Manage All Here database that documents meetings and phone calls between mentors and mentees.
The Haven Project – Volunteer Mentor Coordinator
The Haven Project is in the third year of developing a mentorship program unique to the needs of its target population – unstable homeless young adults in need of safe adult relationships. The Volunteer Mentor Coordinator will partner with Drop in Center staff and volunteers to maintain the momentum of this program while developing it further. The Volunteer Mentor Coordinator will support the design and development of the existing group mentoring opportunities and continue piloting one-to-one mentorship matches. They will support recruitment and training of sufficient volunteers to effectively maintain, as well as recruitment of mentees through outreach and connection with clients in the Drop in Center program. The project requires coordination of the creation of needed forms, written policies and procedures, as well as a volunteer handbook, among other peripheral hands-on and administrative tasks.
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
The Ambassador of Mentoring (AOM) will be focused on stewarding our volunteers through management, planning and facilitation of monthly Big For A Day (BFAD) programming and other opportunities. Our Big for a Day (BFAD) program offers volunteers who are in the process of becoming Big Sisters, or who are unable to make the commitment to be a Big Sister and the Little Sisters on our waitlist the opportunity to participate in fun activities together. This position requires someone who can commit to at least one weekend day per month upon which program activities are held, in addition to regular work week responsibilities. The following description outlines the goals and outcomes that this position is expected to achieve. The AOM will: 1) coordinate direct implementation of the BFAD program, including enrolling, training and stewarding volunteers; providing high quality customer service to corporate and community partners and to families. Also, develop and document the protocols to transition women and corporate/community partners from BFAD into longer-term one-to-one programs and into other opportunities that support the organization’s priorities, including recruitment, marketing, fund development, and program supports, and 2) develop and document the database migration to Salesforce to create systems to streamline processes.
Steps to Success
The AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring will complete the following: Support the recruitment and training of sufficient volunteer mentors to meet student need and demand; Actively participate in recruitment fairs, maintain volunteer postings, conduct outreach; Assist in the creation of recruitment materials and social media postings; Assist in the effort to develop impactful mentor/mentee matches; Participate in pre-mentor interviews and orientation of new mentors and mentees to ensure they are prepared; Support the creation of mentor/mentee matches; Monitor mentors/mentee matches through periodic check-ins; Provide mentor/mentee opportunities for networking and appreciation; Coordinate the creation of needed forms, written policies, a volunteer handbook, and a volunteer manual; With staff, identify literature gaps and needs for a cohesive volunteer experience; Draft and edit forms, policies, handbook, and manual; Have the data to inform program improvement year to year; Ensure the mentor log and notes on matches are kept up to date; Conduct informal check-ins, formal check-in, and end of year survey with mentors/mentees to obtain program feedback.
The AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring (AAOM) will take the lead on screening and reaching out to our pool of prospective mentors, but he/she will also work with our Executive Director (ED) in identifying and recruiting new mentors. A majority of our recruitment efforts are conducted by word of mouth, social media, and from supporters that have attended past events. The AAOM would support us by streamlining the recruitment efforts and building a system to ensure a proper level of engagement and retention of volunteers. The AAOM will be expected to present at community events, corporate events, and strategically leverage our database to recruit mentors. Additionally, the AAOM will be serving in a leadership capacity. The AAOM will be integrated into the larger culture of the organization by working with program staff, participants and volunteers. They will report, be supervised and supported by the ED.
Ready for an amazing year? Apply today.
For more information, contact Tom McGee, AOM Program Manager, at email@example.com or 617.695.2473.
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. All position acceptances are contingent upon a successful background check.