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AmeriCorps Positions with Oregon Campus Compact's Retention Project

Oregon Campus Compact is currently recruiting for 10 AmeriCorps positions through our program, the AmeriCorps Retention Project. The Retention Project is a college-based mentoring program that utilizes service-learning to improve retention and academic advancement rates of first-generation college students and first-generation college-bound students. AmeriCorps members and college student volunteers will engage in service-learning (mentoring and service projects) with first-generation, college-bound students. As a result, both college and college-bound students will strengthen their commitment to their own education, will stay in school, and will advance in their academic careers.


The Retention Project AmeriCorps Members will:


Work with college faculty and staff to recruit and train college students to serve as mentors to first-generation and non-traditional college students and/or college-bound students in elementary, junior high, and high school, coordinate service-learning projects, develop long-term sustainable partnerships between colleges and schools/non-profit organizations, directly mentor youth from elementary through college freshmen to eliminate the barriers to academic advancement.


Possible tasks to reach these goals could include helping students prepare for standardized test taking, complete and integrate service-learning into senior culminating projects, develop a culture of service and civic responsibility, educate students about postsecondary education opportunities and entrance requirements, model success, and participate in and facilitate service-learning reflection activities.


Oregon Campus Compact is excited to partner with Washington Campus Compact and institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to support college access and success efforts by creating a pipeline to higher education.


Oregon Retention Project placement sites include:


Chemeketa Community College. Salem, OR., Concordia University. Portland, OR., George Fox University. Newberg, OR., Oregon State University, College Assistance Migrants Program and Casa Latina/o. Corvallis, OR., The Portland Leadership Foundation. Portland, OR., The Portland Schools Foundation. Portland, OR., Portland State University, Women's Resource Center. Portland, OR., Southern Oregon University, Student Success Initiatives. Ashland, OR., Warner Pacific College. Portland, OR.


Qualifications: AA or BA/BS degree preferred. Enrollment in Electronic Funds Transfer to receive bimonthly stipend. Ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds. Strong organization, problem-solving and written and oral communication skills. Basic office computer skills, including word processing. Experience with spreadsheets/databases and desktop publishing preferred. Enthusiasm and self-direction.


Benefits: Living Stipend of $12,000 (distributed over 11 months). Loan Forbearance and Interest Accrual Reimbursement on qualifying loans. Medical Insurance. Education Award of $5,350 upon successful completion of the program. Childcare assistance for qualifying members. Excellent experience in the service-learning field


Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Please visit: http://www.oregoncampuscompact.org/RetentionRecruitment.htm for more information regarding the Retention Project.