The Duke University NC LiteracyCorps is a statewide consortium of AmeriCorps members working to build the capacity and impact of community and campus-based literacy programs. Members will provide direct service and/or capacity-building support to local education nonprofits and schools in Durham, Wake, Buncombe, and Mecklenburg Counties.
The mission of the NC LiteracyCorps is to increase opportunities for North Carolina children and adults through tutoring, small group teaching, classroom assistance, and capacity-building activities that strengthen an organization’s abilities to increase reach and impact. NC LiteracyCorps members will work alongside education professionals to increase the academic achievement, English skills, High School completion, or access to education and community resources in five counties across the state.
Nine full time, 11 month positions will be available beginning September 1, 2020. Members will receive a living allowance of up to $25,500 and benefits over the 11 month period and an education award (if eligible) at the end of the service year. Service schedules will be determined by local sites.
Interested applicants must apply through both the AmeriCorps portal and Duke Human Resources.
HELPS Education Fund | Triangle Area, NC
With a focus on improving educational equity and promoting a more just society, Helps Education Fund provides evidence-based programs and services that are free or low-cost and meaningfully advance student learning.
The NC LiteracyCorps member placed at HELPS will conduct a combination of direct service and nonprofit capacity-building tasks. Sample service activities include:
- Directly tutor and provide ongoing support to elementary school students through HELPS tutoring
- Assist in communication with a portfolio of high-need schools in the Triangle
- Help coordinate and observe volunteers to help implement the HELPS program
- Assist with outreach to community organizations and help maintain partnerships to identify new volunteer tutors
- Participate in development of outreach materials for related projects
We look forward to the opportunity to continue to partner together to scale our impact in the Triangle—and ultimately support the foundational academic development of students of all ages. Together we have the opportunity to make a significant difference for so many students in our community!
Durham Children's Initiative | Durham, NC
The Durham Children's Initiative has a mission to create a pipeline of high-quality services for youth and their families that help overcome the barriers to their success.
The NC LiteracyCorps member will develop, implement, and evaluate learning opportunities for DCI’s Workforce Development & Economic Stability programming.
Workforce Development & Economic Stability Service Activities
In support of WD & ES programming, the NC LiteracyCorps member will work directly with and assist management with student workforce programming including financial literacy, internships, and media literacy through a community news project.
Workplace Literacy: Internship Program
- Streamline a system for creation, collection, and monitoring of student resumes and program files.
- Develop training and content for mock interviews and job preparation workshops based on best practices and trends.
- Improve existing business and student internship recruitment systems.
- Assist with supervision and workforce mentoring of four (4) Cristo Rey Research High School student interns.
Financial Literacy Program:
- Research financial literacy curricula and present workshop and teaching ideas to program staff.
- Implement and evaluate a financial literacy program for teens at DCI.
Media Literacy Program:
- Encourage civic discussion and engagement with The Durham VOICE community news project.
- Develop and lead workshops on the writing process.
- Lead peer editing sessions.
- Engage community members in developing a positive sense of place.
Currently, NC LiteracyCorps members serve with eight different organizations throughout the state. Read more about our partnering organizations below.
Book Harvest | Durham, NC
Book Harvest is eager to welcome a NC Literacy Corps Member to our team of passionate childhood literacy advocates. With a shared commitment to interrupting entrenched cycles of generational poverty, we work to provide books and literacy supports to children during their first decade of life and to support parents so they experience the competence and confidence to be their child’s best brain builder and advocate.
The Book Harvest NC Literacy Corps Member will serve alongside the Book Harvest team to provide direct program and central administrative support to ensure the organization continues to operate with the expert efficiency and collaborative excellence for which it has become known over its 10 years. Much of the focus of the service the Book Harvest NC Literacy Corps Member will conduct will help Book Harvest address the disruption in learning and book access that has been the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. She/he will be supervised by the Operations and Finance Director, and will collaborate closely with individual program managers to implement, deepen, and sustain essential Book Harvest functions. Service includes:
- Children’s Storytimes
Plan high-quality, engaging storytimes and literacy activities for a wide age-range of children. Lead 3-10 high-quality storytimes each week engaging children and families in read-alouds, partner reading, individual reading, and relevant language enrichment activities (games, crafts, writing). Provide a warm, fun, safe atmosphere for all children and families present in the laundromat.
- Parent Engagement
Supporting the Book Harvest team of home visitors, the Book Harvest NC Literacy Corps Member will ensure that materials for families are coordinated, updated, and assembled to facilitate easy use and accessibility. He/she may also provide contactless delivery of materials and books to Book Babies Families’ homes.
- Book Provision
The Book Harvest NC Literacy Corps Member will help ensure the safe organization and distribution of books through Book Harvest’s many book provision programs.
- Data Mapping
The Book Harvest NC Literacy Corps Member will help to develop Book Harvest’s comprehensive mapping project of Durham to ensure that the organization maintains an accurate picture of book access in the county and identifies opportunities for continuous, strategic book provision and partnerships.
- Sustaining Outreach Capacity
The Book Harvest NC Literacy Corps Member service will include Saturday office hours 9am to 5pm, engaging with families who may be seeking age-appropriate, culturally diverse books, and completing various administrative tasks - writing thank you notes to book donors, tracking book donations, organizing bookshelves, sorting books, etc.
Durham Children's Initiative | Durham, NC
Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) is committed to building pathways to equity by improving outcomes for children, families and youth living in Durham. Our long-term vision is to have all youth affiliated with DCI successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. We work to achieve this vision by providing a pipeline of high-quality services for children, youth, and their families extending from birth through college and career that overcomes the barriers to their success. DCI collaborates with over 40 local organizations and community members who share our vision to provide these needed resources and supports to Durham children and families.
Sample service includes:
- Providing specialized content specific coaching/tutoring and homework help with a literacy or math focus.
- Preparation, implementation, and tracking individualized interventions to improve student’s proficiency.
- Assisting with organizational skills/ learning strategies.
- Building study habits (accountability) in scholars.
- Extra support for scholars in specific core subjects (ELL/ELA, Science, Math).
- Providing support for college enrollment.
- Tracking student proficiency/growth and help implement interventions when necessary.
- Conducting virtual or in-person meetings with scholars as needed.
- Discuss, plan, and work towards academic or personal goals.
- Communicate with scholars’ families about student goals and progress.
- Communicate with scholars’ teachers, counselors, or support staff as needed.
- Communicate with appropriate DCI staff (i.e. Advocates, Academic Support Team members) as needed to streamline communication about successes, areas of growth, and support structures/plans.
*DCI’s official office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. However, a flexible work schedule is often required. Candidates should be willing to work an occasional weekend or evening to meet the needs of our scholars and families
Durham Literacy Center | Durham, NC
Since 1985, the Durham Literacy Center (DLC) has provided tuition-free literacy tutoring and instruction to over 18,000 adults and out-of-school youth in Durham. The DLC’s community-based alternative programs provide individualized and research based instruction to adults who need more support than what the community college can provide.
Durham Literacy Center programs:
- teach adults to read and write;
- provide English classes for immigrant and refugee adults;
- prepare out-of-school youth and adult learners to complete high school equivalency diplomas;
- teach essential job-readiness and life skills in one-on-one, classroom, and jail settings;
- and teach basic computer skills.
Each year, over 230 volunteers and 15 staff help their fellow community members gain the skills and credentials that are necessary to thrive in Durham's economy.
The Durham Literacy Center seeks an NC LiteracyCorps member for 2021-22 to assist with instructional technology. The Instructional Technology Americorps Member will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Maintaining & supporting the DLC’s technology lending library
- Checking laptops, chromebooks, and tablets in and out for student use
- Setting up new devices as they come in
- Monitoring functionality of devices
- Maintaining device inventory, including accessories and peripherals
- Communicating with students, staff, and volunteers about technology loans
- Technical guidance and support
- Assisting students with navigating laptops and tablets from the DLC’s technology lending library
- Troubleshooting student issues and providing technical guidance and assistance to DLC students and volunteers via phone, email, text, video conference, or in person at the DLC
- Digital/Computer literacy instruction
- Leading digital literacy classes on-site at the DLC, at least one day per week (curriculum and instructional materials provided by the DLC)
- Designing and creating instructional materials, videos, and how-to guides to support student success, as needed
- Providing one-on-one and small group instruction in digital literacy to DLC students and volunteers, remotely or in-person
- Program support
- Working with program staff to provide support for instructional software, including maintaining login lists, creating how-to guides, and providing training to students and volunteers
- Working with program staff to identify and implement new ways to integrate and improve the use of instructional technology
- Assisting program staff with online classes, including set up and implementation
- Assisting program staff with computer-based testing and registration for students, as needed
Must be able to work on-site at the DLC’s headquarters, located at 1905 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. This position will require both daytime and evening hours. Candidates must have evening availability (5pm-8:30pm) Monday through Thursday.
Partners for Success | Durham, NC
A support office for the Duke Program in Education, Partners for Success (PfS) works with select service-learning education courses to support meaningful field experiences for education minors, teaching certification candidates, and any undergraduate who has an interest in service-learning, child development, and the field of education.
The goals of PfS are to:
- Connect Durham teachers and programs with a consistent source of trained volunteer tutors.
- Provide opportunities for Duke undergraduates to participate in and observe school- and community-based learning environments.
- Encourage Duke undergraduates to engage prek-12th grade students academically and socially through the cultivation of positive relationships.
- Facilitate Duke undergraduates’ development through critical reflection that connects field experiences with education coursework.
Currently, PfS is partnered with the following courses:
- Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education (EDUC 101)
- Educational Psychology (EDUC/PSYCH 240)
- Children, Schools and Society (EDUC 243)
Assist with service-learning placement of Duke Undergraduates; Research other tutoring and mentoring program models; Assist with volunteer tutor training and ongoing support; Create tutor support materials and stay up-to-date on literacy- and education-based trainings and educational talks available; Create virtual and in-person small group reflection activities; Read and respond to service-learning reflections; Maintain and update tutoring program records and the PfS website; Create a program newsletter.
Student U | Durham, NC
Student U is a community organization that uses the power of education to build a just and equitable Durham. We empower and equip first-generation college students in Durham Public Schools, their families, and educators to become the leaders that will transform our city. As a result of structural racism, poverty and other systemic injustices, we acknowledge that first generation college-bound students face significant personal and institutional obstacles to educational success. We want to change the odds for children in our community.
The Student U Literacy Programs Assistant will work with the Director of Learning and Academic Support to enhance and evaluate the literacy-focused programming Student U is able to provide for students and families. The Literacy Programs Assistant will pilot direct literacy intervention with a small cohort of middle school students and ensure other literacy programs are in place to support all students at Student U. They will also work to build and maintain partnerships with other literacy-focused community organizations, find and create useful resources for students and families, and work with Student U’s Family Engagement Coordinator to plan and implement workshops and focus groups for families.
International House | Charlotte, NC
International House, a non-profit organization, was established in 1981 to be a place of mutual learning, understanding, and sharing between the local Charlotteans and the international community. This year we celebrate 40 years of being a place that the community - no matter race, creed, or culture can find caring and passionate individuals to help them on their journey whether that journey be a better life for them and their families or a journey of greater international understanding.
The NC LiteracyCorps Member will be an integral member of the International House team. Under the supervision of the Director of Education and Workforce Development, they will assist in planning and implementing our education services.
- Assist the Director of Education and Workforce Development in developing a robust volunteer management program
- Schedule partner agencies to provide professional development workshops at our Immigrant Business Center and assist with the logistics of the workshop
- Assist in the planning and preparing of Rising Readers, a literacy and English language summer program for K-3rd graders whose primary language is not English
Our mission is to promote international understanding and help immigrants fully integrate into our community. We envision a Charlotte that welcomes the world.
The AmeriCorps member’s schedule will likely be Monday – Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, however some evening hours will be required.
Read to Succeed | Asheville/Buncombe County
Read to Succeed is on a mission to close the race-based opportunity gap through community-powered literacy programming that engages children, families, and community partners. We envision an equitable world where all children are strong, confident readers who succeed in school and in life. We know learning begins at birth and that literacy unlocks potential and opens the door to opportunity.
Our core values focus on literacy, family and community partnerships, education equity, diversity and inclusion, lifelong learning, cultural responsiveness, achieving impact, and acting with kindness, courage, and humility. We strengthen our community impact by actively listening and engaging in authentic, intentional conversations. We value research and evidence-based methods of literacy intervention that affect meaningful outcomes for children of color. We believe in cultivating relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and respecting a child’s and family’s agency.
Read to Succeed’s NC LiteracyCorps service position will support our four programming pillars - K-3 Tutoring, Kindergarten-Readiness, Fluency Fun, and Community Literacy Engagement. Responsibilities include:
- Day-to-day duties
Scheduling K-3 tutors and early childhood volunteers, responding to tutor/school emails, answering phones, assembling literacy and learning resources for partners, schools, students, and tutors, helping maintain the office, data collection and analysis.
Generating family reading content for the R2S website and blog, distributing outreach materials for family literacy events, supporting R2S social media presence and engaging with our education and community partners.
- Training/event support
Actively supporting tutors, students, and families R2S engages at literacy events, workshops, and trainings.
- Volunteer recruitment
Seeking out new sources for recruiting volunteers to diversify the volunteer base and attract high-quality candidates for training and matching with local schools/programs to support students with literacy.