Duke University’s North Carolina LiteracyCorps (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, Orange, Mecklenburg, and Craven Counties. The NC LiteracyCorps is a program of Duke Service-Learning that supports Duke's commitment to outreach in North Carolina. NC LiteracyCorps members will contribute to the education and learning needs of local communities by providing teaching and tutoring support or capacity-building activities to enhance the ability of the placement organization to offer services.
The mission of the NC LiteracyCorps is to increase the education skills and opportunities of North Carolina children and adults through tutoring, small group teaching, classroom assistance, or capacity-building activities that strengthen an organization’s abilities to increase educational achievement and opportunities in local communities. NC LiteracyCorps members will work alongside education professionals to increase the academic achievement, English skills, GED or High School Diploma credentials, or access to education and community resources in five counties across the state.
Thirteen half time, 11 month positions will be available beginning September 1, 2020. Members will receive a living allowance of up to $12,000 over the 11 month period and an education award (if eligible) of $3097.50. Service schedules will be determined by local sites.
Partner agencies and member service projects:
Book Harvest: Durham, NC: Provide evidence-based literacy tutoring at WG Pearson Elementary, support parent engagement and safe book distribution, participate in data mapping to ensure Book Harvest’s mission and outreach and contribute to access through weekend office hours.
Craven County Literacy Council: New Bern, NC: Administer student assessments; Motivate and support tutors and other instructional volunteers, and assist tutors in implementing lesson plans; Conduct basic computer lessons or classes as needed; Incorporate technology and distance learning techniques to enhance current programs; Participate in Tutor Training Workshops; Support the Family Literacy program; Help recruit and train volunteers.
Duke University Partners for Success (PFS)/ North Carolina Literacy Association (NCLA): One member will support two programs. PFS: Assist with service-learning placement of Duke Undergraduates; Implement evaluation strategy; Assist with volunteer tutor training and ongoing support; Create virtual, small group reflection activities: Read and respond to service-learning reflections; Maintain and update tutoring program records; Create a program newsletter. NCLA: Develop an outreach strategy for NCLA member development including a monthly newsletter with policy updates, a series of webinars to disseminate effective practices.
Durham Children’s Initiative: Durham, NC: Conduct student assessments and basic virtual lessons or classes, as needed; Organize and facilitate enrichment and out of school time programs and activities; Help incorporate technology and remote learning techniques to enhance current programs; Plan and facilitate workshops and community meetings with DCI staff. Data entry as required to document services.
Durham Literacy Center: Durham, NC: Train students & tutors to use online tools; Conduct tech orientations/distribute technology to students; Process to distribute Chromebooks & manage loan; Provide tech support at the beginning of online classes
Freedom School Partners: Charlotte, NC*: Freedom School minimum-time members will teach small group literacy classes and enrichment activities in locations throughout Charlotte (Summer 2021).
Orange County Literacy Council: Carrboro, NC: AmeriCorps members will coordinate and facilitate English classes for speakers of other languages.
Refugee Community Partnership: Carrboro, NC: Receive and respond to requests for support from Spanish speaking community members; Coordinate delivery of resources to Durham-based families with the support of volunteers; Build relationships with new and existing Spanish speaking RCP families; Develop resource opportunities and build out interactive communication infrastructure for the Spanish speaking immigrant community; Regularly communicate resources and opportunities in the Spanish language WhatsApp group: Collect data on financial, material and social support provided to community members, conduct Family Check-Ins and volunteer feedback surveys; Attend community coalition meetings in order to remain up to date on resources, community needs, and to share RCP community members’ priorities directly to institutions
Triangle Literacy Council: RTP, NC: Tutor YouthBuild students pursuing their High School Equivalency (GED, HiSet, or TASC); Work with Case Manager/Job Developer to provide career opportunities that are aligned with students’ interests and goals; Document student job and career goals or immediate needs; Assist in scheduling career-related guest speakers, site visits, job shadow experiences, and with job search skills and workshops including mock interviewing, resume preparation, and other skills; Assist with marketing the program to potential employers utilizing social media platforms; Maintain contact with employers of students to maximize student employment retention and success
Wake Up and Read: Raleigh, NC: Coordinate efforts in the faith-based community and Barbershops/Salons/Laundromats/Program delivery including outreach in the community and enrolling families in the Ready4K program. Coordinate program family partnership programs and outreach to childcare centers, out of school time providers, feeding sites, enrolling families in Ready4K, sharing partner agency info, talking with families and children, and distributing books; Coordinate book collection, distribution, support distribution at the schools and to community partner agencies and assist with year round book collection efforts and distribution.
For more information about the NC LiteracyCorps, contact Kathy Sikes (Kathy.Sikes@duke.edu).