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, Buncombe, and Mecklenburg Counties. The NC LiteracyCorps is a program of Duke Service-Learning that supports Duke's commitment to outreach in North Carolina.
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 reach and impact. 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.
Six full time, 12 month positions will be available beginning September 1, 2020. Members will receive a living allowance of up to $24,000 and benefits over the 12 month period and an education award (if eligible) at the end of the service year. Service schedules will be determined by local sites.
Partner agencies and member service projects:
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.
Freedom School Partners: Charlotte, NC*: Freedom School minimum-time members will teach small group literacy classes and enrichment activities in locations throughout Charlotte (Summer 2022).
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 Education AmeriCorps Member will be an integral member of the International House team. Under the supervision of the Education Coordinator, they will assist in planning and implementing our education services, which provide quality programming to the immigrant population of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The AmeriCorps member schedule will likely be Monday & Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Tuesday & Thursday from Noon to 8 pm.
- Plan family outreach and resource events at particular CMS Title I elementary schools
- Tutor adults who are preparing for the naturalization process and/or learning English in evening hours
- Assist the Conversation Hour facilitators as necessary and/or directed by the Education Coordinator
- Assist with administering evaluations for citizenship and ESL classes
- Schedule partner agencies to provide professional development workshops at our Immigrant Business Center and assist with the logistics of the workshop
- Assist the Education Coordinator in the planning and preparing of Rising Readers, a literacy and English language program for K-3rd graders whose primary language is not English
- Assist in the maintenance of the program data base
Our mission is to promote international understanding and help immigrants fully integrate into our community. We envision a Charlotte that welcomes the world.
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.
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.
- Communications - 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.
May vary, but typically 9am - 5pm daily. Some evenings and weekends required for family/community literacy events
WAKE Up and Read is a community coalition of more than 30 agencies united behind the belief that literacy is a right for all children. As a Campaign for Grade Level Reading Community, we strive to ensure that each and every child is reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade. As a coalition, our work is anchored in racial equity and designed with intention. We aim to address the opportunity gaps often experienced by children and families based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status and disrupt practices that perpetuate educational inequities.
We are looking for a team member that is passionate about ensuring that all children are inspired, equipped, and empowered as readers and families are engaged, informed and supported. This team member will work with the WAKE Up and Read core team in the coordination of coalition partners to increase access to books, literacy resources, and learning opportunities for families with young children.
We are looking for a team member that thrives in a fast paced environment, builds rapport easily with others, can manage multiple projects, and has experience in marketing and communication. The WAKE Up and Read LiteracyCorps Member will be focused on strengthening the social media presence of the coalition and outreach efforts.
Under the supervision of the WAKE Up and Read Administrator, he/she/they will develop, support, and implement a communication plan across social media platforms, assist with the creation of marketing materials, and generate content for the website. He/She/They will support book collection and distribution efforts, enrolling families in Ready4K, and connecting families with information about available resources and programs.
The WAKE Up and Read LiteracyCorps Member will need to have the flexibility to work a minimum of one to two evenings per week and two Saturdays per month. Proposed schedule: Tuesday 11-8, Wednesday 9-5, Thursday 11-8, Friday 9-5, every other Saturday 10-4pm.
For more information about the NC LiteracyCorps, contact Kathy Sikes (Kathy.Sikes@duke.edu).