826 Boston seeks mission-driven change-makers to join the Writers’ Room Fellowship as AmeriCorps Members for the 2021-2022 school year. 826 Boston is rapidly expanding to serve more students in the Boston Public Schools through its innovative Writers’ Room Program. This is an exciting opportunity to join 15 AmeriCorps members and play a key role in driving impact.
Serving as an AmeriCorps High School Program Specialist in the Writers’ Room Fellowship is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Your role is designed to affect both individual students and school-wide systems. Through your year of service, you will work with students to empower them to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain critical communication skills while also supporting tutors and teachers to meaningfully incorporate writing into curricula across all grades and content areas.
AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists will serve at one of 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms for the year, joining a school-based team comprising the Writers’ Room Coordinator, two AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists, a College for Social Innovation Fellow, and a corps of volunteers. 826 Boston runs Writers’ Rooms at the following High Schools:
Members will be placed at a site by the 826 Boston team and will serve from that location Mondays-Thursdays. Additionally, AmeriCorps High School Program Specialists will serve at 826 Boston’s writing and tutoring center at 3035 Washington Street, Roxbury for summer training and weekly professional development sessions on Fridays. The Writers’ Room Fellowship is a 6-month service program beginning on Monday, January 10th, 2022.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for interviews and throughout the term of service upon request.
The AmeriCorps Writers' Room Fellowship program is dependent on a yearly funding award from the federal AmeriCorps agency.
A note about operations during the pandemic: 826 Boston is currently operating all of our programs virtually. While we do not yet know when we will return to in-person operations, candidates for this position should be prepared to serve all or part of their hours at 826 Boston's physical location(s).
Key Responsibilities and Functions
Writers’ Room Program Coordination:
Compensation and Benefits
About 826 Boston
826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life. Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with individualized attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.
826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by Good Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 25,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.
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