NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program launched in 2009 by NYC Service, recruits and places AmeriCorps members to serve full-time from November 5, 2021 to July 15, 2022 at select nonprofit organizations. NYC Civic Corps members build, develop, and grow volunteer programs by recruiting, managing, and engaging volunteers to address impact areas that are priorities of New York City.
The Greater New York Chapter is home to one of the largest Red Cross youth and young adult volunteer programs in the country. We work with a huge network of schools in the five boroughs to drive high school and college students to support the mission of the Red Cross, which focuses on disaster relief, working with active service members and veterans, collecting lifesaving blood, delivering critical trainings that can save lives, and supporting the international Red Cross Community.
The Regional Youth Coordinator is responsible for mobilizing and engaging over 2,000 youth volunteers throughout the American Red Cross of Greater New York. The member will have an opportunity to build new relationships with high schools and universities, maintain existing relationships with youth leads, and plan various disaster preparedness events.
Expectations and Goals for the specific project on which AmeriCorps Member is serving:
The Regional Youth Coordinator will support the expansion of the Greater New York Youth Program under the supervision of the Volunteer Engagement Manager. The member will support goals such as onboarding new high schools who are starting a Red Cross Club, developing youth leadership trainings, planning engagement events, supporting a council of student leaders, and producing newsletters to highlight monthly events. The member will collaborate with the Volunteer Services Team to achieve key metrics: 65,000 volunteer hours produced by youth volunteers throughout the year and 80% engagement of all youth volunteers.
Member Position Summary:
The Regional Youth Coordinator will provide direction to new youth volunteers joining the Red Cross and ensure they have a successful experience throughout their school year. This position will work to continue building youth capacity, managing the volunteer management database, and developing and implementing youth activities at our local office. The member will work out of the Regional Red Cross Headquarters located on 520 West 49th St, New York, NY 10019. The member will spend approximately 10% of their time onboarding new youth volunteers, 20% managing relationships and keeping on contact with club leads & advisors, 20% monitoring and evaluation, 20% event planning, 20% traveling to different schools for meetings, and 10% other projects as assigned.
- Service as the primary contact for current youth leadership volunteers and school faculty advisors
- Build and maintain relationships with new and existing schools throughout New York City ∙ Visit high schools & universities that have a relationship with the Red Cross to gauge if additional support is needed
- Monitor and process incoming youth applications
- Manage student-led youth leadership council and support them in planning engagement opportunities throughout the school year
- Plan and execute events and workshops throughout the school year including but not limited, CPR/First Aid classes, Mass Care sheltering trainings, and International Humanitarian Law: Youth Action Campaign activities.
- Collecting and analyzing data on a monthly basis to improve youth volunteer program ∙ Creating monthly newsletters to encourage, inspire, and recognize youth volunteers
Required Skills for AmeriCorps Members (set for all program members): ∙
- Strong commitment to national service and the mission of the host site ∙ Desire to work in the non-profit sector
- Desire to serve with diverse communities
- Excellent organizational and communication skills
- Ability to conduct community outreach and make presentations to community groups ∙ Willingness to take initiative to achieve goals
- Strong project management/multi-tasking abilities
- Data management and visualization skills
- A clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend in New York City
- Availability to lead and/or attend events during evening and weekend hours (frequency varies by position)
- Minimum high school diploma or equivalency
- Ability to pass a criminal background check
- US Citizen or lawful permanent resident (AmeriCorps regulations)
Preferred Academic or Experience Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Able to work with a team and independently
- Ability to interact with staff, volunteers, and community members
- Able to prioritize work and meet deadlines, and demonstrate good judgment ∙ Able to communicate effectively and professionally
- Ability to speak comfortably in front of small or large audiences
- Be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the American Red Cross and the programs and services offered to the community.
- Demonstrate intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel Outlook, PowerPoint).
Please note: The duties and responsibilities in this service position description may be subject to change. In the rare event that there are any changes, fellows will be notified prior to beginning the service year and the position description will be amended. All changes will be reviewed and approved in advance by NYC Service.