Impact Alabama SpeakFirst Coach  AmeriCorps Member

Company:   Impact America
Business Type:   Nonprofit
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Required Education:   Bachelor
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Citizenship:   US Citizen
Employment Type:   Full-Time    
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Start Date: July 23, 2018 End Date: July 19, 2019 To Apply: Please visit Organizational Description: Impact America engages students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve. The SpeakFirst initiative enriches the academic experience of gifted students from Birmingham's public high schools through participation in a competitive debate team. This highly collaborative initiative addresses a wide array of needs created by the deficit of opportunities and resources in their local communities, including one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, college admissions and financial aid guidance, standardized test preparation, youth development activities, and summer internships for the debaters. Since the inception of SpeakFirst in 2004, our students have competed in more than 100 tournaments and our upperclassmen consistently win approximately one-half of their debate rounds. SpeakFirsts first ten graduating classes (39 students) have earned more than $4.9 million in college scholarships. SpeakFirst has also established incredible partnerships with The University of Alabama, UAB, and UAH. Each of these institutions has committed to providing, in perpetuity, full, four-year academic scholarships, including tuition and fees, to Birmingham school students who complete four years of SpeakFirst. Position Description: A SpeakFirst coach will work with Impact Alabama staff and the SpeakFirst coaching team to develop and implement debate curriculum for the SpeakFirst initiative. The SpeakFirst initiative brings together twenty exemplary high school students from Birmingham area schools that do not provide a formal debate structure into an all-star debate team that participates in tournaments in Alabama and across the Southeast. The team specializes in Public Forum Debate, which focuses on practical and philosophical questions about current domestic and foreign policy issues, and emphasizes the ability to debate and convey arguments about these issues persuasively to a judge. SpeakFirst coaches serve as advisors, discussion-leaders, and mentors who guide and improve the students research, argumentation, and speaking skills for each monthly topic. SpeakFirst coach responsibilities include managing and coaching practices three evenings per week, inclusive of lesson planning and thorough editing of student work; coordinating registration and participation in 8-10 weekend tournaments throughout the academic year; designing a summer debate orientation for new students; and organizing recruitment for the next class of students. In addition, you may manage volunteer tutors and mentors, supervise homework tutoring sessions and standardized test preparation, coordinate college admissions planning and summer internships for students, and design extracurricular events to expose the students to important cultural and historical attractions throughout Alabama. Responsibilities will also include collaborating with our SpeakFirst Middle School Coordinator to lead the SpeakFirst Middle School Debate League. This includes designing weekly workshops for middle school coaches in seven program schools, supervising instruction weekly at one of the program schools (Mondays, 3-5pm), and hosting four tournaments. SpeakFirst coaches are full-time AmeriCorps members who also serve with Impact Alabamas other service initiatives: FocusFirst, SaveFirst, and CollegeFirst. SpeakFirst coaches will conduct 3-5 vision screenings for preschoolers, learn basic tax law to serve six hours per week at a SaveFirst tax site (February and March), and have the option to assist with the CollegeFirst Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students in Birmingham. Position currently available in Birmingham, AL. Skills Required: Successful candidates will exhibit a commitment to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged families, a record of community service and/or civic engagement, leadership skills, the ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals (e.g., high school students, community partners), flexibility in a fast-paced environment, a positive attitude, strong research and analytical writing skills, and an aptitude for public speaking. Debate experience is strongly preferred but not required. Candidates for the SpeakFirst coach position with prior experience in education will be prioritized. A strong candidate will be able to speak to challenges and successes in curriculum design and daily lesson planning as well as to provide constructive feedback to students. SpeakFirst devotes four full-time coaches to twenty students to ensure a rigorous learning environment is maintained. In addition to participating in the creation of collaborative curriculum strategies with the SpeakFirst coaching team, coaches should be able to manage a substantial amount of independent work hours conducting research and preparing based on delegated tasks. Additional Information: Impact Alabama is an AmeriCorps ProgramĀ®. Benefits include the following: Monthly living stipend (varies each year) $5,815 education award (received upon completion of term of service) Health insurance Meals when providing service outside of your home county Mileage reimbursement when driving your personal car for service All travel costs during overnight trips (hotel, rental car, meals) Ongoing professional development and training Impact Alabama welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. We have sought to identify the essential functions and physical requirements of all service positions and will make reasonable accommodations through scheduling, task reassignment, and other methods to accommodate applicants and AmeriCorps members. Please contact us should you need accommodations in order to apply. Eligibility Requirements: Documentation of status as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident alien (AmeriCorps eligibility requirement) Completion of a college degree (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis with prior approval) Submit to a criminal background check, including an FBI check, NSOPW check, a statewide check in the applicants state of residence at the time of application, a statewide check in applicants state of service (if different than state of residence) At least 18 years of age

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