Economic Development Corps (Americorp position)

The Service Collaborative of WNY's Economic Development Corps (EDC) is an AmeriCorps National Service Program committed to fighting poverty and helping individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency through financial education and training. EDC members will serve in non-profit and educational institutions across the Buffalo-Niagara Region, acting as financial coaches to decrease the number of economically disadvantaged individuals with a special focus on Opportunity Youth, defined as individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working.

What will EDC Members Do?

EDC program staff works with partner agencies to ensure successful member placement. Candidates go through a comprehensive online application, program and partner site interviews and background checks. When members commit to EDC they are committing to a 6-month service term during which time they are expected to complete at least 900 hours of service at their host site. Members are provided health insurance options, childcare subsidies, student loan forbearance, an education award and a living stipend.

EDC members serve in a wide variety of capacities within their host sites included but not limited to:

  • one-on-one and group financial trainings
  • refugee resettlement services
  • assistance with first time home buyers
  • assistance with public benefits applications
  • assistance in foreclosure prevention
  • homeless outreach and prevention
  • job skills training

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: *Experience working with limited-income families *Cross-cultural experience *Organizational skills *Ability to communicate effectively *Teamwork *Willingness to learn new skills *Secondary language skills are a plus

Required Qualifications: *Must be a U.S. Citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien *Able to provide the following documentation: birth certification, driver's license or state photo ID, social security card, and high school diploma or college degree *Access to vehicle/driver's license *Must undergo a criminal history check *REQUIRED*

Benefits Include: Six (6) months of meaningful experience ·A six month living stipend of $6,315 which is paid out in bi-weekly increments ·An AmeriCorps Eli Segal Education Award of $2,908 provided after the successful completion of the term of service ·Basic, no cost health insurance ·Ability to put qualified federal student loans on forbearance during the term of service ·Child Care assistance to those who qualify ·Monthly professional development and multiple training opportunities. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, political affiliation, or religion.

Organization: Journey's End Refugee Services

Member Position Title: Financial Coach for New Americans

Anticipated Member Service Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm

Program and/or Agency Summary:

Journey's End Refugee Services assists refugees and other low-income immigrants in becoming economically self-sufficient through resettlement, employment, education and immigration legal services.

Program Description/Agency Profile:

The Journey's End Employment Dept. offers job counseling, job placement, and employment trainings, to support clients in becoming self-sufficient. Employment staff work to introduce clients to American work culture and the expectations of American employers, as well as helping clients navigate the application and interview process. The Journey's End Education Dept. offers English as a Second Language course to adults and high school equivalency courses to students ages 16-26. These courses are tailored to the needs of refugees and immigrants and include cultural orientation and other topics to help ease the client's transition into their new community.

What will AmeriCorps members do?

The member will assist Journey's End staff and work directly with clients to prepare them for gaining employment in American workplaces and developing the financial literacy necessary to become a self-sufficient member of the community. The member will have a specific focus on working with students of the high school equivalency program, which serves young adult refugees. Specific work will involve leading financial literacy classes and job skills training with a focus on working with young adults from the education program. This will include both 1-on-1 and group session trainings and classes tailored to the specific needs of the client.

Please apply through the Americorp website:

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