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Big Brothers Big Sisters

LGBTQ+ Youth Empowerment Leader – AmeriCorps Member

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Job Summary


Summary Statement 

Are you passionate about serving LGBTQ+ youth in Tennessee? Do you believe in the power of supportive peer and adult relationships for youth who might be geographically or socially isolated? Help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee provide a safe and supportive space for youth to be themselves and achieve their potential.

Term Commitment  

Half Time, August 15,2022 – July 28, 2023


Position Description 

This role is for you if you have enthusiasm for supporting LGBTQ+ youth, an ability to creatively address challenges, and excitement for networking with schools and youth-serving partners. If you value organization and strong communication, you will thrive in this role. This Americorps member facilitate, develop content, and conduct outreach to engage LGBTQ+ youth in a virtual Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) empowerment group. The member will also focus specifically on outreach to students in rural communities.

This Americorps member will leave their service term with competencies in group facilitation, strategic thinking, and project management. They will have the chance to develop skills like clear communication and speaking in front of a group, collaboration, and resource planning, and will have the opportunity to work with community partners.

Nashville is powered by people of all ages, races, ethnicities, skin tones, sexes, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses engaging in service together. This is a city where YOU matter and YOU make a difference. Join us as we tackle the community’s most pressing challenges through service by becoming a Hands On Nashville AmeriCorps Program member.

The HON AmeriCorps Program is made possible through generous support from Volunteer Tennessee, The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund, and AmeriCorps, the federal agency connecting individuals and organizations through service and volunteering to tackle the nation’s most pressing challenges.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities 

  • Expand the reach of the virtual GSA Empowerment group by recruiting new members through relationship building with partners
  • Create templates and guides for facilitation of virtual GSA Empowerment group for future group leaders and for youth who have an interest in leading their peers
  • Clarify roles with existing partners along with establishing new partnerships for enhancement of the virtual GSA Empowerment group
  • Monitor the platform through which members of the GSA will connect with each other and with the organization

 

Typical Day In This Position 

The member in this role might start a typical day in a meeting with their manager reviewing the week’s tasks. Then, they would work on gathering content and resources for the upcoming GSA meeting, follow up with a few community partners and end the day by facilitating the virtual GSA after school hours. Another typical day would include staff training or meetings with larger staff groups to collaborate on trends and resources for the youth we serve.

Service Schedule 

Set schedule with some flexibility to be determined with member, to include regular weekday availability, about 20 hours per week.

Qualifications

 

Competencies  

Members should have experience with or the willingness to develop competencies in these areas:

(1) Working with LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 and up
(2) Building relationships and collaborating with partners
(3) Proficiency in online platforms such as Facebook, Discord, Zoom, etc. or ability to learn quickly
(4) Presentation and facilitation skills

Key abilities include:

(1) Willingness to use creative thinking to solve problems
(2) Willingness to follow-up and reliably communicate information in a timely manner
(3) Working effectively in a team-oriented environment

Other Skills 

This member should be comfortable speaking in front of a group and working with youth. A person who has participated in similar groups would be preferred but not required. A person who has familiarity with working in rural settings is preferred but not required.

Prerequisites  

Associates Degree

Can professional experience be substituted for formal education: Yes

Physical Requirements 

Responsibilities in the position may entail sitting for extended periods of time; Service responsibilities require the member to communicate verbally via the telephone and/or computer;

 

Required Driver’s License: No

 

Additional Information

Benefits

  • $3,247.50 education award, upon completion of service contract
  • Federal student loan forbearance and accrued interest payment
  • Bronze-level health coverage through Healthcare.gov
  • Training and professional development in nonprofit management
  • $10,000 living allowance, paid in bi-weekly increments

How to Apply

Please apply using the link: https://forms.office.com/r/4BZ11DvFuv

Details

  • Date Posted: May 25, 2022
  • Type: VISTA / AmeriCorps
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/15/2022
  • Salary Range: 10000
  • Working Hours: 15-20