Building Healthy Communities/Building Healthy Youth AmeriCorps is a coordinated effort to mentor youth in 10 communities throughout California. The Kern County Superintendent of Schools and The California Endowment, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service and CaliforniaVolunteers, have combined efforts to mobilize over 70 AmeriCorps mentors to work with nearly 2,000 youth. The AmeriCorps Members deliver high-quality mentorships to reinforce positive choices and behaviors. In addition, they recruit local volunteers to engage in activities to improve and strengthen their communities. The mentors play a key role in achieving some of the objectives of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, a 10-year, holistic approach to improve community health and initiate systemic change towards healthier living.
Why join Building Healthy Communities/Building Healthy Youth AmeriCorps?
Serve the Youth of California: AmeriCorps Members mentor youth with a variety of structured activities, which may include academic support, community service, service-learning, college and career preparation, art, recreation, leadership, and physical activities. Each Member will work with 12-20 youth during the course of the year.
Build Your Skills: Building Healthy Communities/Building Healthy Youth is committed to the professional growth of its AmeriCorps Members through professional development and technical assistance in a variety of subjects, including mentoring, prevention and intervention, academic support, first aid and CPR, relationship building, leadership, project planning, and much more. Community teams gather for training and meetings on a regular basis throughout the year, providing opportunities to share experiences, successes, and challenges.
Be A Vital Part of a Community and a Team: Through service to youth, community service activities, team meetings, and professional development, AmeriCorps Members gain a wealth of information, experience, and sense of community. Additionally, AmeriCorps Members become part of a cutting-edge, statewide movement to improve all aspects of community health.
Prepare for Your Future: The Building Healthy Communities/Building/Healthy Youth AmeriCorps program is an intensive experience that will provide benefits to you far in the future, not the least of which includes an education award to help pay for college expenses or pay off student loans. During your term, you will receive a monthly living allowance and, if eligible, health insurance and child care benefits.
Serve in one of ten California communities: Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands, Oakland, Sacramento, Merced, Fresno, South Kern County, East Coachella Valley, Long Beach, Santa Ana or San Diego.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2013-14 DUE JUNE 22!!!
2013-14 BHC/Y AMERICORPS MEMBER APPLICATION