The Clark County AmeriCorps 4-H Grows Here Project has AmeriCorps members working to improve academic engagement and social emotional skills in youth in Clark County. The program is aimed at youth ages 5-19, with an emphasis on first-generation college-going youth, low-income and middle school-aged youth, and youth of color. AmeriCorps members recruited from the same communities as the targeted youth are responsible for educating 3,000 youth through two 1-hour workshops each week. From there, the team will be responsible for transitioning at least 1,600 youth to longer-term 4-H club programs, consisting of at least six 1-hour sessions.
In addition, AmeriCorps members will leverage 230 volunteers who will be engaged in sustaining established 4-H community clubs.
Become an AmeriCorps member
The program is actively recruiting bicultural and biracial AmeriCorps members from the community to serve as 4-H positive youth development (PYD) educators and 4-H mentors.
4-H positive youth development (PYD) educators and 4-H mentors work together to facilitate workshops at community centers, libraries, schools and other locations to deliver educational lessons and attract youth and families through hands-on educational learning opportunities in areas including STEM, Civic Engagement and Healthy Living. 4-H AmeriCorps members develop relationships that eventually lead to long-standing 4-H clubs and/or Special Interest (SPIN) programming. Our members are on the front lines serving youth as positive role models and mentors. Youth guide the learning topics, but AmeriCorps members facilitate learning through devising appropriate environments and opportunities for youth using 4-H curriculum and programs, and occasionally creating new teaching methods.
The service period for all AmeriCorps positions is Oct. 7, 2020 to Aug. 26, 2022. College students who serve as AmeriCorps members receive work experience, personal and professional development, and a living allowance based on the position they serve. In addition, after successfully completing an approved term of service, AmeriCorps members will have access to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, which can be used toward qualified educational expenses such as:
- repayment of qualified student loans, and
- educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher learning.
The award can be used up to seven years after being awarded and is taxed by the government as income during the calendar year it is used.
4-H Positive Youth Development (PYD) Instructors
How to Apply:
- Visit MyAmeriCorps and click on "Register to Create a New Member/Alum Account."
- Complete the requested profile information. You will need a Social Security number and valid address, telephone number and email.
- Once you receive your account information via email, log into MyAmeriCorps and use the navigation pane on the left to complete your general application and reference information.
- Click "Search Listings."
- Type the position title you are interested into the Program Name field (ignore all the other fields).
- Click "Search".
- Click the listing to view program information.
- Read the program information and click "Apply Now" at the bottom of the page.
- For questions, email Anel Rojas, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, or call 702.940.5438.
By strategically targeting youth and families in underrepresented communities to engage and participate in tailored 4-H programming, AmeriCorps members help youth participants develop timely and relevant skills and abilities in important areas including STEM. The 4-H Grows Here Program develops essential "soft" skills in youth to equip them to successfully attend, persist and complete some form of post-secondary education, and ultimately, provides them with the opportunity for upward mobility.
What is AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that brings people together to serve communities. Currently, 270,000 members and volunteers serve with AmeriCorps across the nation. It is an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to strengthen communities in areas of education, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, veteran and military families, disaster service, healthy futures, and much more.