AmeriCorps Youth Transition Support Member-Peer Support Job Description

Service Site: Able SC

Service Site Address: 720 Gracern Road Suite 106 Columbia, SC 29210 and/or Able SC Greenville: 135 Edinburgh Ct. Suite 10

Site Supervisor/Title: Aimee Calcutt, AmeriCorps Coordinator

Service Position Type: Quarter Time

Term of Service: October 2022-July 2023

Average Weekly Service Hours: 14

Program Overview 

Able South Carolina (Able SC) is South Carolina’s premier organization promoting disability rights, independence, and equity for individuals with disabilities. Able SC runs multiple programs that teach youth with disabilities about transition skills, including employment, self-advocacy, disability pride, financial literacy, and advocating during the IEP meetings.

AmeriCorps Member Position Overview

The purpose of this position is to support Able South Carolina’s Equip Leadership Group program by providing peer mentoring to young adults, facilitating conversations with youth on topics such as disability pride, self-advocacy, and independent living. The Youth Transition Support Member: Peer Support, will provide disability awareness in the community and equip young adults with the tools to be confident while developing leadership and advocacy skills. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be at least 17 years of age or older
  • Be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Satisfy the National Service Criminal History Check eligibility criteria pursuant to 45 CFR 2540.202.
  • Must be able to operate a computer 

Essential Functions

  • Participation in September 11th Day of Remembrance and/or Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events may occur on the weekend or during holidays and include activities outside of the scope of typical day-to-day functions.
  • Recruit young adults with disabilities to participate in the Equip Leadership Group
  • Mentor young adults one-on-one to become confident
  • Attend and assist monthly hangouts for Equip participants as delegated
  • Empower young adults to set goals and find the tools to reach their goals
  • Work with the Youth Transition team on school visits
  • Provide disability awareness to the community
  • Attend AmeriCorps and Able SC orientation
  • Attend required professional development trainings 
  • Attend Able SC’s biweekly virtual staff meetings 
  • Complete reporting requirements such as biweekly time sheets
  • Attend biweekly and monthly supervisor meetings

Additional Responsibilities

Although not essential position functions, the Youth Transition Support Member member may be responsible for the following as needed: 

  • Participate in outside service activities approved by the Program Director 

Physical, Emotional, and Intellectual Demands –look at physical demands 

The following competencies are important in helping the AmeriCorps Member perform the essential duties of this position successfully:

  • Flexibility – The ability to adjust to and thrive in a complex and changing environment; handles challenges with care and thoughtfully responds in the face of adversity or conflict.
  • Ability to Work Independently – The ability to be a self-starter and accomplish tasks independently and without constant direct supervision
  • Ability to Multi-Task – The ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments; prioritizes more critical functions while maintaining a good handle on others; reports promptly any barriers to task completion and allows ample opportunities for a supervisor to adjust deadlines
  • Results-Oriented Thinking and Behavior – A genuine concern for effectiveness.  Possesses the desire to get the service done with excellence; mentally, is focused on getting the best results for actions taken; does not settle for mediocrity.
  • Awareness and Sensitivity to the External Environment – Situational awareness; is aware of the organizations that they represent, including the United Way Association of South Carolina, South Carolina Service Commission, AmeriCorps, and the host site's position in the community and the effect of their words and actions on that position; demonstrates savvy in dealing with agencies, volunteers and donors; is promoting and affirming in conversations about and on behalf of those organizations.
  • Ability to receive detailed information through appropriate communication.
  • Service Conditions: Member is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.

Benefits

This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information, and military service. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**People with disabilities are encouraged to apply**

To apply: Send cover letter and resume electronically to Sara Marin at smarin@able-sc.org. No phone calls, please.