AmeriCorps is a network of local, state and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Members serve with more than 3,000 organizations across the country. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency created to connect Americans with opportunities to give back to their communities and nation.
how to apply
To complete an application, individuals will need to create an account on “My Americorps Portal”.
- Go to www.americorps.gov.
- On the right side, under “Join AmeriCorps” use the drop down menus to select “homelessness” or “children/youth” under interest, and “OH” under state.
- This will bring up a number of listings. At the end of the list you will find “YWCA Columbus 2013-14”. Click on this listing.
- At the bottom of the page click “Apply Now”
- The website will ask if you wish to register to use the system. Click OK. This will begin the application process.
- Once you have submitted your application, we will receive an email notifying us that you have applied. We will review your application, and if your qualifications match our needs, we will contact you to schedule an interview.
our americorps positions
Family Center Youth Programs (6FT/7PT)
AmeriCorps Members serving in the YWCA Family Center Youth Programs will have the opportunity to provide exceptional child care and summer programs for children ages 6 weeks to 17 years who are experiencing homelessness. Our youth programs serve more than 500 children each year with the goal of providing an enriching and stimulating environment while allowing parents the opportunity to obtain more stable housing and employment. Our curriculum is age appropriate and focuses on skill development, cultural awareness and positive social interactions. Members will develop and implement curriculum activities, plan and participate in special events such as field trips, assist parents in enrolling in the programs, and create a monthly newsletter.
AmeriCorps members serving on our Aftercare team will engage directly with families who are staying that the YWCA Family Center and will follow families after they move out of the center to insure that all adults and children’s basic needs are met. Members will host a Community Resources training for families prior to their exit from the Family Center, and then contact the families after they leave the shelter to provide resources and referrals if necessary. Our goal is to assist families in identifying and overcoming barriers to help them remain stable in their new housing.
Volunteer and Donations (3FT)
The YWCA Family Center has an incredible amount of community support and involvement in the form of committed volunteers and donors. Volunteers donate their time doing a variety of activities including serving lunch and dinner, organizing craft activities with the youth, planting flowers in the garden, or even putting on a magic show! Our AmeriCorps Volunteer and Donations Members engage with volunteers to ensure that they have a meaningful experience, provide tours, participate in volunteer fairs, and manage distribution of material donations. Evenings and weekends are required for this position.
Racial Justice (4PT)
AmeriCorps members will be specially trained by our Racial Justice team to teach the YWCA’s nationally recognized Race Against Racism curriculum in the 20 School Aged Child Care program sites in Westerville, New Albany, and Gahanna. Race Against Racism is an anti-bias curriculum that encourages elementary school children to explore and understand real and often complex issues related to racism, diversity, bullying and inclusion. Members are assigned 5 sites to implement the curriculum weekly
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
614.253.3910 ext. 3955