Spend 11-months serving full-time with a positive youth development program in Pierce County. Receive a living allowance, education award, benefits, and personal and professional coaching. Individuals who have lived experience or identities that relate to youth involved in the justice system as strongly encouraged to apply.
The Imagine Justice Project is one of many AmeriCorps programs across the United States. AmeriCorps members are national service volunteers. They serve in time-limited terms in over 2,000 organizations across in over 40,000 locations. Nationally, AmeriCorps members support a variety of efforts from youth development, to environmental stewardship, and disaster preparedness. By joining AmeriCorps, you are committed to improving lives and strengthening communities through service.
Am I eligible to serve?
To be eligible for AmeriCorps service with the Imagine Justice Project you must meet the following minimum requirements.
· Age 18 or older upon start of service term
· High School Diploma or equivalent upon start of service term, OR agree to obtain diploma or equivalent prior to using Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
· US Citizen or permanent resident
· Commitment to building skills and knowledge related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
· Ability to travel to service site(s) as well as other training or activity locations across Pierce County
· Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination
The Imagine Justice Project values individuals with lived experience that relates to the clients and communities we serve. All AmeriCorps positions are subject to the National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC) process. Applicants who do not consent or provide false information are not eligible to serve in an AmeriCorps position. Additionally, any applicant who has been convicted of murder, or who is registered or required to be registered on any sexual offender registry will also be disqualified from any AmeriCorps service position.
Certain positions have additional requirements and criminal history stipulations. Please refer to position descriptions for more information.
We partner with a variety of community organizations to host Imagine Justice AmeriCorps team members. You will serve at one primary site, and will also participate in trainings and activities with the Imagine Justice AmeriCorps team. Each of the host site organizations offer a different focus for AmeriCorps member activities and responsibilities.
Explore Current Host Site Organizations:
· Prairie Ridge Community Coalition
While each of the host site organizations offers a different focus for AmeriCorps member activities and responsibilities. Most positions serve approximately 40-hours per week, and include direct service to youth or young adults.
Explore the position descriptions below:
Please note that depending on time of application, not all positions will be open.
· Oasis Youth Center
When can I serve?
· Typically, service terms are approximately 11-months beginning in late August and ending in mid-July. If there are still unfilled positions then members may be permitted to join late and serve a reduced service term upon mutual agreement with the host site organization. Unfilled positions can be viewed above.
AmeriCorps members build skills and professional experience while strengthening communities and making the difference in the lives of youth and young adults in Pierce County. They have access to a variety of benefits during and following their service term:
· Living allowance during service (ranges from $18,000 to $23,000 depending on position)
· Education award of approximately $6,495 for successful completion of service term
· Healthcare insurance during service
· Member assistance program benefits during service
· Childcare assistance during service for eligible members
· Optional student loan forbearance
· Personal and professional development coaching, with a focus on youth development and social justice
How do I apply?
· The application process begins with filling out this application form, or by clicking the Apply Now button below, and submitting your most recent resume
· After you submit your form, someone will reach out to you, usually in 3-5 business days, to schedule your initial phone screening. The phone screening takes 15-30 minutes. The purpose of the phone screening is to go over details of the program and determine which host site organizations might be the best fit for you
· After your phone screening, you will have an interview with one or more host site organizations. If both you and the host site organization think it is a good fit, then you will move into enrollment.
· The enrollment process includes your criminal history screening and registration with the national AmeriCorps portal. During this time, we collect information needed for payroll and healthcare enrollment if you opt-in to coverage. We also make sure you have all the information you need to be prepared for orientation.
· Member orientation is usually 3-5 days long. It marks your first official day of service, and takes place before you begin at your host site organization. It focuses on training, team building, and setting you up for a successful service term.