Organization Overview: Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is an educational nonprofit organization with a statewide scope. CYC addresses barriers to learning by providing individualized supports throughout pivotal stages of students’ education journeys. We provide a continuum of services from Prekindergarten through high school to help students find success through tutoring, case management, and outreach to help in-school youth remain in school or out-of-school youth return to school. We envision an equitable education system where each student has access to the resources they need to maximize their own learning and growth.
Organizational Evolution: Over the past two and a half years, CYC has stepped up to lead education recovery efforts due to the pandemic, not only expanding its reach to more school districts and students but also tripling its budget and learning how to deploy resources quickly. This is an exciting time to join the team, as the organization has grown, developed a new mission and vision, created a three-year strategic plan, and positions itself to respond to many incredible opportunities to support students.
Colorado Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program with the mission of ensuring that all students in Colorado are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Colorado Reading Corps is replicated from the successful Minnesota Reading Corps. The Reading Corps program combines the power of national service with literacy science to deliver proven approaches that help struggling learners transform into confident students – something that translates into all areas of their lives.
Because Reading Corps tutors are in schools full-time, they are providing consistent, daily tutoring, which is why this model has a greater impact on student success. Tutors commit to a term of service and receive rigorous training plus ongoing expert literacy coaching throughout the year. With the use of rich data assessments, they ensure their efforts produce the desired results – helping children achieve grade-level reading proficiency.
This is an AmeriCorps service member position within an AmeriCorps program, Colorado Reading Corps. The K-3 Elementary Literacy Tutor is placed at one elementary school to provide supplemental practice to children in kindergarten through third grade to develop their reading skills. The tutor will use scripted, evidence-based literacy interventions as guided by coaches and will conduct weekly 1-minute assessments to ensure each student is on track to read at grade level.
Students make the most progress when you are there, so our tutors serve during school hours and are needed for the entire school year. The position is full-time (35- 40 hours per week), with school breaks and holidays off. This position begins on October 16th,2023 and ends on May 31st, 2024.
Early Literacy Intervention and Assessment
HOURS AND TERM OF SERVICE
Members are required to serve full-time (35-40 hours a week), during a typical school schedule. Daily hours are usually within the time frame of 7:30am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. However, this can be flexible depending on the needs of the site and/or the member. Members?have off during school breaks or holidays when the students are not in school. Members may attend site-sponsored activities (e.g., family night).
This schedule format will help you meet your 900 hour requirement between October 16th, 2023 and May 31st, 2024. Members are required to commit to the full term of service. Members are required to participate in regular team meetings via Zoom. On August 14th, members will begin their term of service with two weeks of orientation via Zoom, and begin in their school after completing training.
Members will participate in a two-week onboarding training at the beginning of their service term. Currently, all of orientation is completed online. Members will participate in Zoom meetings, interactive trainings, and self-directed learning projects. During orientation, members will be trained on equitable student support, individualized student support strategies, mandated reporting, data entry, and more. Members will complete their Reading Corps Institute training during orientation. Members will participate in ongoing professional development trainings facilitated by CYC staff and through community partners of CYC at least twice per month. Members will also participate in professional development opportunities at their service sites which vary depending on the site.
CYC AmeriCorps members will be placed at one school during their term of service. Placement will be determined based on the preferences of the member, needs of the member and the needs of the school. Typically, member location and mode of transportation are the biggest consideration. Although members are placed at one school, there will be regular opportunities to connect as a larger team with your fellow Reading Corps members. Service locations sites are located throughout the state of Colorado.
Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC) is committed to inclusion and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, national origin, age 40 and over, religion, disability, or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law.
We will make reasonable accommodation for otherwise qualified individuals with known disabilities or whose service requirements interfere with a religious belief unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or a direct threat to CYC. Please contact Human Resources at 303.292.2779 to request accommodation or for questions/concerns regarding this policy.