Americorps

General Overview of AmeriCorps for 2019-2020 Program Year

Community Mediation Corps (CMC) – CMM’s AmeriCorps Program, engages the community to actualize social change, remove barriers to community mediation, and increase the number of mediations for those who live, work, or attend school in Maryland. We are funded by:

  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)

  • Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV)

  • Community Mediation Maryland

  • Local Community Mediation Center

Position Overview

The AmeriCorps member will serve as a Mediation Services Specialist in a community-based organization. The individual will be responsible for direct service and capacity building efforts. All AmeriCorps member activities will focus on increasing the number of mediations that get to the table.

Scope

Prisoner Re-entry Mediation Specialist – Read a Re-entry Story

School Based Mediation Specialist – Read an Education Story

Youth Police Dialogue Coordinator – Watch the video

This is a 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position. The AmeriCorps service year begins on August 15, 2019, and ends on August 14, 2020.

Benefits

  • A profound and fulfilling experience, through service!
  • 50 hours of Basic Mediation Training, with advanced training opportunities
  • $13,992 Annual Living Allowance
  • $6,095 Education Award
  • Residency Waiver for In State Tuition
  • Health Coverage including vision and dental
  • Mental Health Coverage
  • Child Care Allowance, if eligible
  • Student Loan Forbearance/deferment, if eligible
  • SNAP/Food Stamps Benefits, if eligible
  • Valuable professional and networking opportunities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

AmeriCorps members will:

  • Mediate cases
  • Facilitate workshops
  • Receive 70+ hours of training
  • Organize service projects
  • Conduct presentations about mediation
  • Manage all aspects of case management
  • Report on data and accomplishments
  • Maintain and expand partnerships with Schools, Prisons, and Police Departments

Common Ground

AmeriCorps members, supervisors, and staff, are responsible for providing mediation services with radical inclusivity. While charging time to AmeriCorps we refrain from activities that create barriers for any service beneficiaries. It doesn’t matter who you voted for, who you pray to (or not), what protests you attend, or where you fall on the spectrum of any controversy – AmeriCorps services are inclusive. For more details, please view AmeriCorps Prohibited Activities.

Skills and Attitudes Necessary

  • Take initiative
  • Solve problems
  • Work independently
  • Demonstrate passion for non-violent conflict resolution
  • Build interpersonal relationships/partnerships
  • Welcome Teamwork
  • Willing to learn past comfort zones
  • Committed to National Service
  • Communicate effectively with residents, staff, volunteers, and community groups
  • Familiarity with basic computer operations: email, word-processing, spreadsheets, and basic graphics
  • Access to reliable transportation to and from; service site, trainings, partner sites, and service-related activities
  • Positive attitude
  • Perseverance when faced with organizational or personal challenges

Selection Process

To be considered for the Community Mediation Corps – CMM’s AmeriCorps Program, Please send a resume and cover letter to Hope.Braveheart@gmail.com. Cover letters should include the applicant’s service site preference. Resume’s will be reviewed, and if appropriate, the applicant will be invited to the first of two interviews. If you need more details about this process, community mediation, or the status of your application, please contact Hope.Braveheart@gmail.com or 301-802-9659.

Orientation and Training

Community Mediation Corps – AmeriCorps Program provides approximately 70+ hours of training in community building, mediation, partnership development, data collection and evaluation. Over 50 hours of training is held in the first month of the service year, with quarterly training days throughout the rest of the year. Additional training opportunities may be available through AmeriCorps or the service site.

Supervision and Evaluation

The Site Supervisor provides day-to-day supervision. The Site Supervisor will evaluate the AmeriCorps member’s performance according to Community Mediation Corps – AmeriCorps Program policies. In addition, the AmeriCorps Program Director will provide overall supervision to all AmeriCorps members and Site Supervisors.

Hours

Each AmeriCorps member will serve approximately 40 hours each week. Typical service hours are 9:00 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Some activities and situations may necessitate service beyond the typical hours; members will not be required to, on average, serve more than 40 hours per week. The AmeriCorps member may participate in optional additional trainings or direct service activities at other times.

Location

The AmeriCorps members’ office space is at the local service site and, if available, at partner sites. Program trainings and events will be held at locations throughout Maryland. Please note: locations may not be accessible by public transportation.

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To Fast Track Your Interview (optional)

Recruitment for the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps program year will begin in February, 2019. The term of service begins August 15, 2019 and ends on August 14, 2020. If you would like to be interviewed for a position, CLICK HERE, and complete to following steps:

  • Register with a username and password
  • Complete the on-line application
  • Apply to “2019-2020 Community Mediation Corps”
  • Email Hope Braveheart by clicking here, and let her know at which site you prefer to complete your term of service.

Please do call the help desk if you need technical support through this process. Tel: 1-800-942-2677 or visit https://questions.nationalservice.gov. They really do answer the phone and they are super helpful.

Possible service sites for the 2019-2020 term of service may include:

  • Annapolis – Prisoner Re-entry
  • Baltimore City Prisoner Re-entry & Youth Police Dialogue Circles
  • Bel Air – Prisoner Re-entry & School Based
  • Bethesda – School Based
  • Easton – School Based
  • Elkton – School Based
  • Hagerstown – Prisoner Re-entry
  • Jessup – Prisoner Re-entry
  • Salisbury – Prisoner Re-entry

CNCS Prohibited Activities

2017-2018 AMERICORPS PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

While charging time to the AmeriCorps program, accumulating service or training hours, or otherwise performing activities supported by the AmeriCorps program or CNCS, staff and members may not engage in the following activities (see 45 CFR § 2520.65):

  1. Attempting to influence legislation;
  2. Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes;
  3. Assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing;
  4. Impairing existing contracts for services or collective bargaining agreements;
  5. Engaging in partisan political activities, or other activities designed to influence the outcome of an election to any public office;
  6. Participating in, or endorsing, events or activities that are likely to include advocacy for or against political parties, political platforms, political candidates, proposed legislation, or elected officials;
  7. Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization;
  8. Providing a direct benefit to—
    a. a business organized for profit;
    b. a labor union;
    c. a partisan political organization;
    d. a nonprofit organization that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 related to engaging in political activities or substantial amount of lobbying except that nothing in these provisions shall be construed to prevent participants from engaging in advocacy activities undertaken at their own initiative; and e. an organization engaged in the religious activities described in paragraph C. 7. above, unless CNCS assistance is not used to support those religious activities;
  9. Conducting a voter registration drive or using CNCS funds to conduct a voter registration drive;
  10. Providing abortion services or referrals for receipt of such services; and
  11. Such other activities as CNCS may prohibit.

AmeriCorps members may not engage in the above activities directly or indirectly by recruiting, training, or managing others for the primary purpose of engaging in one of the activities listed above. Individuals may exercise their rights as private citizens and may participate in the activities listed above on their initiative, on non-AmeriCorps time, and using non-CNCS funds.

GOSV Policy: Grantees (organizations that host AmeriCorps members) must include a copy of, and training on, the AmeriCorps prohibited activities in member and site supervisor orientation/training at the beginning of the year. Compliance with the prohibited activities must be monitored throughout the program year.