Branches is one of the most unique after school programs because we not only help our children and youth become better students, but we also help them become better people. Yes, making sure our kids are reading at grade level and improving their grades is a major focus of what we do. However, we’ve also cultivated programs serving the children and youth of Miami that is loving, supportive, and uplifting.
Our AmeriCorps members serve side by side with our staff and volunteers in our child and youth programs. Our members engage low income children, youth and families to help improve academic performance through the planning, developing and leading of educational sessions. Our members provide direct service in the form of mentoring, tutoring, homework assistance and more. To review a more comprehensive list of our member service, please read our Member Position Description.
The impact our members make in our communities is invaluable. Truly, there is no amount of compensation that can reward them for answering the call to serve. However, those who serve with us will receive:
- Bi-Weekly Living Allowance
- Minimum Essential Healthcare Coverage
- $5,920 Segal Education Award (upon completion of the program year)
- Eligibility to defer student loan(s)
- Eligibility to apply for food stamp assistance
- Eligibility to apply for child care benefits
AmeriCorps is more than just an individual experience; it’s a commitment members make to serve their community. Therefore, all members are required to:
- Commit to serve a minimum of 1,700 hours*
- Commit to a flexible schedule: late morning- evening hours and some weekends
- Uphold the AmeriCorps Pledge
- Commit to wearing the AmeriCorps gear daily which will be provided
To ensure our members are fully equipped with the necessary tools to have a successful service year, all members are required to attend mandatory trainings before and during their service year. Those trainings include CPR/First Aide, Diversity, Introduction to Disaster, Disability, Citizenship, Professional Development and more.
- One week of “Pre-service” Orientation Training – beginning August 6 -10, 2018
- One week of “on-service” training – beginning August 13-17, 2018
- Quarterly Professional Development & Leadership Trainings
Interested? Click here to apply!
For more information about AmeriCorps National Programs, please visit their website.
“National Service is important because it takes you out of your comfort zone and opens your eyes to so much more that you would normally take for granted.” Meet Kwabena, a second year Team Leader & LeaderCorps Co-Chair who serves at Branches Florida City. Kwabena loves working with our little ones (and they love working with him!) and motivates them to be the best version of themselves every single day.
Ariel, a third year Team Leader at Branches Lakeview #GetThingsDone every single day for our students and community. National service is important to her because “it gives students the opportunity nationwide to have access to people such as myself, which advocate to break generational poverty and build young scholars.”
Meet Amanda, a first year AmeriCorps member at Branches South Miami. When asked about her service she said “Although, I might not see the results right away, and think that my contribution is small compared to the needs we have in the community, I know that my mentorship will guide my students to make good decisions.” We are so grateful for all that you do Amanda!
Meet Nathalie, a first year AmeriCorps member at Branches Lakeview who #GetsThingsDone “by investing in our future generations of this nation….. Those that we serve are future Presidents, teachers, and leaders and we are equipping them with what they need to succeed.”
Matt, a second year AmeriCorps member, #GetsThingsDone at Branches South Miami every day. Whether it is helping a student with homework or teaching someone a new sport, Matt is always there for our kids. Our students look up to him and learn so much.
Branches provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.