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Americorps Member - Mentor

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Montgomery County, Greater Baltimore County Area, Baltimore City, Howard County, Greenbelt, MD, Other
Categories: Service Learning


 The Choice Program

The Choice Program at UMBC provides mentoring and advocacy services to young people--primarily Black and Latinx-- throughout central Maryland. We utilize a community-based, family-centered approach in order to promote quality outcomes for young people and families. We engage in a collaborative process of service: where young people set goals for themselves and are held accountable by supportive adults along the way. Our approach to youth development is grounded in applied critical race theory and culturally responsive, trauma-informed, restorative practices. We strive to be an anti-racist organization grounded in several core values: holistic development, the belief in humans, dismantling hierarchies, and youth-centeredness.

The Choice Program is a proud partner of AmeriCorps and the Governor's Office of Service and Volunteerism as an AmeriCorps service partner. AmeriCorps is a national direct service program, where participants complete 1700 service hours over the course of one-year as mentors for young people and their families. For AmeriCorps members (ACMs) serving on the Mentoring team, those 1700 service hours are completed in direct service to help disentangle young people from the youth legal system through service planning.


With the guidance of your supervisor, Americorp Members serve on a team to mentor up to 30 young people through service planning and activities. ACMs advocate for young people in court, school, and the community. ACMs are responsible for managing data and writing legal reports. ACMs work with youth to develop goals and connect them with opportunities by planning and leading cultural, recreational, and civic activities. This is an entry-level position that is perfect for anyone who is looking to grow their professional experience through supporting our state's young people. Success for an AmeriCorps member serving with The Choice Program isn't just the completion of 1700 service hours, it's the building of relationships and the growth of oneself.

ACMs serve on teams throughout Baltimore City, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties.

During their service term, all AmeriCorps members are eligible for health insurance, student loan forbearance, networking and professional development opportunities in the education, policy, legal and non-profit sectors as well as access to select state assistance programs and some UMBC benefits. After the successful completion of their 1700 service hours, members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $6,495 in funding for members to use towards tuition payment or qualified student loan repayment at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing direct case management services. 

  • Transporting youth on your caseload. This may look like trips to and from enrichment activities, providing rides to important appointments, meetings and interviews.  Driving the Choice passenger van as needed to transport youth. 
  • Each member is scheduled to serve up to 12 days per month to respond to our 24/7 support line. This is often phone/text-based support, however, can include meeting a fellow AmeriCorps member or youth in-person.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Bachelor's degree in any field.  Substitution of experience for the degree requirement is permitted on a year for year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience. Examples:  Associate's degree and two years of full-time experience or a High School Diploma/GED and four years of full-time experience. 


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work individually and with a team

  • Evening and weekend availability 

  • Must have legally-registered vehicle for service use, valid state driver’s license and required automobile insurance

  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency required

  • Commitment to 1 year service requirement

Preferred Qualifications:  Conversational Spanish speaking ability preferred.
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Resume and references required. Cover letter encouraged.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Applications are accepted and screened on an ongoing basis.  

Multiple positions are available.  Additional AmeriCorps opportunities in other Choice programs are also available. Please visit The Choice Program website for information.  

Salary: $28,000/year and Education Award of $6,495 after the completion of 1700 service hours by the end of 12-month contract.
Additional Benefits: Additional benefits such as mileage reimbursement, loan forbearance, & health insurance available.  

More information about benefits can be found at my.americorps.gov

Hours: Full-time (Position typically requires 40+ hours per week).  Evening and weekend hours required. 
Type: Contractual
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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