Gardiner Main Street is working to increase opportunities and activities in our downtown for youth in our community. To help support these efforts we have been awarded a 6-month full time AmeriCorps Main Street Fellow position through the Maine Downtown Center.
If you, or someone you know is passionate about our youth, equality in our community, and looking to develop real-world skills through hands-on volunteer service you can learn more in the link below. Position includes childcare assistance if eligible, education award upon successful completion of service, health coverage, living allowance, student loan forbearance and training.
The following is information on the AmeriCorps service year online listing. Learn more, and view complete information at: https://serviceyear.org/mdf/main-street-fellow/2Xjp7J/ Application Deadline is August 31, 2021 for service from October 4, 2021 - August 31, 2021.
The Youth Action Main Street AmeriCorps Fellow will split their time between a project in Rockland for the first half of their Service Year, and a project in Gardiner for the second half. Both projects have a youth engagement focus.
In Rockland the Fellow will support the newly established Youth Action Team, a standing committee designed to provide youth with the opportunity to engage with local businesses, retailers, institutions, restaurants, and City officials to help shape Rockland’s future. Utilizing a systems approach, the Fellow will work with Rockland Main Street staff and volunteers to lead students in developing and implementing placemaking, programming, and community building strategies to add resilience to Rockland’s downtown, incorporating student voice and perspective into all aspects of Rockland Main Street’s work. The desired outcomes of this project are to increase equity downtown, create a more welcoming community, as well as increase the social capital of the youth in Rockland. The key role of the Fellow in this project will be to spearhead the Youth Action Team by serving as Co-Chair of the Committee along with a student. The central responsibilities of this position are as follows:
• Serving as the intermediary between the students on the Committee and the rest of the organization/volunteers, and other stakeholders as necessary
• Supporting the students in developing the committee’s work plans and implementing them
• Conducting stakeholder interviews with youth in the community
• Working directly with the Youth Alliance (previously the After School Alliance), a collective of organizations that support and engage with Rockland area youth
In Gardiner, the Fellow will focus on youth outreach and engagement to increase diversity, equity and inclusion of those represented in downtown Gardiner. The Fellow will be the primary connection between younger people and Gardiner Main Street, working with a coalition of youth-based organizations and groups in the area to form a youth action team. The Fellow will lead the youth action team to identify existing barriers and opportunities to overcome them. The Fellow will guide the group in developing actionable initiatives which will result in implementing projects in the downtown. The Fellow will document and report on group activities to the Executive Director, and also conduct post activity surveys to evaluate results as well as create supporting documents and marketing materials. The goal is to develop a sustainable model to continue this work beyond the Fellow’s term at Gardiner Main Street.
$1100 - $1300 monthly
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training
- Professional development through custom trainings and mentorship. - Health benefits are provided if Fellows are not already covered. - Childcare allowance will be provided if the Fellow is eligible. - Upon successful completion of the Fellow’s full-term of service, they will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award educational award in the amount of $6,195 in the National Service Trust. - Upon enrollment and acceptance into the program, the Fellow is eligible for forbearance of any qualified federal student loans. For Fellows receiving forbearance on a qualified student loan during the term of service, the National Service Trust will repay a portion or all of the interest that accrued on the loan during the term of service if the Fellow successfully completes the term of service. - Networking with other like-minded professionals and organizations. - Complimentary registration to MDF events.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
Community & Nonprofit Development, Economic Security
Combination of direct and indirect service
Indoor and Outdoor
Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, National Nonprofit/Affiliate
Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities