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Early Childhood Literacy Mentor (AmeriCorps Member serving with UWNNS)

Reno, NV

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Not applicable
Part time, Temporary
no work experience required
High School Diploma

Published on 3 Sep 2021

Expires on 3 Sep 2021

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Early Childhood Literacy Mentor (AmeriCorps Member serving with UWNNS)

Service Term 09/07/2021-06/08/2022; Average Weekly Hours: 18.5


Program: United Readers AmeriCorps Program with United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) located in Washoe County. The mission of UWNNS is to link the community's will and resources to improve lives in northern Nevada. UWNNS is committed to early childhood literacy. The goal of the program is to provide literacy acquisition support to early learners in order to improve third grade reading scores.

Term of Service: Monday through Friday 3.5 hours/day during weekdays in an office or preschool setting. Member serves September 7, 2021 through June 8, 2022. Members will serve at UWNNS and preschools/partner organizations.

Purpose of Member Position Summary:

Members will assist children aged 0-5 and their families both in person and virtually, with literacy acquisition and kindergarten readiness skills. Using pre-determined curriculum and lesson plans, Members will conduct lessons and activities with small groups of children and their families during family literacy sessions. Sessions will be six weeks in length and a minimum of five sessions will occur throughout the service year. Members will attend and lead tabling events for families and children with partner organizations as well as provide outreach and services virtually to rural communities. Members will also lead literacy learning and kindergarten readiness sessions in a 1:1 setting with children 5 and younger. These sessions will support the program’s goal of improving third grade reading scores in northern Nevada.

Descriptions of Duties:

Primary or essential functions include: lead small groups of children 0-5 and their families/caregivers through pre-determined lessons and activities in 1-hour sessions for six weeks; lead 1:1 learning sessions with children under 5; attend all training and service events; collaborate with partner organizations to determine tabling events to expand reach of the program utilizing the same activities and lessons from family literacy sessions and training; communicate with families based upon child’s assessed needs; provide a safe and respectful learning space for children and families; deliver and score pre- and post- assessments and surveys; communicate with staff; AmeriCorps Program Director, and Members; and professionally represent and be an ambassador for the United Readers Program, AmeriCorps, and UWNNS. Members will assist and fill in for learning sessions with elementary children.

Secondary or non-essential functions: lead and utilize volunteers to implement reading and activities; lead, organize, and participate in AmeriCorps Day of Caring project(s); maintain learning space and materials; collect and report program statistics; maintain Member Reflection Journals and supplementals from training; communicate student needs and engagement ideas to families; and identify and discuss problems or areas for program and experience improvement, make suggestions, and collaboratively develop solutions.


AmeriCorps Members who successfully complete a term of service are eligible for a Segal Education Award in the amount of $2,417.14. Members are eligible for federal student loan forbearance during service. Members receive a modest living allowance of $265 bi-weekly during the length of service.

Members will receive two weeks of training and orientation at the start of service and continued training and professional development throughout the academic school year in accordance with the Washoe County School District calendar. Members will be informally observed monthly and formally evaluated mid-term and towards the end of the term of service. Observations, accountability for timesheets and reporting requirements, participation and performance in training and service days, and general position requirements will be evaluated.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply, all duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. No persons involved with the program will discriminate based on actual or perceived race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or disability. This position has recurring access to vulnerable populations. This position does not duplicate work of previous or existing employees or volunteers, supplant the hiring of workers, or include services or duties that have been performed or were performed by a current employee, an employee that has resigned or was discharged, an employee subject to reduction in force, or an employee who is on leave.


Members must have a high school degree or equivalent. Candidates must be able to perform services during the school day. Members should be interested in or have experience with education or a related field, a community and service mindset, and be willing to learn. Members should be adaptable and creative while planning and delivering services. Must have a desire to work with small children and be able to explain lessons and activities clearly and effectively. Position requires patience and collaboration with other Members and staff as well as through Microsoft and Google suites. Experience with young children and child development is encouraged but not required. Reliable transportation is highly recommended.

Successful candidates must agree to conform to the AmeriCorps dress code and complete a National Sex Offender Public Website check and National Service Criminal History Check. Successful applicants agree to confirm eligibility according to the member eligibility requirements (45 CFR 2522.200(a))

*All positions are dependent upon continued grant funding.

Job Types: Part-time, Temporary

Pay: $5,300.00 per year

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