RECOGNIZING INCREASED SKILLS IN EDUCATION" (RISE) is a
grant-funded AmeriCorps Program, requiring a one-year commitment
from the AmeriCorps member to serve between the dates of August 1,
2021 and July 31, 2022. Part-time members are required to serve 900
hours. AmeriCorps members may serve more than one service year, not
to exceed four service years. AmeriCorps members serving in the
RISE Program, titled "RISE Program Specialists", facilitate a
skill-based curriculum in a group setting, to adjudicated youth,
ages 12-18, focusing on educational skill development. However,
AmeriCorps members may also be requested to serve youth on an
individual basis, specific to the youth needs. As skill development
takes time, there will be additional support provided to youth 3 to
6 months after completion of the curriculum. Benefits AmeriCorps
members are not considered state employees and will not receive
benefits as do other state employees.
Members are eligible to receive the following benefits:
- Living Stipend: o A monthly living stipend of $866 for
half-time members. The living stipend is not considered a salary or
wage per AmeriCorps federal regulations.
- Segal Education Award: o Upon successful completion of the
Member's term of National Service, the Member will receive an
education award from the National Service Trust in the amount of
$3,172.50. The award can be used to pay for college or vocational
school, to pay back qualified student loans, or in some cases can
be transferred to children or grandchildren.
- Student Loan Forbearance and Payment of Interest Accrued on
Qualified Student Loans: o Members may be eligible to have the
repayment of their qualified student loans postponed while serving
(loan forbearance). Upon successful completion of a term of service
the National Service Trust will pay, on behalf of the borrower, all
or a portion of the interest that accrued on a qualified student
loan during the Member's term of service.
- Professional Development
- Alumni Network
Examples of Work
The AmeriCorps member primarily focuses on teaching youth
educational based skills, such as goal setting, motivation,
organization, study skills and test taking strategies with the
assistance of a pre-written curriculum. Groups are held in either
the school, probation office, or other community site. AmeriCorps
members are also responsible for collecting and submitting data
variables relating to school attendance for grant defined
performance measures. AmeriCorps members will be required to attend
and participate in AmeriCorps national service events and specific
Nebraska Probation trainings. AmeriCorps members will also have
opportunities to participate in additional trainings throughout
their service year for professional development purposes (i.e.
juvenile justice/education related conferences and various webinars
related to service activities).
Qualifications / Requirements
- Must be a U.S Citizen or a permanent resident.
- AmeriCorps members must submit to a criminal background check
that includes FBI Fingerprinting, National Record Check, National
Sex Offender Registry and State Criminal Background Check.
AmeriCorps members are encouraged to have completed 48 hours of
college coursework from an accredited college in social sciences,
criminal justice, education or other related fields, which can be
substituted with related work experience. Bachelor's degree in
social sciences, criminal justice, education or related fields
preferred. The ability to speak Spanish is desired, but not
Enrollment in the program is contingent on the results of a
National Service Criminal History Check. Knowledge, Skills and
Read and write proficiently in English. Communicate effectively
in both verbal and written correspondence with all fellow
AmeriCorps members, Nebraska State Probation staff, school
officials, and community stakeholders. Possess basic computer
skills and accurate record keeping abilities. Be able to serve up
to 20 hours per week, exhibiting a strong work ethic and passion
for volunteerism, with consistent attendance and dependability.