AmeriCorps Counselor

Description:

PFEIFER CAMP AMERICORPS PROGRAM

At Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp, our mission is building young lives through innovative education, outdoor recreation, and family involvement with the Pfeifer Camp AmeriCorps Program, Summer Camp, and the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) programs. Through our work with at-risk youth, we have received many local, national, and international awards, and were named a National Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Our director was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2012.
During the school year, AmeriCorps Counselors serve in the local schools as tutors and mentors to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. They lead them in a variety of activities, including team-building initiatives, social/emotional learning, gardening, cooperative games, service learning, etc. During summer AmeriCorps Counselors live at the camp from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon each week, are responsible for up to 12 campers in a cabin, and lead them in all camp activities. AmeriCorps Counselors make lifelong connections with co-counselors, change young lives, and grow individually.
Benefits of AmeriCorps Counselor
Education Award for college, trade school or to pay back qualified student loans ($6,895 full-time)
Living Allowance of $750 every two weeks ($18,000 for full-time members)
Health Insurance and Child Care for full-time members who need it
Qualified Loan Deferment and Interest Forbearance
Professional Development (including First Aid/CPR certification) and personal growth
Connection with a diverse alumni network
Mentorship from industry experts
Building relationships and new perspectives

Duties of AmeriCorps Counselor
Serve in local schools as tutors, mentors and team-building activity specialists
Serve in summer as mentors living in the cabins with a group of campers and a co-counselor
Participate in local service opportunities

Qualifications of AmeriCorps Counselor
Must be a United States citizen, a United States National, or a lawful permanent resident alien
Must be at least 18 years of age
Must pass an Arkansas State Police Criminal History Check, NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Registry) check, an FBI background check, and other possible background checks.

Preferred Qualification of AmeriCorps Counselor
Experience working with youth
Experience in a camp or other residential setting
Experience working in a school setting
Certification in First Aid/CPR and/or lifeguarding
Willingness to learn Spanish

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