Kentucky College Coaches AmeriCorps Program

The Berea College Externally Sponsored Programs office is now recruiting for twelve AmeriCorps College Coaches positions in local schools. Members will work with high schools students to improve college access and readiness. We are currently recruiting for positions in Breathitt County, Estill County, Lee County, Leslie County, Knott County, Knox County, Madison County (Berea and Richmond), Perry County and Pulaski County.

Kentucky College Coaches serve as AmeriCorps members for ten months and receive a modest living allowance ($12,100 per service term), an education award ($5,550), healthcare benefits and childcare assistance. Requirements for AmeriCorps service include proof of citizenship or permanent residency, a clean federal background check and a clear sexual predator check. The College Coaches positions also require a bachelor’s degree.

The Kentucky College Coaches program is a collaborative effort between Northern Kentucky University, Berea College, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), Kentucky Area Technology Centers and GEAR UP Kentucky.  For more information about the program visit www.berea.edu/esp/kentucky-college-coaches.asp. To apply for a position, visit the national AmeriCorps website at www.americorps.gov and search for the Kentucky College Coaches position description by selecting ‘education’ as your interest area and ‘Kentucky’ as your service location.

For more information about the positions coordinated by Berea College email Heather Dufour at heather_dufour@berea.edu.

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The Kentucky College Coaches AmeriCorps Program (KCC), implemented in the 2010-11 school year, is a collaborative effort between Northern Kentucky University, Berea College, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), Kentucky Area Technology Centers and GEAR UP Kentucky.

Kentucky College Coaches maintains that all students deserve equal access to educational opportunities. The goal of KCC is to ensure that students, especially typically underserved students – first generation college-going, low-income, and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to make educated decisions and plans for their future.

Kentucky College Coaches seeks to operate as a statewide initiative. Using primarily a near-peer model of advising, KCC endeavors to establish an active pipeline of current and relevant information and know-how in the college-going process. Drawing on expertise from professionals in the fields of education, higher education, financial institutions, state and government agencies, coaches will present highly relevant, pointed information that will enable students to leave high school with solid plans and goals to secure their own success and success for the state of Kentucky.
As a statewide initiative, KCC enlists the support of both state and local organizations and businesses, garnering relationships that can help motivate students and propel them into a productive future, thereby strengthening Kentucky’s workforce, and developing its economy.  These partnerships also work to serve coaches, as they gain training and relationships acquired through KCC, in order to establish a strong network of beneficial and influential support, and ultimately strong and impactful individuals who remain dedicated to the state of Kentucky.

As Kentucky College Coaches, members join the larger network of AmeriCorps Members, whose passion and dedication to service and people join them in a common cause of volunteerism. AmeriCorps Members, in return for their dedicated service, receive a living stipend, and at the end of a full-time commitment, an Education Award (currently $5,350).

AmeriCorps Service 101

AmeriCorps programs are an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The goal of AmeriCorps is to meet pressing, unmet needs through service and to renew the ethic of civic responsibility among our citizens. As AmeriCorps helps to develop more active citizens, communities are strengthened throughout the country. A fundamental purpose of AmeriCorps is to help recruit, support, and manage the vast networks of volunteers and AmeriCorps members assisting nonprofit organizations in meeting community needs.

The three pillars of the Kentucky College Access Network’s (OCAN) AmeriCorps College Guide Program are community service, community strengthening, and member development – each of these is equally important.

KCC Mission Statement and Explanation

The mission of Kentucky College Coaches is to increase the college-going rate of Kentucky students by establishing a statewide pipeline of advisors who assist low-income and first generation students in gaining awareness and information about college preparation, admission and financial aid as early as possible.

In order to carry out this mission effectively, performance measures will be established with the State, as required by the Corporation.  In the upcoming year, the Corporation is requiring “standardized performance measures” in a pilot stage, to some of its programs.  OCAN is not required to participate in the standardized performance measure pilot.  While OCAN’s Need & Service Activities Performance Measure has been completed, the Participant Development and Volunteer Generation Performance Measures have not been made yet.  Once established, host sites will be responsible for shaping their program around these goals and measures, and will be responsible to report quarterly to OCAN on the progress toward completion of the goals.

Following are the 2009-2010 performance measures that were established with the State.  We anticipate performance measures for the 2010-2011 program year to be similar, but with much larger numbers and perhaps under different category names.  OCAN will confirm this information with each host site once we receive final word from the State.

AmeriCorps Service, Elgibility and Provisions

  1. To be eligible to serve with AmeriCorps, applicants must be at least 17 years old and have a high school diploma, or promise to obtain one. For the Kentucky College Coaches, applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, applicants must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.
  2. Documentation of eligibility for each applicant’s file is necessary. A member file checklist and the corresponding forms, in addition to members’ eligibility documentation, will be housed at the Kentucky College Coaches office.
  3. All members working in School Districts with direct contact with students must undergo and clear both a state and federal background check (BCI/FBI). Generally, this can be done in the assigned school district.  Background check results should be maintained in your member’s personnel file.
  4. Members must also clear a sexual predator check. Searches can be made through the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website: http://www.nsopr.gov/. Sufficient documentation is a printout confirming that the member does not have a match in the database.  This check is completed by Kentucky College Coaches on each applicant during their initial application process; however, each host site should also conduct this check on the Member’s at their site.

Member Benefits

Living Allowance
In return for their commitment to service, AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance of $12,100 or $1,210 monthly for 10 months. As this living allowance is not a wage, grantees must not pay the stipend on an hourly basis. Members will receive the living allowance on a bi-weekly basis.  KCC will administer the payroll for all AmeriCorps Kentucky College Coaches.

The Education Award
The Education Award is an award provided to a member who has successfully completed a required term of service in an approved national service position and who otherwise meets the eligibility criteria in the Act. An education award may be used: (1) to repay qualified student loans, (2) toward educational expenses at a Title IV Institution of Higher Education; and (3) toward expenses incurred in participating in school-to-work programs approved by the Secretaries of Labor and Education. The amount of the award is determined by the number of hours completed.  Since Kentucky College Coaches are full-time, 10-month AmeriCorps positions, the Education Award for the 2012-2013 program year will be $5,550.

Health Insurance
Grantees must provide health care coverage that provides the minimum benefits determined by the Corporation. This coverage is secured and administrated by KCC.

Childcare Enrollment 
The Corporation for National and Community Service will provide child care through an eligible provider or a child care allowance to those full-time participants who need child care in order to participate. The Corporation will pay 100 percent of the child care allowance, or, if the program provides child care through an eligible provider, the actual cost of the care or the amount of the allowance, whichever is less.

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