AmeriCorps LEAP Initiative
Members are matched to Head Start and other early childhood programs to provide 1:1 social-emotional skill support for children needing stronger foundation in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision making (foundational EQ). Members build positive relationships with children and staff during first 30 days of classroom observation and then begin MindUP lessons that build positive and effective social skills using breath and movement to calm minds and bodies; time to practice recognizing and regulating emotions; and books to develop curiosity and build interactive confidence with verbal expression within the classroom environment. Members are role models for positive relationships that encourages growth and achievement of children in classroom, and connection with parents/caregivers through Reading Rocks! monthly book gifts to encourage routine reading at home to strengthen child/adult bonding, expand word awareness and deepen word knowledge for Kindergarten success. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.
Member Duties : Observe children interacting in classroom and develop strategies and interventions to build social interaction skills; educate children on emotions, calming techniques and self-regulation skills to promote a positive learning experience and the development of empathy. Connect families to books and resources in community, coordinate site events to engage families in fun and meaningful activities and promote routine reading at home for bonding and building word awareness for school success. Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible , Health Coverage , Training , Education award upon successful completion of service , Living Allowance . Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours . Service Areas :
Children/Youth , Health , Education , Community Outreach . Skills :
Teaching/Tutoring , Education , Leadership , Team Work , Youth Development .