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AmeriCorps Members helping to distribute food to IISTL clients on MLK service day.

The International Institute has been a participating organization in AmeriCorps program for over 10 years. Each spring we post openings for positions that begin in August. Being an AmeriCorps member is another way that you can help.

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. Find out more about AmeriCorps.

 

2021-2022 AmeriCorps VISTA Opening

International Institute CDC – Outreach & Data VISTA

The Outreach & Data VISTA will support the integration of new Americans by promoting services targeted to lift them out of poverty, increasing volunteer support, and linking to a support network of grassroots groups

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2021-2022 AmeriCorps State Opening

Why become an AmeriCorps service member?

Come together to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.

AmeriCorps is an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to strengthen communities. As an AmeriCorps service member, you can help make the world a better place while building professional skills. You will learn teamwork, leadership, responsibility and other essential skills that will help you for the rest of your life personally and professionally. And you will gain the personal satisfaction of taking on challenges and seeing results.

A full-time member agrees to serve a minimum of 1,720 hours within one full year. This will take an average of 40 hours/week. Full-time members are issued a living allowance of $15,100 (pre-tax) in equal bi-weekly payments. Upon successful completion of 1,720 hours of service, the AmeriCorps member qualifies for a $6,345 education award in the form of a voucher, and can be used to repay qualified student loans or to pay toward the cost of attending a Title IV institution of higher education. Additional benefits of being a member include health insurance and childcare subsidy.

Positions

International Institute-Immigration Services
The Immigration Services member will assist clients in scheduling immigration appointments, staff immigration pre-screening times 3x weekly, assess client for immigration specific eligibility and inform client of documents needed for specific immigration need. Collect fees and schedule client with immigration specialist on staff. Collect and review USCIS mail; with guidance from immigration specialist staff, follow-up with clients regarding USCIS mail and requests for additional information. In addition, this Member will set up appointments on staff calendars in Outlook for immigration, receive calls for immigration staffs and call back clients. This member will also assist staff in picking new arrivals up from airport, assist in purchasing 1st meal for arrivals, provide grocery orientation, assist with home visits and orientation

International Institute – Employment Services
The EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AMERICORPS will help immigrant clients build job readiness skills by assisting with completing job applications, designing resumes, providing one-on-one mock job interviews and assisting with client transportation. The Member will also be responsible for updating and maintaining the client employment tracking list, teaching hotel housekeeping and restaurant dishwashing classes, teaching Job Readiness class and coordinating employment events for newly arrived job seekers, just hired clients and career pathways participants. If no access to a vehicle, then Member required to get Class E license in order to operate agency vehicles

International Institute-Economic Development
The ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AMERICORPS will outreach to clients, maintain files, support and coordinate intake and technical assistance service for clients, coordinate client assistance from volunteer professionals, provide support to Individual Development and Micro-enterprise clients, administer tax client survey and coordinate free tax services. College degree with emphasis on business, finance and/or entrepreneurship preferred

International Institute-Education
The EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AmeriCorps will assist with volunteer recruitment, training, retention, satisfaction and appreciation for Education Dept. programs; outreach, recruitment and retention of students for Citizenship programs; coordinate mock citizenship interviews and other assessment activities; maintain schedule of Citizenship program activities and assist with the planning of Education Dept. special events. This position will be instrumental in forwarding the effort of increasing English fluency and ensuring successful achievement of citizenship through specialized programming

International Institute-Medical & Cultural Orientation
The Medical, Childcare and Cultural Orientation Member will assist clients in scheduling medical appointments. Additionally, Member will schedule interpreters and transportation for client appointments. Member will teach Cultural Orientation (CO) to newly arrived refugees. Duties for CO will be to create client attendance list, facilitate weekly meetings, schedule interpreters, and administer curriculum assessment as well as document client attendance, review and update curriculum as needed. Member will assist staff in picking new arrivals up from airport, provide grocery orientation, assist with home visits and orientation. Member will assist families in enrolling their school age children in the St. Louis Public Schools and provide daycare assistance by helping families in selecting and enrolling their pre-school age children into daycare. Assist in completing public assistance applications including Food Stamps, Medicaid, Cash Assistance, WIC and Daycare as assigned.

International Institute-Social Work Department
Serving clients with special needs, the SOCIAL WORK DEPT. AmeriCorps will assist clients in scheduling medical appointments, arranging transportation, accompanying clients to appointments, providing support and assistance advocating for clients with service providers. The Member will teach clients how to utilize public transportation, advocate for themselves at appointments, refill and obtain medications and access community services and resources. Member will also help with Elderly Services activities and events. Having a degree in Social Work is not a requirement for this position.

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