All positions are based in our Birmingham office. Most require travel within the State of Alabama.
Blueprints College Access Initiative AmeriCorps*Vista Position Description
Program Description: Alabama Possible’s Blueprints College Access Initiative connects 21st century high school students and their families with resources and relationships so they are equipped to graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
Blueprints uses a “near peer” mentoring model by engaging college students as mentors for high school students. College students demystify the college-going process and connect high school students with an information-rich network of supportive coaches who can help them make structured decisions and navigate the college admissions process.
Blueprints utilizes a “near peer” mentoring model by engaging college students as mentors for high school students. College students demystify the college-going process and connect high school students with an information-rich network of supportive coaches who can help them make structured decisions and navigate the college admissions process.
9th Grade Early Awareness Mentoring: Current college students mentor 9th graders as they build a portfolio with personalized activities and resources for accessing financial aid, exploring careers and colleges, and acquiring academic and soft skills. The 9th grade program culminates in a focused field trip to a university campus.
10th-12th Grade College Coaching: Building upon the 9th grade program, Blueprints continues to provide support for 10th-12th graders in actualizing their college and career goals. College-prep coaches encourage goal setting and college attainment through a combination of ACT prep, career and college planning, and assistance completing the FAFSA.
Promoting a School-Wide College-Going Culture: In addition to working with individual students, Blueprints seeks to promote college access in the broader school community, tailoring its services to each partnership site. Some of these activities include: Financial Aid Awareness and FAFSA Completion workshops, on-campus college fairs for Blueprints schools, scholarship workshops, and essay writing workshops.
Member Duties: Members will coordinate educational sessions; build and nurture partnerships with community stakeholders, faith communities, and higher education institutions; engage an active electronic network by using social networking tools; research and develop funding opportunities for organizational sustainability; and assist with media outreach strategy.
• Strong communication & organization skills
• Self-motivation, innovation and patience
• Bachelors degree or higher
• Computer literate and comfortable with the Mac operating system
• Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
• Preference is given to applicants with experience serving low-income communities
Program Benefits: Living allowance, choice of education award or end of service stipend, health coverage, relocation allowance, training, childcare assistance if eligible.
To Apply: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter, resume and copy of your transcript (unofficial copies are fine).
Oral History and Filmmaking Internship
Alabama Possible is currently looking for an intern that possesses filmmaking and oral history skills. We are seeking someone who can uniquely tell our story and develop media resources in commemoration of APP’s 20th anniversary in the fall of 2013.
Successful candidates will have:
- Competency with video editing software, multimedia and social networking applications
- Imagination‚ and the ability to follow through on those great ideas
- Commitment to social justice issues
- Strong aptitude for research, writing and storytelling
- Ability to meet deadlines
A few reasons why you should intern at Alabama Possible. . .
- Make a difference. Alabama is the hungriest state in the country, and 1 in 4 children live in poverty. Alabama Possible mobilizes Alabamians to eliminate poverty through strategic relationships with students, educators, faith communities and other concerned citizens.
- Find a mentor. You will have a chance to work on a small and dynamic team that is committed to creating social change.
- Get connected. We have a really great board of directors, including Dr. Wayne Flynt (he literally wrote the book on the history of Alabama).
- Teach us some new tricks. Put all that time you spend on sites like YouTube and Facebook to good use.
- Think different. We look for innovative thinkers and doers.
- Location location location. Our office is at Southside Baptist Church in Five Points South.
- Follow your bliss. Intern at Alabama Possible.
In return, you will have a chance to work in an environment that values your contributions and will help you develop your professional skill set.
Travel will be required, and we will reimburse you for your mileage at the IRS rate (currently .56/mile) and for other out-of-pocket expenses.
This position is available during Summer 2014, and a finished product must be complete by August 1, 2014.
To apply, please send an email saying why you would like to intern with us and an attached resume, transcript, and examples of your work to email@example.com with “intern” in the subject line.