TEXAS FAMILY LITERACY AMERICORPS PROGRAM

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The Texas Family Literacy Initiative is a part of the AmeriCorps State & National network of national service programs that engage adults of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet the nation’s critical needs in education, public safety, health and environment.

Texas Family Literacy AmeriCorps members join 75,000 individuals across the United States serving with AmeriCorps to get hands-on experience strengthening communities.

AmeriCorps members in this  program provide literacy services to adults, children, youth and families in Texas communities. Literacy Services include:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE)
  • General Education Development (GED) and High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation
  • Early Childhood Literacy, Family Literacy/Play and Learning Strategies 
  • Workforce Literacy/Workforce Infusion/Job Readiness
  • Computer Literacy

What does a commitment to AmeriCorps service involve?

  • Members commit to serving 1,700 volunteer hours over an 11-month term - this works out to 40 hours/week at your service site.
  • The Term of Service is August 14, 2017 - July 13, 2018
  • Literacy Coalition recruits and places members to serve full-time at one of our partner sites in Austin or Houston.
  • Members begin service with a one-week Pre-Service Orientation where you learn the ins and outs of AmeriCorps, the state of literacy in Texas, and how to teach the appropriate curriculum for your type of literacy service.
  • Members are supervised onsite by a staff member, and receive ongoing support, networking opportunities, professional development, and training from the Literacy Coalition staff.

Where do members serve?

Our AmeriCorps host sites vary slightly each year. Currently, our members in Austin serve at the following agencies:

  • Austin Independent School District Adult Education Department
  • Austin Free Net
  • Community Action, Inc.
  • Communities in Schools: ASPIRE
  • El Buen Samaritano
  • Foundation Communities
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
  • Interfaith Action of Central Texas
  • Manos De Cristo
  • Workers Defense Project
  • Open  Door Pre Schools
  • Mainspring Schools
  • Trinity Child Development Center

What are the member benefits?

Members receive a $12,630 stipend, full health insurance, valuable training in evidence-informed curriculum, and experience in teaching and program delivery, and a $5,775 education award issued when you complete service that you can apply toward student loans or tuition. Members receive training and professional development through the Literacy Coalition and participate in various community service projects throughout their term.

What do we look for in candidates?

Our positions are dynamic, well-rounded, and fun! 

We strive to build a diverse team of individuals who want to commit to national service. Experience in education and/or working with diverse populations is preferred. A willingness to share your knowledge, to learn from others, and to grow as an individual is necessary. Applicants should be comfortable with both independent and team-based work that includes team meetings, group planning, reflection, and community service projects.

How to apply? 

Our application process is two steps. Click on link number one below to complete our internal application. Once you complete this you'll be contacted by our program staff.

In order to be accepted into the program, you'll need to create a profile and submit an application at MyAmeriCorps.gov in addition to our internal application.  If you already have a MyAmeriCorps account, you can submit an application at the second link below as well!