Alright friends and family, I have made some pretty serious decisions this past month and I figured I should let ya’ll in on the secrets.
I have decided to take an Americorps position that is based in Colorado.
My job title will be Americorps Member working with a company called College Summit.
As an Americorp member I am completing a program called: Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition. Essentially this is defined as: Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition is a solution. Their approach mixes youth empowerment, agency expertise, and services in a way that helps local communities impact youth in a successful, positive, and appropriate way. CBPYT operates as an AmeriCorps program housed at Denver Human Services. Through this program, AmeriCorps members mentor other youth who are currently transitioning out of foster care, homelessness, and other systems of care. Our mentors work out of community agencies across the Front Range, where they serve for about 38 hours weekly. After they complete 1,725 hours of service, they are rewarded with $5,550 to further their education.
I also receive health insurance, a small living stipend, support, counseling and training in addition to the educational award. They are also going to reimburse me for any driving I do within Denver at a rate of $0.555 per mile.
I really love the people I have met so far in the AmeriCorps program and I am looking forward to being a part of this nationally connected web of fabulous people. I have met many alumni this week who have told me how awesome their experiences were and how many of them have found full time employment afterward simply because their potential employers were also AmeriCorp alums.
As a member of the College Summit team I will be focusing on the purpose of CBPYT while functioning within the support of the College Summit Program. College Summit is a program that is designed to increase the number of students applying to, attending, and staying in college from low-income communities. College Summit has grown to serve 50,000 students annually in 170 high schools in 12 states by partnering with high school principals, teachers and the most influential students in lower-income communities to raise their college-going and success rates. I will be working within several Denver area school districts for the first few months mentoring students and teaching teachers the college summit program. The skills Im learning here are transferrable to many other nonprofit agencies and opens up a new world of opportunity for me.
Also, I will have a corner office with a view of the Denver skyline. Does it get better than that?
Overall my job within the program is to help students figure out how to cross the bridge into adulthood by showing them the resources in their communities that will help them get there. Im to help them to complete resumes and find jobs, support their academic successes, foster their personal growth and empower them to realize their dreams. I am excited for the opportunity to work with kids not just in a classroom setting, and that I still get to help teens despite the fact that I have not found a teaching job. I am really passionate about teenagers and the amazing people that they can become if anyone would take the time to give them a chance. This is something that is important to me, crucial to my overall sanity as a person, and what I have been trained to do. Although I am not teaching I am still using my degree and training to make a difference in the lives of children. I feel fulfilled and happiest when I am doing these things.
That all being said. I am making hardly any money, I am far from home, and I have made some serious and heartbreaking decisions regarding my romantic relationships and I am really struggling with the idea that my life is about to change forever.
I will need your prayers, you support and your understanding that I needed to make some changes in my life in order to feel happy. I am trying hard to make positive decisions and I am truly trying to use the talents and passion that God has given me to make a difference in a world that can be so cruel sometimes.
I love this decision. I am content that I am making good choices and I am really starting to feel good about myself for the first time in a long, long while.
I’d like you all to come along with me on this crazy adventure. I would like to keep you updated on what is going on and where I’m at both emotionally and literally.
So you can find me and my updates on this blog…..and I appreciate the prayers. Lots of them.