LUK AmeriCorps Host Site Info

Gain a fully trained, externally hosted, flexible Positive Youth Development team member by becoming a Host Site with LUK’s AmeriCorps program! Thrive Ambassadors are members of your team that can help youth improve Cognitive and Social Emotional Competence, gain self-esteem, & develop positive coping skills.

By becoming a Host Site with LUK’s AmeriCorps program, you gain all the benefits of an additional team member, while LUK handles administrative tasks and matches any costs.

Host Site

  • Hosts an AmeriCorps member at their organization for 10 months (1000+ hours, starting September 2024)
  • Communicates with LUK if there are any issues
  • Pays a $7,500 fee per AmeriCorps member (up to 2 members)
  • Gains a quality team member for Positive Youth Development
  • Has flexibility in how this AmeriCorps member is assigned, from in-school support to after-school programming

LUK

  • Provides benefits and matches all fees paid by the Host Site
  • Provides comprehensive training, including Trauma Informed Care, First Aid, CPR, Suicide Prevention, and Non-Violence Conflict Intervention
  • Handles all HR, onboarding, and supervision, and completes site visits
  • Supports the AmeriCorps member as the program Host

Program Goals

LUK’s AmeriCorps program, Thrive Ambassadors, will work to strengthen social-emotional competencies among Worcester County youth who have experienced two or more of the following challenges: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), living in poverty, and/or academic challenges. Goals include increasing the cognitive and social emotional competence of youth, improve academic engagement of youth, improve coping skills of youth, decrease disciplinary actions in school, and improve relationships with peers and adults.

THRIVE Ambassadors Required Activities

Individual support

Each member will meet 1:1 with youth weekly at the host site during regular operating hours, meeting with an average of 2-3 youth each day. Each age-appropriate session will be based on Positive Youth Development principles and will include a check-in, relationship-building activities, goal setting and monitoring, and connection to resources as needed. Members will also spend time preparing for and documenting sessions.

Small group Positive Youth Development activities

Each member will be required to meet at least weekly with their assigned 12 youth at the host site during regular operating hours. Each age-appropriate group will include a check-in, team-building activity, learning activity, and debrief. Members will also spend time preparing for and documenting groups.

Larger-group Positive Youth Development activities

On average once a month, each member will plan and/or accompany youth to host-site and/or community-based Positive Youth Development activities which may take place during normal operating hours, in the evening, or on weekends/holidays. Members may also spend time preparing for and documenting groups, and/or managing logistics to attend community events.

Interested? Apply Today!

If your organization is interested in hosting an AmeriCorps Member, apply today!

This program is funded by AmeriCorps through the Massachusetts Service Alliance.

About the Funders

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term, or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps.gov.
AmeriCorps offers opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to be a part of the national service community, grow personally and professionally, and receive benefits for their service. Learn how to get involved at AmeriCorps.gov/Serve.

About the Massachusetts Service Alliance

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit organization that expands volunteerism and service in Massachusetts. MSA provides funding, training, and support to individuals and organizations, enabling them to tackle pressing issues, strengthen communities, and make our Commonwealth a better place to live. Learn more at www.mass-service.org