LUK AmeriCorps Member Info

By becoming a Thrive Ambassador through LUK’s AmeriCorps Program, you can make a direct impact on your community by bringing Positive Youth Development to local schools and after-school programs.

You’ll help strengthen social-emotional competencies among Worcester County youth who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), living in poverty, and/or academic challenges. By assessing the skills and needs of these youth at your host site and working with them one-on-one, you’ll help to build their leadership and social emotional skills. You’ll also get to work with youth, your placement program, and community partners to increase awareness and understanding of Positive Youth Development.

The LUK Thrive Ambassador Experience

Becoming a Thrive Ambassador with LUK’s AmeriCorps Program isn’t just an opportunity to serve; you’ll gain leadership skills, have access to mentorship and supervision, and take advantage of benefits such as:

  • Mileage reimbursement and AAA
  • High quality trainings, such as Trauma Informed Care, Suicide Prevention, and Non-Violence Conflict Intervention, as well as certifications in First Aid, CPR, and Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
  • Health Insurance (BCBS) with no wait period
  • Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Account, and Health Reimbursement Arrangement Plans
  • Loan Deferment and Interest Forbearance
  • Money towards higher education or trade school after your term of service is completed (Learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award here)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • AmeriCorps Member Alumni networks
  • Included work equipment and materials
  • Competitive compensation

Thrive Ambassador Activities

Individual support

You’ll meet 1:1 with youth weekly at your 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. You’ll also get time to prepare for and document these sessions.

Small group Positive Youth Development activities

At least once a week, you’ll meet with your group of around a dozen youth at your host site during regular operating hours. Each age-appropriate group will include a check-in, team-building activity, learning activity, and debrief. You’ll also spend time preparing for and documenting these groups.

Larger-group Positive Youth Development activities

About once a month, you and other Thrive Ambassadors at your site will each plan and accompany youth to host-site or community-based Positive Youth Development activities. These can take place during normal operating hours, but can also be held during the evening or on weekends/holidays. You can also spend time during your service hours preparing, documenting groups, and/or managing logistics to attend community events.

Interested? Apply Today!

Are you ready to take the next step towards serving your community and gaining professional experience? Contact us at AmeriCorps@LUK.org to be a Thrive Ambassador with LUK’s AmeriCorps program 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