Big Thought AmeriCorps

PROGRAM

In an effort to increase access to high-quality summer learning opportunities for young people, Big Thought is introducing a new leadership and civic engagement program that enables youth to gain workplace skills as AmeriCorps members. Summer is a critical time for young people, and for many it is also a crucial time to look for a first job – an important step in building skills and experiences for their future. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the National Summer Learning Association (NLSA) launched a new initiative, Summer Opportunity AmeriCorps, which places young people in positions to serve their communities, learn valuable leadership and workplace skills, and earn money to help them advance their education.

In Dallas, NSLA is partnering with Big Thought to engage up to 80 youth (high school juniors/seniors, and recent graduates) as AmeriCorps members to provide direct service to under-resourced communities in conjunction with Dallas City of Learning.  Dallas City of Learning provides a digital learning environment for youth (K-12) through which they can access quality programming (live and digital), receive digital credentials to document their accomplishments and practice positive engagement in learning.

AmeriCorps members will be placed with Big Thought partner organizations in teams of 3 – 5 (or more depending on host organization specifications) and provide 100 hours of direct service to support summer learning and/or service-learning programs. AmeriCorps members who successfully complete the 100 hours term of service will receive a $325 education award as a post-service benefit. AmeriCorps members may also be eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Placement with host sites is based on student background and interest, as well as host site capabilities. Members will also:

  • Develop a relevant service-learning project focused on community-wide issues using Big Thought’s SLANT (Service – Leaning Adventures in North Texas) curriculum.
  • Explore Dallas City of Learning platform and earn credentials.
  • Utilize digital learning platform to connect youth served by partner organizations with digital and face-to-face activities, if applicable.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

Students interested in the program must complete application, obtain parental permission (if under 18) and meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or have permanent resident status.
  • Enrolled as a high school junior or senior in Dallas County (or a recent high school graduate).
  • Available to participate in the program during the summer.
  • Have consistent access to reliable transportation (public transportation or personal transport)
  • Selected members must provide/arrange daily transportation to and from all AmeriCorps activities.
  • Participate in program kickoff to meet other AmeriCorps members and Host organizations. Location: Meadows Conference Center at 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas 75204.
Submit completed applications to americorps@bigthought.org.
Students will be notified of selection status a week before the summer program starts.
For additional information or questions, call 214-982-9844.
Brandon McKnightBig Thought AmeriCorps