MIRA Coalition

NAIP AmeriCorps Member Application

NAIP AmeriCorps Member Application

Registration is currently closed.

The application period is currently closed.

The next program year (2019-2020) will begin in September 2019 until August 2020. We will begin accepting applications for those positions in April 2019. You can also sign up to receive updates by clicking here: http://eepurl.com/gaOqU9

Questions? Email naip@miracoalition.org.

Below is information regarding the 2018-2019 program year. Please note that this information may change in 2019-2020.

About NAIP AmeriCorps

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and English for New Bostonians (ENB) are partnered to place up to 30 AmeriCorps members at immigrant- and refugee-serving organizations throughout Massachusetts every year. Half-year NAIP AmeriCorps members commit to a full-time, six-month service position from March 6, 2019 - August 30, 2019. During the service term members will receive benefits including a modest living allowance, healthcare, training, and Segal education award upon successful completion of 900 hours of service.

NAIP members' service addresses barriers to employment and economic stability for immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts. Depending on host site placement, each member’s role will have a primary focus on one or more of the following direct services: Vocational English for Speakers of Other Languages (VESOL) instruction, civics classes, citizenship application assistance, job readiness training, and/or job search assistance.

Application Process

NAIP will review member applications on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. For priority consideration, we encourage you to submit your application before January 31, 2019.

Once your application has been submitted, keep an eye on the e-mail and/or phone you included in your general application for an initial discussion with NAIP staff regarding potential host site placements. Based on your skills, experience and preferences, you may then have the opportunity to interview with one or more of our partner host site(s). If a host site selects you to serve at their site following your interview, NAIP will invite you for a final, in-person interview to confirm your eligibility for the program, and to determine next steps. 

Please note: NAIP is an important, full-time commitment. If you are applying “until something else comes along," please do not submit an application. If a member enrolls in this program and does not fulfill their hours commitment, the member forfeits their educational award and jeopardizes their ability to participate in any AmeriCorps programs in the future.

Benefits to AmeriCorps Members

  • The opportunity to build on your passion for service,  gaining valuable experience serving alongside host site employees and clients
  • A living stipend (approximately $572 every two weeks, before taxes)
  • A $2,960 Segal education award upon successful completion of service
  • Loan forbearance and interest accrual payments on qualified student loans
  • Healthcare coverage and childcare assistance (if eligible)
  • Professional development and training in TESOL, interpretation, citizenship, and other human services.
  • Regular monthly meetings to discuss experiences, challenges, and successes
  • Member recognition at MIRA events
  • The satisfaction of seeing the results of your contribution in the community

NAIP AmeriCorps Member Activities
According to the host organization’s service activities plan, members will increase organizational capacity through a combination of the following allowable activities.

  • Job Readiness and/or Job Placement Services
  • Leading and assisting with English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction or group conversation circles
  • Civics instruction and citizenship application assistance
  • Organization of educational workshops
  • Special ESOL program development projects
  • Volunteer management and program development
  • Community interpreter services
  • Provision of other community support services, as needed
  • Attend mandatory initial orientation and ongoing monthly training sessions
  • Assist in program data collection and communicate with NAIP staff regarding any issues or requirements

Requirements

  • Deep belief in the power and potential of immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts
  • Excellent organizational, communication, leadership and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be a United States citizen, United States national or lawful permanent resident of the United States, and at least 18 years of age at time of service
  • Possess at least a high school diploma or its equivalent 
  • Must demonstrate a mastery of Intermediate English or higher; multicultural and multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Must be willing to undergo a criminal background check

Downloads

Summary of NAIP Host Sites & Positions

Download the list of host sites and position descriptions for 2019 Half-Year NAIP here.