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AmeriCorps Member Position: ThreadHOURS Programming Associate






Are you passionate about the future of Baltimore’s youth?  Are you invested in creating a more connected and equitable Baltimore City?  If so, Thread, a Baltimore-based, youth-centered nonprofit, is recruiting committed, energized, and motivated AmeriCorps members to work with our fabulous team.


What’s the role? Thread's AmeriCorps members will complete a year of service doing some really, tangibly impactful work while gaining invaluable experience at a local, growing Baltimore nonprofit organization. Members will directly support our student and volunteer programming outputs and outcomes through facilitating and expanding our out-of-school-time programming, called threadHOURS.


What can an AmeriCorps member expect? Our AmeriCorps members will work side-by-side with students, staff, volunteers, and collaborators in a full-time capacity to support our youth in successfully graduating from high school, engaging in internships and employment, accessing individualized support services in the community, and beyond.

  • More information about AmeriCorps can be found here.
  • More information about AmeriCorps in Maryland can be found here.


What’s the plan? Thread plans to host twelve AmeriCorps members to facilitate and expand our threadHOURS programming to support our growing high school student enrollment. ThreadHOURS offers structured spaces for groups of students and their Thread Families—the up to five volunteers assigned to one student—to connect, build relationships, and have meaningful experiences that promote students’ academic and personal growth.

Each AmeriCorps member will be paired with a high school site; members will have time throughout their experience to develop meaningful relationships with the students, volunteers, and Site Coordinators within their assigned site. Much of the members’ day-to-day work will take place at partner schools in coordination with Site Coordinators who manage and support Thread Family volunteers at each high school site. Informed by Site Coordinators intimate knowledge of students and volunteers, the AmeriCorps members will implement after-school threadHOURS programming at their site.


What are the key responsibilities of the role?
AmeriCorps members will support in a full-time capacity, coordinating with Resource Team volunteers to carry out threadHOURS for their site by:

  • Organizing event logistics
  • Communicating with students and Thread Family volunteers
  • Attending programming activities
  • Supporting students and volunteers during events
  • Tracking attendance
  • Collecting student data
  • Gathering feedback from participants

More About Thread? Thread engages academically underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens. In addition, by weaving together students, university- and community- based volunteers, and collaborators into a new social fabric – one that transcends barriers and works to end disconnectedness – Thread is working to interrupt the cycle of poverty, crime, and lack of education and improve the odds for all students.

  • Here is part one of Thread's story in the New York Times
  • Here is a link to Thread CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Hemminger’s TedX talk called The Quiet Revolution


What’s it like to be on the Thread team? Our Thread community is hard-working, collaborative, and passionate about Baltimore’s youth. We go all in with care, compassion, and empathy. We believe small acts make a big difference.

Thread’s home base is located inside the TouchPoint Baltimore, co-working space at Mondawmin Mall. TouchPoint Baltimore brings together four high performing organizations with the goals of creating a workforce pipeline and scaling collective social impact by leveraging the strengths of each organization. The organizations work within a model of collaboration where sharing is paramount—sharing resources, information, access to talent, and access to networks, as well as coordinating day-to-day to be able to provide services across constituencies.

AmeriCorps members will regularly meet as a cohort, participate in ongoing professional development and training opportunities, receive bi-weekly coaching sessions from a Program Coordinator, and more!


What are the AmeriCorps program benefits? Professional Development and Training, Living Allowance of $12,630 for the year, Health Coverage, Childcare Assistance if Eligible, Education Award Upon Successful Completion of Service, Partial Housing Support (Thread-specific benefit), Monthly BaltimoreLink Passes (Thread-specific benefit)


What are the next steps? 

  • As a first step, interested applicants should complete an online application here!
  • Our funding is pending final approval of the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism grant award. Once we get that final approval, we'll contact selected candidates to move forward in the process and ask them to also complete an online application with AmeriCorps directly.
  • We anticipate that we’ll be able to hold first round phone interviews with selected applicants in late July and early August.
  • Our AmeriCorps year of service will run from October 2017 - September 2018.


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