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Leadership Memphis SUCCESS High School Initiative
High school student graduation is a major milestone on a youth’s path to successful adulthood and is the single most powerful predictor of whether a young person coming out of generations of poverty will break the cycle. Memphis graduation rates are low. In 2011, the Memphis City Schools graduation rate was 72.6 %, a 1.8% increase from 2010. While this was a slight increase, the State goal is for all Tennessee School Systems to have a 90% graduation rate by 2014 – a tremendous challenge. There are numerous factors that contribute to a high dropout rate and poor academic performance in the Memphis, TN region including high rates of poverty, lack of quality early childhood experiences, deficiencies in early reading and math skills, school disciplinary issues and high teen pregnancy rates. 85.1% of the students in the Memphis City Schools district in 2012 were classified as economically disadvantaged and 94.0 % were Title I eligible (considered low income with students getting free and reduced breakfast and lunch). There is no single solution to increasing high school graduation rates - it involves action on numerous fronts. Therefore, the mandate is everyone working together collectively as a community, in order to change the life course for our children. The goal of the SUCCESS High School Initiative is to infuse 400 executives over five years into eight high schools to increase the post-secondary continuation rate of 7,000 students. The Leadership Club and the Graduation Advisory Program (GAP) are the primary components of this initiative.
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Member Duties : VISTAs have the following primary responsibilities at the 8 SUCCESS High Schools: • Build social capital through relationships w/the 80 Executives in the Leadership Memphis (LM) Executive Program, school principals & administration, students, LM alumni, and current and potential community partners • Identifying & mobilizing resources to support implementation of the SUCCESS HS curriculum •Identify assets within the school community & city that can provide support & opportunities • Curriculum Implementation: coordinate w/Execs, school admin, community vols & partners for consistent delivery of all components • Program Evaluation: track student attendance & participation; compile student surveys; track volunteer hours & involvement; track data in 5 key indicator areas; produce monthly reports; recommend program enhancements based on feedback, data & observation • Marketing & Communications: collect pictures & student testimonials/feedback for LM comm. team
Program Benefits : Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Community Organization ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services ,  Youth Development ,  Communications . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Leadership Memphis SUCCESS High School Initiative

Program Start/End Date
07/18/2016  -   07/15/2017

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  

Accepting Applications
From  03/02/2015  To  07/01/2016 

Contact Jacqueline Oselen
365 S Main St
Memphis   TN   38103
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 52903