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AmeriCorps Summer 2019

JustLead – Knoxville, Tennessee
Department JustLead
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Living allowance

Emerald Youth Foundation has multiple  paid positions available this upcoming summer through the AmeriCorps program.  This is a great opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community - Knoxville. It is not employment, but national service.
  • Get paid to serve.
  • Earn an educational stipend to pay tuition or student loans.
  • Add valuable service-learning experience to your resume.
  • Primarily a Monday through Friday during the day. 

**Note: You must be a certified U.S. citizen, a national, or legal permanent resident to apply.

The majority of Emerald Youth’s AmeriCorps members serve part-time during the school year or full-time in the summer with elementary and/or middle school age urban young people in either a structured afterschool or summer day camp program.

There are 2 kinds of AmeriCorps positions available with Emerald Youth this upcoming summer 2019:

  • Children's Role - Implement enriching, structured elementary & middle school level summer day camp activities. 
  • Learning Role - Facilitate planned elementary and middle school academic activities as well as other summer day camp activities. Perfect for aspiring teachers. 

Details applicable to all positions:

  • Serve approximately 35-40 hours, M - F, during the day. Start May 13, 2019 and end July 19, 2019.
  • Receive a living allowance of $2,500 while they serve (like pay). Portions of this total living allowance are distributed as a direct deposit into members’ personal banking account twice a month  (to be used however needed) during their term. **Please note that this is the only money you receive while serving. There are no other wages or salaries given to AmeriCorps members.
  • Earn $1,252.91 for school or student loans (called an ed award as mentioned above) after they successfully complete their AmeriCorps term of service. 
  • Participate in training and team building.

AmeriCorps Development Days/Socials (ACDDs) - highly encouraged:

  • AmeriCorps members will meet 2 – 3 times over the course of the summer for team building or development.

Code of Ethics

Emerald Youth Foundation has certain expectations of their AmeriCorps members, both on and off "the clock." Please THOROUGHLY review the link below before applying as you will be expected to sign this agreement of personal standards on your first day and adhere to them for the duration of your AmeriCorps term.

Emerald Youth AmeriCorps Agreement of Personal Standards

Get started on your references!

If you plan to apply, please go ahead and copy this link address, Emerald Youth AmeriCorps Reference Form, and paste it into an email directed to  individuals you would like to use as references. (If you have any trouble accessing it as a link, contact rdavis@emeraldyouth.org directly to receive another link).

At least 2 of your references should be professional and 1 should be a personal/character reference. A total of 3 different reference forms (completed by 3 different individuals) should be returned via the provided online link. Note: The references CANNOT be family members.

For returning applicants ONLY: If you’ve served as an AmeriCorps member with Emerald Youth previously, you do not have to complete the reference portion again. However, a separate reapplication is still necessary. Please request this from Rachel Davis directly at rdavis@emeraldyouth.org if you are interested in reapplying.


Even if you are unsure whether you would like to apply; or, maybe you just have some questions first, please feel free to email Rachel Davis directly at rdavis@emeraldyouth.org, Subject: "Summer 2019 AmeriCorps Inquiry". I realize some of this information may be a bit confusing and therefore we would like to do what we can to help you better understand all that the positions entail.

NOTE: If you are unable to apply for our summer positions, but would like to consider our fall 2019 AmeriCorps positions, please email Rachel directly at rdavis@emeraldyouth.org, Subject: "Fall 2019 AmeriCorps Interest". We will be sure to send you a notification later when the application process for fall begins.

In a nutshell, what is Emerald Youth?

Just a bit more background on who we are...Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian urban youth leadership development ministry in Knoxville, TN. We aim to reconnect urban young people to home, school, church, and their communities, creating effective leaders who will transform Knoxville from the inside out. The ministry began as a vision of the Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church in 1988 and was established as a non-profit organization in 1991.

The "reconnection" mentioned above is done through three ministries developed by Emerald Youth Foundation – JustLead, Emerald Youth Sports, and Calling and Career.  JustLead is an urban, church-based youth and young adult leadership development program. Emerald Youth Sports is a program providing fun and wellness, skills and competitive athletics. I encourage you to view some of our YouTube videos at emeraldyouth.org.

Through Emerald Youth's ministries, urban young people and their families become an integral part of the congregation and are provided fun and meaningful relational growth experiences through the following outcomes areas: faith, learning, and health. AmeriCorps members with Emerald Youth serve primarily in JustLead with a focus on learning and health.

AmeriCorps and religious activities.

AmeriCorps is a federally funded program; therefore, members are not allowed to accrue hours for any faith/spiritual/religious activities.  (If you would like to participate in these activities, you would have to do so voluntarily). 

Related to the EYF AmeriCorps members, it is the policy of Emerald Youth Foundation to provide service opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, handicap, or national origin.This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under AmeriCorps Grant No. 13ACHTN0010002 .Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of, or a position that is endorsed by, the Corporation or the AmeriCorps Program.”

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