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Paid, Part-Time Afterschool Program Positions available

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

Multiple part-time, paid positions available (Spring 2020 - May 2020).   Emerald Youth Foundation has multiple part-time, paid positions available this school year through the AmeriCorps program.  This is a great opportunity for anyone who is passionate about serving with youth and hoping to make an impact in the Knoxville Community.    Benefits:   

  • Get paid to serve.
  • Earn money to pay tuition or student loans.
  • Add valuable service-learning experience to your resume.
  • Primarily a Monday through Friday afternoon schedule. 

AmeriCorps is an 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. It is not employment, but national service. 

**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, middle and/or high school age urban young people in either a structured afterschool/summer day camp program or with a sports program. 

AmeriCorps position available with Emerald Youth January (2020):

  • Elementary/Middle School Role - Implement enriching, structured elementary and/or middle school level afterschool activities. 20 hrs/week. Every M-F afternoon (ideally, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Total living allowance amount of $2,500 and Education Award of $1,289.95.

Details applicable to all positions:

  • All positions listed are tentatively set to start January 3, 2020 and end May 1, 2020. These positions require you to fulfill the entire term. Only apply if you can make this commitment. Will accept candidates who cannot start until later in August.
  • As mentioned above, all members receive a living allowance (of $3,400) 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 during their term of service for them to use as they need. 
  • Members also receive an education award, money for school or student loans, when they successfully complete their term of service and total service hours. 
  • There will be some additional AmeriCorps functions held during your term of service, but outside of your weekly AmeriCorps schedule. All AmeriCorps members should plan to participate, especially in the mandatory events. See below.

AmeriCorps Development Days/Socials (ACDDs) - highly encouraged; &, Service Events - required:

  • ACDDs - We will meet 2 – 3 times each semester approx. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to discuss some aspect of professional development and/or host an AmeriCorps social.
  • AmeriCorps Service Events - All Emerald Youth AmeriCorps members will come together at least twice during the school year (typically on a Saturday morning in October and January) to serve in some capacity outside of what you do during your weekly service. We usually team up with another local AmeriCorps program for these events.

Code of Ethics

Emerald Youth Foundation has certain expectations of their AmeriCorps members, both on and off the clock. Please 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!

For new applicants: 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.

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: 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: "Fall 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: We also have positions available for summer 2020. If interested in these instead, application will be available in January/February.

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 two ministries developed by Emerald Youth Foundation – JustLead and Emerald Youth Sports.  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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