We’re Looking for Liberty City Student and Family Advocate (Americorps)

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Posted by: MCI on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A partnership between Miami Children’s Initiative, Himan Brown Charitable Trust, Key Biscayne Community Foundation and Volunteer Florida, Inc.

About Miami Children’s Initiative / Program:

The Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) is a place-based cradle-to-career initiative that seeks to facilitate and catalyze effective, sustainable transformation in one of South Florida’s most challenging and promising neighborhoods – Liberty City.  Miami Children’s Initiative “cradle-to-career” strategy in Liberty City is based on the nationally recognized Harlem Children’s Zone model.

MCI’s aims are both ambitiously broad and keenly focused: It seeks, on one hand, to touch virtually every aspect of the community’s life as the next generation of Liberty City’s infants and children grows to adulthood. Yet it plans to do so, not by taking single-handed responsibility for each economic and social problem facing every child and family, but by creating a self-reinforcing community of families building a common future through their own efforts. MCI’s vision is for all Liberty City’s children to graduate from college and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

Through the use of the “cradle-to-career” model, MCI has developed community building programs as well as initiated ‘Family, Social Service and Health Programs’. With the next 10 years, MCI seeks to continue developing programs that serve specific age groupings that range from early childhood through college. MCI is organized to drive the following outcomes for children/youth in Liberty City: 1) Children are meeting their developmental milestones; 2) Children are thriving by age three; 3) Children are ready for school by age five; 4) Children are reading at grade level by third grade; 5) Children are succeeding in school from third to 12th grade; 6) Youth are graduating from high school and entering college; 7) Youth are completing college and beginning their careers; and 8) Young adults are returning to Liberty City and contributing to the community.  

About the Liberty City Advocates Program (AmeriCorps):

Miami Children’s Initiative will  engage 30 half-time Liberty City Advocates to be placed throughout four (4) early  learning centers and three (3) schools in Liberty City working under the immediate  direction of each assigned program manager/coordinator.  The Advocate is an AmeriCorps member who is  serving in an approved national service position and is eligible to receive  an educational award from the National Service Trust.

AmeriCorps Advocates will be  trained and placed in Liberty City to support the following outcomes for  early childhood, elementary and secondary school programs: (1) K-12 increased  student academic performance in math and literacy; (2) K-12 improved academic  engagement; (3) increased academic achievement for students paired with  mentors/tutors; and (4) increased school readiness with an emphasis on  social/emotional development.


  • Advocates will be placed in MCI’s Shared Services Alliance Early Learning Centers to work with children from birth to five with a focus on children preparing for entering into kindergarten (ages 3-5).

  • Advocates will support the pedagogical leader in each Early Learning Center to support learning goals for children 0-5 years old.

  • Advocates will assist with weekly implementation of Social/Emotional leaning lessons from the PeaceWorks curriculum during service hours

  • Advocates will provide elementary and secondary students with K-12 Student Success services arranged at impact zone elementary and secondary schools.

  • Advocates placed in MCI’s out of school programs will assist with daily student remediation, project based learning, tutoring, and homework to support student achievement in reading, writing, math and science proficiency.

  • Advocates will provide prosocial skills enhancement to meet the social/emotional needs of students.  This effort will connect students to their community and assist them to develop personal resiliency to the environment’s risk factors.

  • Advocates will provide College Reach Out Program (CROP) information to MCI students considering college. MCI subscribes to the approach that students respond to extensive support, motivation, and accountability.

  • Advocates will coach students on resources they need and provide additional resources when needed. Members will also assist with college selection, the application process, and financial aid resources.

  •  Advocates will be encouraged to support all recruitment and engagement efforts.

Other Requirements:

  1. Contribute to the ongoing growth and development of The Miami Children’s Initiative.
  2. Possess the ability to write well, analyze and solve problems, communicate effectively, and follow verbal and written instructions
  3. Provide exceptional service to our children, families and partners.
  4.  AmeriCorps Members are expected to exhibit a professional manner at all times and follow the Code of Excellence.
  5. Take on other tasks as required consistent with service sites.
  6. Participate in Miami Children’s Initiative team meetings and events as appropriate.
  7. AmeriCorps Members will officially receive their service gear during orientation and will be required to wear it when serving.
  8. Two     week pre-service training and ongoing professional development throughout     the year.



  • MCI seeks AmeriCorps Members from all backgrounds who are passionate about education, genuinely love children, and are empathetic of MCI’s purpose.
  • The uniqueness and success of the AmeriCorps program allows MCI to recruit qualified candidates who embrace the opportunity to serve their community and make a difference in the lives of others while making positive changes in their own lives as well.
  • The minimum qualifications for AmeriCorps Members are as follows:
    • Each member must be at least eighteen years of age
    • Have a high school diploma or G.E.D., and
    • Be passionate about the success of Liberty City’s children/youth.
    • Satisfy the National Criminal History Check Requirements.
    • Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Legal permanent resident and provide necessary documentation.  
    • Have a hopeful, optimistic and joyful spirit

 Mandatory Requirements: 

  • US Citizen or Resident
  • Valid driver’s license or Identification
  • Completion and clearance through  background screening & drug test,
  • includes a FDLE / FBI check fingerprint-based
  • Out-of-state repository check if applying from another state

MCI AmeriCorps Team Member Expectations:

  • Bi-Monthly trainings
  • All Americorp Members will be provided with a 60 day evaluation.
  • After the 60 days, Members will be evaluated annually.
  • Informal feeback will be given via one-on-one meetings or small program based meetings.
  • Americorp members will meet with MCI Internal Evaluator, Site Coordinator and Program Director monthly to review student data and discuss specific intervention for children.

Working Conditions:

The Liberty City Student and Family Advocates may have to manage a number of projects at one time, and may be interrupted frequently to meet the needs and requests of children and youth served. The Advocates may find the environment to be busy, noisy and will need excellent organizational, time, and stress management skills to complete the required tasks.  

Service Schedule:

  • Five Days a week; 20 Hours per week
  • Typical work schedule will be Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Service Locations:

Liberty City Advocates will be placed in one of the following service locations throughout Liberty City.

  • Shining Light Early Learning Center, 8220 NW 13th Court, Miami, FL 33147
  • Liberty Academy, 7750 Northwest 12th Avenue, Miami FL 33150
  • Sheyes of Miami Learning Center, 3038 NW 48th Terrace, Miami, FL 33142
  • Excel Kids Academy, 5500 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33142
  • Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, 1775 NW 60th Street, Miami, FL 33142
  • Brownsville Middle School, 4899 Northwest 24th Avenue, Miami, FL 33142
  • Miami Northwestern Senior High School, 1100 Northwest 71st Street, Miami, FL 33150

To Apply: Please submit a resume with two references. Please send documents via email to: jsmith@miamichildrensinitiative.org


  • Living Allowance: $300 bi-weekly living allowance while actively serving.
  • Education Award: $2,887.50 college scholarship upon successfully completion of service hour requirements.
  •  Loan Forbearance and Interest Payments if applicable.
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