The Camp DREAM Coordinator is a member of DREAM’s DreamCorps. Our DreamCorps strives to achieve our mission of closing the opportunity gap for children in low-income housing (which is a root cause of why almost half of low-income children become low-income adults). The Camp DREAM Coordinator serves by assisting the planning and operation of Camp DREAM programming with mentees.
The DREAM Program is committed to dismantling systems of oppression that affect our youth and families. This organizational commitment means that members should join this space with an intention of learning, unlearning, and diving into ways that your involvement will directly contribute to DREAM’s mission of reducing the Opportunity Gap while also supporting the dismantling of other systemic inequities. We seek members who contribute to The DREAM Program’s diverse community, as having different perspectives, identities, and skills are what allow us to excel in our service. DREAM seeks members who are ready to engage in and foster an inclusive environment, and who strive to deliver culturally appropriate and relevant programming to the youth we serve. Incoming members and staff should understand that we serve marginalized communities, which means that it is imperative that diversity, equity, and inclusivity are infused into every aspect of our work as an organization.
Objectives of Service as the Camp DREAM Coordinator:
- Plan camp programming and extraordinary experiences that are accessible to our mentees.
- Be a leader in the execution of winter and summer camps at Camp DREAM.
- Support the execution of the activities undertaken by the Camp DREAM staff.
- Provide youth with magical, memorable, enriching camp experience.
The Experience of Service as the Camp DREAM Coordinator:
This position will be a part of both the Adventure Team across different regions as well as the Camp Team. Service activities will take place at your home office, an in person office, within DREAM communities, and Camp DREAM. Regular service hours might sometimes be Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, with some weekends and evenings as well. When this occurs, schedule shifts will move away from regular business hours. During the summer season, regardless of hours completed to date, this position transitions to regular daytime, evening and weekend hours consistent with the operation of a summer camp. While there is no maximum hours – DREAM expects members to continue serving 35-45 hours a week until the end-of-term date of their service commitment – DREAM encourages a healthy work/life balance, including taking vacation, lunch time and other time off. You will be responsible for communicating clearly and directly on a regular basis with your supervisor (the Adventure Director), Adventure Coordinators, Community Organizers, Mentor Coordinators, Youth Services Managers within the region you serve, and other DREAM staff.
Site/Location: Fletcher, Vermont
AmeriCorps Program Type: State/National
Classification/Position Type: AmeriCorps Member
Term Type/Length: Full Term, 1700 minimum hours
Hours Commitment: 35-45/week, varied schedule
Start date: September 27th, 2021
End Date: August 12, 2022
- Commitment to the entire service term.
- Commitment to the mission of AmeriCorps and DREAM.
- Desire to enhance existing skills and develop new skills necessary for service.
- Commitment to serve as a role model for youth.
- A passion for supporting the ongoing work around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
- Experience working or living in a diverse and inclusive environment with elevated, demonstrated awareness of issues of social equity and social and racial justice.
- Demonstrated practice or education serving diverse communities or populations of people of color in an equitable manner and a manner that is respectful and aware of the community’s experience.
- Demonstrated ability to manage time and set priorities while giving consideration to those serving, your fellow team members, the organization, and the self.
- A dedicated room/space to complete your service that is not at a DREAM-supported site.
- An internet connection capable of easily handling Google Workspace apps and specifically, a Google Hangout/Meet.
- Access to resources necessary to support your telework/service experience (electrical power outlet to keep devices charged, reliable wifi connection that can connect with our cloud-based softwares).
- Ability to regularly meet in person with your team or your service assignment in their assigned location (including responsibility for transportation to and from).
- Access to a reliable phone.
- Must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.A. due to AmeriCorps requirements.
- Be at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service OR be an out-of-school youth 16 years of age at the commencement of service participating in a program
- Have a high school diploma or its equivalent OR not have dropped out of elementary or secondary school to enroll as an AmeriCorps participant (and must agree to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent prior to using the education award) OR obtain a waiver from the Corporation OR be enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis
- Members must agree to the following Criminal History Checks to be performed in order to serve as an AmeriCorps Member: NSOPW (Public Sex Offender) Check, Statewide Criminal Repository Checks (for State of Service and State of Residence), and FBI fingerprint-based Criminal History Check. The member is aware that that their identity must be verified with a government-issued photo ID. The results of these checks will be kept confidential, but could affect eligibility to serve in AmeriCorps.
- Current driver’s license, proof of insurance, and clean driving record.
- Creativity, energy, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
- A contagious and optimistic energy for DREAM’s work.
- Comfortable working in an outdoor environment in all seasons.
- Exceptional communication and facilitation skills with a focus on direct communication.
- Experience working as a camp counselor or similar position.
DREAM AmeriCorps Benefits:
- Living Stipend of $16,000 provided to you in biweekly payments of $615.38.
- AmeriCorps members are also eligible for:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (food stamps)
- Child care assistance
- Student loan deferment (forbearance)
- Other publicly-funded benefits, such as heating and utility assistance.
- Upon the completion of the service term, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the Segal Education Award, which can be used to pay education expenses or repay qualified student loans. For completing a full 1700 hour term, you will receive $6,345.00.
- In addition to benefits available through AmeriCorps, DREAM offers our AmeriCorps members a housing stipend of $100 per month, paid directly to your housing provider.
- As an AmeriCorps member at DREAM, you will have the additional support of a DREAM AmeriCorps Director to help you navigate your service term and apply for publicly funded programs.
- DREAM is invested in your professional and personal development, and holds AmeriCorps Development Days and a variety of professional development opportunities throughout the service term.
- If you engage in work-related travel outside of a commute, DREAM will provide reimbursement by mileage.
More about Camp DREAM: Camp DREAM is a 50+ acre property on Metcalf Pond in Fletcher, VT and a year-round resource to the mentees and mentors of The DREAM Program. Camp DREAM is primarily home to our residential summer camp program. Camp DREAM also hosts Winter Adventure Camp (WAC), and other off-season activities for mentees, mentors and staff.
Camp DREAM is usually considered primitive camping or a rustic/rugged environment, providing campers and counselors more of a true camping experience. The program thrives on the energy that children, counselors, staff, and volunteers all add to the Camp DREAM environment.
Work environment: This position operates in multiple spaces. The spaces included may have characteristics similar to a professional office environment, an indoor/outdoor environment with active children and students, at our rustic Camp DREAM, and within the program sites we serve. This role routinely uses computers and various softwares regularly, as well as standard office/school equipment (such as phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and printers) as well as equipment characteristic of an outdoor and indoor youth camp (pop-up shade canopies/tents, hand tools, activity supplies, food preparation equipment, storage spaces and sports equipment/toys).
Physical demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee/member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
- This position requires comfort working in outdoor environments, regardless of the weather. This position can be very active and frequently requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to communicate with individuals who talk and hear.
- The employee/member may occasionally lift and/or move items over 50 pounds.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to observe and comprehend using vision abilities that include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Travel: Travel includes local travel (to Camp DREAM, adventure sites, or partnerships and communities with which we work) and interregional travel (visiting other DREAM geographies and for retreats and special events) during the work hours described. Out-of-the-area and overnight travel will be occasionally expected.
AAP/EEO Statement: The DREAM Program is an equal opportunity employer and an incorporated 501(c)3 charitable organization. The DREAM Program prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
At will employment: The DREAM Program is an at will employer. Employment with The DREAM Program is voluntary and is subject to termination by you or The DREAM Program at will, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. The policy of employment-at-will may not be modified by any officer or employee.
WHY WE DREAM…
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- We believe that the opportunity gap is unfair and unjust.
- We believe that childhood is a precious part of the human experience and worthy of great investment.
- We believe that all children have immense potential to contribute to our society and that lost potential for one is lost potential for all.
- We believe that change is possible.
We seek a world in which all children have the opportunities, resources, and relationships necessary to achieve their dreams.
Our mission is to close the opportunity gap for children living in low-income housing.
- We live in the grassroots. We see ourselves as more of a movement than an organization. We value bottom-up development and look to our volunteers for leadership.
- We are relationship-oriented. When relationships are done well, they can change the world and build bridges across differences. Relationships are at the center of all we do and are our greatest source of impact, influence, and learning.
- We value transparency. We are an open organization and invite all to participate in decision-making. We see honest communication as the foundation for creating trust and understanding.
- We like to play. We sing, surprise, act spontaneously, play games, and imagine. We see potential for something magical in every interaction. We think play is the ultimate vehicle for delivering our services.
- We think the high dive is fun! Positive risk-taking plays a crucial role in development. By pushing our comfort zones, we broaden our world views and expand our options.
- We think anything is possible. Call us naïve…wait a minute, don’t do that! Just join us!