A Safe Routes to Health service year is a paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service. AmeriCorps Safe Routes to Health (SR2H) members will engage in a diverse range of healthy futures service projects to address critical community needs around nutrition, wellness and physical activity. The next start date is January 7, 2019.

SR2H has openings in 4 of the 5 service communities:

  • Benton Harbor:  3 half-time openings
  • Muskegon Heights:  4 half-time openings
  • Newaygo:  1 half-time opening
  • Sault Ste Marie: 1 half-time opening

The term of service for new members will be January 7, 2019 – August 30, 2019.

AmeriCorps Safe Routes to Health Member Position Description

Summary

Michigan Fitness Foundation is dedicated to inspiring active lifestyles and healthy food choices through education, environmental change, community events, and policy leadership. Their newest initiative is an AmeriCorps program called Safe Routes to Health (SR2H) funded through the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism and service. SR2H will connect citizens in underserved areas to multigenerational health, wellness, and physical activity resources in 5 Michigan communities: Benton Harbor, Newaygo, Muskegon Heights, Detroit’s east side, and Sault Ste Marie.

SR2H AmeriCorps members will spend their service year implementing the 7 SR2H nutrition and physical activity components:  Community Festivals & Events, Farmers Markets Food Navigators, Fresh Conversations, Health through Literacy, Cooking Matters at the Store, Get Outside: Trails, Parks, & the Great Outdoors, and Rec-Connect™.  Members will also recruit and train volunteers to ensure sustainability of SR2H in their communities.

To implement this vital programming, SR2H seeks half-time AmeriCorps members to provide service during the 2018 – 2019 program year.  Each community will have a team of 4 half-time members. SR2H members are required to serve a minimum of 900 hours or approximately 26-27 hours per week.

This half-time service position provides an annual living allowance of $6,000. Upon successful completion of service, members are eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $2960, which can be used to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

By engaging in a diverse range of activities, members will be provided the opportunity to have a meaningful year of service in low-income communities; to commit to civic engagement through community health, wellness and physical fitness programs; and to gain valuable professional development.  Members will participate in activities such as writing, digital marketing, program event coordinating, volunteer recruitment and management while also engaging with leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors.  This is an ideal opportunity for students, parents, retirees, or seniors.  Anyone looking to build transferable skills for a new career and/or interested in giving back to their community will find this a rewarding experience!

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age or older by start of program
  • Must have at least a high school diploma or recognized equivalent by your start date
  • Must be either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States
  • Must pass mandatory pre-service background checks

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some college preferred and community engagement experience

 

Terms of Service Schedule

Members will provide at least 900 hours between start date and August 30, 2019 equating to approximately 26-27 hours a week.

 

Essential Functions

  • Plan and implement 7 programmatic components (farmers market food navigation; health, wellness, and physical activity community outreach; structured health and nutrition conversations with seniors; community physical activity and local recreation sampler events; budgeting food, shopping, and cooking classes; and literacy-based education with children and caregivers) with the assistance of support volunteers
  • Recruit and train volunteers in programming and activities related to health, wellness, and physical activity
  • Participate in AmeriCorps training, events, and community service as required
  • Document service activities according to program requirements

 

Non-Essential Functions

Individuals may be required to perform other position-related instructions within the scope of their normal service activities as requested by their supervisor (Site Supervisor and/or AmeriCorps Program Coordinator) and in alignment with the grant as long as the functions are not unallowable or prohibited activities, all subject to reasonable accommodation.

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Interest and/or experience in any of the following: health, nutrition, literacy, physical activity, education, parks and recreation, hospitality, and event planning
  • Dedication to community service and ability to work with diverse populations
  • Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email
  • Planning and time-management skills
  • Volunteer recruitment and management skills a plus
  • Strong capacity to be flexible and adapt to varied circumstances
  • Access to reliable transportation

 

Program Benefits

AmeriCorps members will be provided:

  • Living allowance: $6,000.00 distributed bi-weekly
  • Segal Education Award: $2,960.00 upon successful completion of the program to be utilized for qualifying educational expenses and/or qualified student loans.

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