Frequently Asked Questions
How does this work?
If you are selected to be a corps member, you will make a commitment to serve full time (40 hrs/week) for 11 months (September 1—July 31) with a community-based organization in Baton Rouge or New Orleans. As a corps member, you will receive training and experience from your partner organization and also engage in LDSC programming including monthly team meetings, bi-annual Personal and Professional Development training, and service projects. You will earn a living allowance of $14,000 for the 11 months, and when your 11-month term is complete, you will receive an Education Award of $5,815 that you can use at any Title IV University and most Technical and Community colleges, to pay for classes, and/ or to pay off student loans.
What's the application process?
Sites may offer positions to those members they are interested in. Conversely members may reject or accept any offers by host sites.
You may also go to www.americorps.gov and complete a generic on-line application at any time but please make sure to complete our motivational statements. .
What is a partner organization?
A partner organization is a community-based organization like a school or a social service agency where corps members serve full-time for 11 months. Each organization has a specific project with a one-year timeline and goals designed specifically for their LDSC member. Partner Organizations complete an application to LDSC in the spring outlining their program and their specific project. Partner organizations are chosen based on the general quality and ingenuity of their application, the need for the project in the community, and the level of supervision and training that they are willing to commit to a corps member. Check out our 2017-2018 partner organizations for the Baton Rouge Team and New Orleans Team.
What are the requirements for serving as a corps member?
Can I choose the partner organization that I serve with?
Yes, the sooner we receive your application, the sooner we can match your goals with that of a partner organization. See what our projects are here.
What will I do?
Partner Organizations will define each member's position in detail. In general all positions will have capacity building activities at their core. Positions will be Volunteer Coordinator or Manager, Technology and Social Media Coordinator, Program Outreach & Community Awareness Coordinator and Program Development Coordinator or a combination of duties. More specifically position description will look like these below:
1) Volunteer Coordinator- CM may recruit and manage volunteers; create volunteer position descriptions; create volunteer training curriculum; train volunteers; set up (design, implement) systems to track and manage volunteers and volunteer hours; supervise and communicate timely with volunteers; oversee volunteer service projects, organize reward celebrations of volunteers and evaluate volunteer impact etc.
2) Technology and Social Media Coordinator- CM may design informational/educational material for social media, email (ie. constant contact), and web platforms; train staff and volunteers on maintaining web site, facebook page etc. once the systems are set up. Research and implement technology systems to increase the efficiency of the program or service the program provides.
3) Program Outreach & Community Awareness Coordinator- CM may design and implement informational/educational materials and tools to increase outreach to potential community beneficiaries (ie. press releases, marketing materials); create/implement annual outreach plan; cultivate relationships with potential community partners to assess outreach opportunities and maintain existing ones; convene partners and stakeholders; facilitate focus groups; develop systems to track outreach effectiveness; plan, organize, and implement informational outreach events and community service projects, fairs, workshops, etc.
4) Program Development Coordinator- CM may develop guidelines, curriculum, timelines, policies and procedures and tracking systems etc. to pilot a new or fledgling program within the organization. CM may also test what they have developed and assess effectiveness. CM may offer recommendations for improvement of the program. The intention of this role is to design a program which provides long-term, on-going service, not an episodic project or event.
Check out 2017-2018 Partner Organizations and Position descriptions here.