SCYC | Youth Leadership Champion

2019-2020 Program Year

Team UP AmeriCorps Member Position Description:

Youth Leadership Champion


The Program: Team UP is a Collective Impact initiative serving Dolores and Montezuma Counties in southwest Colorado. Since 2015, Team UP has operated under its backbone organization, United Way of Southwest Colorado (UWSWC). Team UP’s mission is to provide a comprehensive system of support to every child in our counties, from cradle to career. Team UP collaborates across sectors and promotes clear communication towards common progress in order to make a big difference.

The School Community Youth Collaborative (SCYC) provides middle and high school programming to Montezuma and Dolores counties through a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework. SCYC’s programs provide youth with opportunities for positive social involvement and civic engagement. SCYC programs teach valuable skills that make youth more resilient and put them on a path to becoming self-sufficient, successful adults. Curriculum components include: self-assessment and self-awareness, problem solving, communication skills, conflict resolution, relationship building, media literacy, employability skills, team building, and academic support. 

AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National & Community Service, and has been called “the domestic Peace Corps.” AmeriCorps provides opportunities that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.

Service Position Summary: 

The Youth Leadership Champion will expand the High School Leadership curriculum from 4 months to 9 months, and will expand the Mancos Youth Leadership Council from 5 months to 11 months. The AmeriCorps member will add service learning projects to each of these programs, and will create content and agendas for the expansion of both programs. The member will communicate with youth and community members to ensure the programming is applicable to the youth.  They will collect and manage data (survey administration) for both programs. In addition, the AmeriCorps member may help with the Outdoor Gear Lending Library that Montezuma Inspire Coalition has put together for youth and their families in Montezuma County.  

Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities): 

Provide direct service to high school youth in Montezuma and Dolores counties through expansion of High School Leadership and Youth Leadership Council. This will be accomplished through curriculum development and recruiting youth and volunteers.

  • Implement Dover Youth to Youth in Youth Leadership Council.
  • Plan and implement a youth lead service learning project for High School Leadership, over the course of 9 months.
  • With guidance of High School Program Coordinator, choose appropriate activities and discussion topics for each meeting.
  • Track progress and collect data for performance measures and other evaluations tools
  • Communicate with the regional Team UP AmeriCorps teams, and represent Team UP and Serve Colorado in the community and on social media
  • Attend trainings and participate in Days of Service

Marginal Functions (Secondary Responsibilities): 

Additional tasks include:

  • Track reimbursements
  • Help families access the Gear Lending Library for Montezuma Inspire Coalition
  • Support United Way of SW Colorado, School Community Youth Collaborative, and Team UP AmeriCorps team as appropriate and necessary

Physical, Emotional, and intellectual Demands:

  • Patience with youth
  • Communication with community members
  • Growing Social Emotional Intelligence knowledge, and using daily
  • It will be crucial to understand the Positive Youth Development framework (SCYC will educate on this) SCYC works within to promote positive, pro-social youth engagement opportunities.   


  • Ethic of national and community service, strong desire to create positive change
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; computer literate
  • Skills or experience preferred: community and volunteer organizing 
  • High School Graduate required (GED accepted)
  • Ability to pass criminal history check
  • Reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance if you will be transporting others in your vehicle
  • U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status required  
  • Young Adults, ages 18-21 are encouraged to apply

Term of Service – Time Commitment: This is a part-time national and community service position requiring, at a minimum, a total of 900 hours during the year (approximately 20 hours/week.) The position begins September 3, 2019 and ends August 31, 2020. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments. Service on the following dates is required (note that Days of Service dates are subject to change): 

    • September 3-4: Team UP AmeriCorps Member Orientation (2 days, 1 night,) Dolores
    • September 5: Site Specific Training at SCYC
    • September 11: Day of Service and Remembrance 
    • October: Statewide AmeriCorps Retreat, location in Colorado to be determined
    • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
    • March 31: Cesar Chavez Day of Service 
    • 4 additional Team UP AmeriCorps Trainings, dates and locations to be determined

Trainings and Support Provided: Team UP AmeriCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable, approved trainings. Member will be supervised and supported by Mary Jo Standard at SCYC ( as well as Al Huckins, AmeriCorps Program Director ( The 11 Team UP AmeriCorps members serving throughout the region will act as resources and support for each other.

Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at SCYC’s office located at: 10 West Main Street Suite 102, Cortez, CO, and will involve service at other locations in Montezuma and/or Dolores Counties. Position is office-based, and will involve frequent days of service (outdoors and/or in a school and/or community building.)  

Benefits: Part-time Team UP AmeriCorps members receive:

  • A living allowance of $9,000/ year. Taxes are deducted and the living allowance is distributed monthly, by direct deposit to the member’s bank account.
  • An education award of $3,047.50 upon successful completion of term of service. It is possible to defer student loans while serving as an AmeriCorps member.
  • Mileage reimbursement will be paid at the IRS rate for travel to required trainings and days of service. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
  • Non-tangible benefits including extensive training, valuable experience, networking, and the opportunity to serve the local community in a crucial area of need.


Diversity and Equal Opportunity: United Way values the diversity of our community.  In principle and in practice the diverse nature of our board, staff, and volunteers is recognized as one of our best assets.  We respect each individual’s unique gifts and prohibit unfair or discriminatory practices against anyone because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and any other protected category.

To Apply: To apply to be an AmeriCorps member, you need to create an account with the AmeriCorps Recruitment System. The application period opens July 15, 2018, and the deadline is August 5, 2018.

  • Go to the website:, click on “Apply to Serve” at the bottom of the page. 
  • Complete the requested profile information. (You will need a Social Security number and valid address, telephone number, and email.) 
  • Once you receive your account information via email, log on to the myAmeriCorps portal and use the navigation pane on the left to complete your application and references. 
  • When your application is complete, click “Search Listings.” Type “United Way of Southwest Colorado” into the Program Name field, click “Search.” Click the listing and submit your application to United Way of Southwest Colorado.