The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. Commonwealth Corps members will serve up to twelve months in full-time or part-time capacities at designated nonprofits and public entities. What they have in common is a desire to put their talents and ideas to use in the service of their communities and the Commonwealth.
More Than Words (MTW) empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school, to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW began as an online bookselling training program in 2004, becoming a vibrant storefront on Waltham’s Moody Street by 2005. This fall, More Than Words reached an exciting inflection point with the opening of its 2nd site in the South End of Boston. In addition to participating in the store-based job training program 20-30 hours per week, youth have a second equally important job called the “YOU” job, which is very deliberate personal transition planning and case management to support youth to move on to meaningful jobs and college. MTW continues to provide community based case management and support services for youth for a full 2 years upon transitioning from MTW to another job or college.
MTW is seeking the support of two full-time Commonwealth Corps Members (1 to serve in Boston & 1 to serve in Waltham) in deepening its programming and building out services for youth in the two years after transitioning from MTW to future employment and education opportunities.
Attend all required corps trainings and service events held by MSA
Complete minimum of 1600 hours of service
Strengthen existing employer partnerships and actively cultivate new employer partnerships (in the form of jobs, internships, externships, or training experience).
Support youth in making a successful transition from More Than Words to employment and/or post-secondary education by implementing comprehensive career exploration workshops which expose youth to growth career fields and different types of postsecondary opportunities.
Participate in MTW meetings, presentations, and/or events, as assigned.
Help coordinate workshops, speakers, site visits, job shadows, and intern/externships for MTW Veterans and Alumni.
Assist in training youth to build and reinforce job skills including developing a clear identification of longer-term career goals (with pathways to achieving those goals clearly defined) and subsequent placements into employment, training, and/or postsecondary education.
Support Veterans and Alumni through workshops and small groups to advance their goals and outcomes.
Aid in collecting follow-up assessments with MTW graduates at 6-months, 12-months, 18-months, and 24-months after they have transitioned on.
Work with the Evaluation and Alumni Manager to deepen Veteran/Alumni engagement and refine data collection and ensure that data drives the planning, implementation, and achievement of long-term employment goals (retention, wage gains, advancement) as well as higher education goals.
Coordinate efforts to capture anecdotal data of alumni success stories including video footage, vignettes, interviews, alumni panels, etc.
18 years of age or older
Experience with or interest in volunteerism and community engagement
The ability to work independently and as a team
Prior experience working with teens, particularly those in foster care and/or facing compounding risk factors is preferred
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