Adult learners will have opportunities to improve their skills and knowledge related to employment through a partnership between YWCA Tri-County Area and AmeriCorps-Corporation for National and Community Service.
Scheduled to begin in August 2019, AmeriCorps DAWN (Dignified Advancement Workforce Navigation) members will work with adult learners and/or opportunity youth in 1-on-1 settings. AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs aimed at improving lives and fostering civic engagement. AmeriCorps members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.
AmeriCorps DAWN will address and resolve community's high rate of poverty and underemployment in our area by increasing job readiness skills. There are pockets of Montgomery County, specifically in Pottstown and Norristown, that experience higher percentages of families living in poverty than the county average. Both Pottstown and Norristown poverty rates – 22% according to 2018 U.S. Census estimate - are 5 times the county average of 4%.
AmeriCorps DAWN’s structure is based on the PA Department of Human Service's theory of increased success within employment and training: Success is not just about getting someone a job, but instead is about empowering them to develop tools and skills needed to attain self-reliance. This shift, from focusing on placement to long-term success, addressing barriers, and prioritizing long-term goals, will equip clients with the skills needed to achieve family-sustaining jobs.
YWCA Tri-County Area is currently looking to fill 10 AmeriCorps DAWN member opportunities by August. To learn more, please visit here. To apply for this opportunity, please email your cover letter, resume, and references here.
YWCA Tri-County Area is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Tri-County Area serves more than 1,500 women, girls, and families annually through early childhood education, youth empowerment programming, adult education, and Foster Grandparents Program.