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The LAYC/MMYC AmeriCorps program is an employment opportunity for young people to work as part of the national community service movement. The AmeriCorps program hires, trains, and places Corps members within Prince George’s Public School System middle schools. In school year 2013-2014, MMYC’s Americorps works with Buck Lodge, Nicholas Orem and William Wirt Middle School students. Members also provide services to high school youth in the Langley Park and Riverdale communities.

This program provides the opportunity for young adults who are considering a career in youth development or teaching the chance to try their hand in a real-world setting and gain tons of useful skills. Our focus on social justice sets us apart from other programs; we utilize innovative and cohesive approaches to education ranging from project-based learning to restorative practices to LAYC’s special brand of Positive Youth Development (PYD). Members gain new skills, earn money for college and develop valuable work experience, all while helping to make their communities stronger and safer.

LAYC/MMYC's AmeriCorps program also strives to increase parental involvement in their children’s education. The program hosts numerous events to foster relationships between LAYC staff, youth, and parents including parent orientations, field trips, and school special events.

The National Council of La Raza and the State of Maryland’s Governor’s Office On Volunteerism and Service provide the foundational funding for the MMYC AmeriCorps program. Other funders include the Prince George’s Administration for Family Services, Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, DPR Foundation, Capital One, and the Angell Foundation.

Program Schedule

AmeriCorps members serve a one year term, starting in September in either part-time or full-time positions. The general schedule for part-time members is Monday-Thursday, 2pm-6pm, and Friday, 1pm-5pm. The schedule for full-time members is 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Fridays. Summer hours vary. Members also participate in National Service Events or local community events that often occur on the weekends.

Eligibility Requirements

  • be a US citizen or resident;
  • be 18 years old or 17 years old with parental consent;
  • high school diploma or GED, or be in the process of earning a high school diploma;

Applicants do not need prior experience working with middle school students. However, ideal AmeriCorps applicants should demonstrate the following:

  • cultural respect and sensitivity;
  • punctuality and strong work ethic;
  • ability to work effectively both independently and on a team;
  • ability to balance outside time commitments with AmeriCorps position.

Benefits of Service

Members serve either 1700 hours (Full time) or 900 hours (part-time), earning a modest stipend paid bi-weekly. Upon completion of their service hours, members also receive an educational award to be used to pursue further educational opportunities

Additionally, members receive weekly ongoing training and development in: tutoring, lesson planning, database entry, classroom management and discipline, emergency preparedness, CPR and first aid, leadership development, volunteering, community development, and job preparedness and networking. Furthermore, members are offered opportunities to gain and demonstrate leadership, initiative, and other valuable and marketable skills.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted until July 1st of each year. Application materials must, completed, and mailed, faxed, or returned in person. Application materials can be picked up in person at the CEP building at 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD 20737 . You may print the paper application by clicking here.

References do not need to be completed in order to turn in the application, but please have references completed and turned in by the July 1st deadline. Applications should be turned in at the Center for Educational Partnership (CEP) located at 6200 Sheridan Street, Riverdale, MD 20737 or faxed to (301)-779-4052. Applications can also be completed online by following this application.

For more information contact Sandra Martinez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (301) 779-2851 Ext. 225.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:48
 

MMYC Locations

LAYC/MMYC at Silver Spring
8700 Georgia Avenue, Suite 500
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Telephone: (301) 495-0441 

LAYC/MMYC at Langley Park
7411 Riggs Road, Suite 418
Hyattsville, Maryland 20783
Telephone: (301) 431-3121

LAYC/MMYC at Riverdale
(Center for Educational Partnership
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6200 Sheridan Street
Riverdale, Maryland 20737
Telephone: (301) 779-2851

LAYC/MMYC at Germantown
Germantown One-Stop Center
12900 Middlebrook Road
Germantown, Maryland 20874