Lasallian Volunteers of the De La Salle Christian Brothers
Affiliation:The De La Salle Christian Brothers
Goal of Program:The Lasallian Volunteers program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers provides dedicated, well-trained Volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies of the Brothers whose Mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the Volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education. Lasallian Volunteers change the world for the better and discover themselves transformed in the process. More than a third of the volunteers return for additional years of service. To date, more than 700 volunteers have participated in this intense program of faith, community and service. Many of them continue to serve in Lasallian Ministries today.
Type of Placement:Teacher/tutor in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, adult education programs, outdoor education programs and after school programs. Case Managers/Social Workers; Campus Ministry/Retreat Work/Service Outreach coordinating; Development: Public Relations/Grant Writing/Fundraising; Coaching Sports Teams; Adventure-based Recreation Leader.
Service Area:Tucson, AZ; Concord, San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Browning, MT; Albany, Brooklyn, Bronx, Freeport, Springfield Gardens, Manhattan, NY; Tulsa, OK; Portland, OR; Philadelphia, PA; Providence, Pawtucket, RI; Memphis, TN; El Paso, TX; Racine, WI
Service Length:One year, renewable, starting late July/early August.
Requirements:Single men and women, married couples without dependents, ages 21 years and older. College graduate. Interested in living with an organized, faith-based community (applicants need not be Catholic or Christian). Drivers license and birth certificate. A criminal history review and child abuse history clearance. Personal interview.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board, small stipend, medical insurance, transportation to and from mission site.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in Community to gain full access to the world of the poor and to the school/social service agency. Sharing Community with the Brothers and Lasallian Partners provides an intergenerational support structure. Together, the Community shares meals, reflection, friendly support, laughter, friendship with LVs, and activities such as Community socials and outings. Community provides the forum for mentoring by talented professionals on how to adapt one's talents and enthusiasm for effective results with students or clients. Both the local community and the Community of Volunteers, Brothers and Lasallian Partners past and present provide support for the arduous work.
Program Size:50 to 55 volunteers
Training:Volunteers attend a ten-day orientation concentrating on their future service and community experience. On-site orientation. There are also opportunities to attend regional retreats/convocations. Volunteers gather for a mid-year and debriefing retreat over the course of the service year.
Application Deadline:Priority Deadline: February 15th. 2nd Round Deadline: March 6th. 3rd Round Deadline: March 17th.
Current Urgent Opportunities
Residential Counselors provide day to day structure and supervision of youth in the activities of daily living in the residential program as well as plan, lead and at times participate in recreation activities with residents. They are mentors and role models to court adjudicated youth.
The Educational Facilitator assists the faculty, staff and students in the everyday life of the school. This individual will serve as a teaching assistant in classrooms and serve as a substitute teacher when teachers are late or absent. The candidate will assist in overseeing recess and lunch duties participating in morning assemblies, and chaperone after school and/or weekend activities and events. This candidate will cover the front desk as necessary, ie: answering phones, greeting parents and mentors, etc. and any additional tasks assigned by the Academic Dean or Dean of Students. The Educational Facilitator must have the ability to interact with students in a positive way and have a positive rapport with faculty and staff members. The individual must have some academic knowledge of math, language arts, science, social studies, etc. The candidate must be flexible with tasks that are assigned and to show initiative and self-motivation. This candidate must use time wisely and effectively and be a positive Lasallian role model.
As Service Program Coordinator, this LV will work in the Campus Ministry Office and assist the Campus Minister in moderating the Campus Ministry Committee for Students; develop community relations; provide school-wide service opportunities; and assist in retreat development. As Technology Aide, this LV will assist in the daily wellbeing of school-wide technology and publicity. This LV will assist in: promoting the school through social and print media; aiding faculty and students with multi-media projects and presentations; serving on the Faculty Technology Committee; and assist a student communication committee and student publications.
WCC would provide one-to-one assistance to students in improving their writing skills. About a third of our students have English as a second language and a number transfer from Mexican schools. The coordinator has been a much accessed resource by our students. The coordinator is also very helpful with editing senior applications for admissions and scholarships. They coordinate with the English teachers to assist students with essays. If asked, they go up to the classroom to help students in class.
The position is primarily as an assistant to the High School Coordinator of the After-school support programs which include the roles of supervisor of the study hall, tutor and mentor program; and, offering the Out-reach mini courses during the day at various school sites under the supervision of the Outreach Coordinator. Serve as the high school associate, providing supervision and assistance to the high school students during after-school service hours. Provide individually-guided assistance in all subject areas, with an emphasis in social studies, reading and writing for high school students. Supervise the dismissal times; ensuring each child is picked up or has a safe way to get home. Collaborate in planning and implementing the Breakthrough Thursday Program. Coordinate the computer laboratory materials, supplies, general maintenance and, trouble- shooting with minor issues. Facilitate small groups in Outreach programs at various school sites during the day. Collaborate with the coordinator of the high school support programs to arrange high school visits to talk with counselors, teachers and students in the schools where students attend during the day. Assist high school coordinator in providing programs for high school students, such as, high school projects and pre-college preparations, college trips, etc.
The Immersion Group Coordinator provides an important link in realizing the larger objective of the immersion program: to offer visiting groups a unique experience of a Lasallian San Miguel model school on the Blackfeet Reservation. The Coordinator is responsible for maintaining timely communications with the coordinating group liaison, the visiting group's adult moderators, the classroom instructors, the De La Salle Blackfeet School's director of advancement and the administrative staff. The coordinator is directly responsible to the president of the school.
The OS would spend their time in direct service with the Serviam tenants. Our tenants require a lot of one-to-one help and advocacy regarding their housing vouchers and subsidies and that requires sitting with them and going over their documentation and verifying their information with them present. This process is vital in order to maintain their housing subsidy in place and enable them to live at Serviam.
The Activities Coordinator in conjunction with the Support Services Coordinator and Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation staff will design programming and activities that will engage and enrich the lives of the residents at Serviam Gardens. The AC will be responsible for coordinating, implementing and overseeing all programs and activities offered at Serviam Gardens. Assist with recruiting and supervision of volunteers from local community groups, churches, high schools and colleges. Facilitate periodic workshops with outside organizations on varied topics including heath issues, financial education, entitlement benefits and other topics. Arrange occasional outings and filed-trips.
The LV would ideally teach Physical Education. PE classes are taught one time per week for each of the six grades. To teach PE, the volunteer would need a willingness and ability to plan and demonstrate PE activities with the students to give them an appreciation of a healthy life style and good sportsmanship. A curriculum guide is available to assist the volunteer in planning and preparation. The volunteer would need to be able to encourage students to actively participate and follow the Five Goals of La Salle Academy: responsible, respectful, consistent, peaceful, and motivated. If possible, a bi-lingual volunteer could teach Spanish to our students. The Lasallian Volunteer will assist the administrative staff in all areas including but not limited to occasional classroom substitution, office work, development work, and prep support for the Science Lab. Under the direction of the principal, the volunteer will share responsibility with the principal and staff for organizing and leading the various enrichment activities, including after-school activities, Homework Club, and Saturday field trips. Participation in community service opportunities and the Summer Session (four weeks in July) is also part of the school year. In addition, the volunteer will attend faculty meetings, parent/guardian meetings, all scheduled school activities, and supervise lunch and recess.