TechServ Scholars AmeriCorps Program, operated by JEVS Human Services in partnership with AmeriCorps, is a unique, year-long opportunity for Philly youth ages 17-24 who want to help their community while developing advanced knowledge in IT (information technology) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Incentives to participants include living allowance, health care benefits, laptop and much more! The new program starts on August 21st and enrollment is now open via www.jevshumanservices.org/techserv.
Through “Learn & Serve” experiences, participants will gain hands-on, career skills and, in turn, provide digital literacy training to more than 400 younger youth in grades 5-12 living in the region’s most vulnerable and under-resourced neighborhoods. TechServ scholars will serve as technology ambassadors, reaching local children, teens and community members through the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation’s public computer centers and other community-based programs, as well Hopeworks ‘N Camden.
“We envision a community in which all young people—regardless of their circumstances—have the opportunity to connect to the education and supports that help them launch successfully into the workforce,” said Jay Spector, JEVS president & CEO. “We were thrilled to receive a national AmeriCorps grant to start up TechServ and bring our ‘gateway strategy’ to reality, by providing progressive, work-based learning experiences that introduce youth to real career pathways.”
Through this new TechServ Scholars program, JEVS aims to provide 20 young adults with the high-impact training and support they need to build skills in the region’s booming tech field, as well as the mentorship and experience they need to become community leaders over the long term. Upon completion of the program, participants may be connected to pre-apprenticeship opportunities or higher education.