Youth Leader Development

YOUTH LEADERS, WE NEED YOU!

YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

A special message from Trish Doyle, mother of Kalen Doyle – 2015 Youth Leader of the Year –

May 3, 2021 – A special message from Trish Doyle, mother of Kalen Doyle, VMSRA2015 Youth Leader of the Year: ” My daughter Kalen Doyle volunteered with the VM Summer Reading Academy and was awarded the scholarship for [VMSRA2015]. Kalen went on to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and got a degree in History and Asian Studies with a minor in Chinese.  After graduating, she joined City Year Americorps and taught in both Sacramento and Memphis. She will graduate with her Masters of Education in two weeks through the Memphis Teacher Residency and Union University. 
Kalen is contracted to work with at risk students in an inner city Memphis school for the next three years. I wanted you to know, because deep down I think she was inspired by volunteering with you. She said she didn’t want to teach when she was in college, but now feels like it’s her calling. Thank you for guiding her path.”

SUMMER YOUTH LEADERS,

WE NEED YOU!

VMSRA is a leadership development program for Youth ages 15 through 20.

We especially encourage former VMSRA/MRH students to become Youth Leaders. 

WHAT DO WE DO?

During the month of July, the Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy (VMSRA) teaches elementary aged refugee and immigrant children basic English phonics, reading and writing with lots of fun included.  Our Youth Leaders are vital  to Summer Academy’s spirited success. VMSA 2021 will be remote only this summer.

HOW CAN I HELP?

Youth Leader positions include:

  • Virtual tutoring of students aged 6 through 14 (a minimum of 6 hours per week plus preparation time)
  • Tutor 1:1 or pair with another tutor, your choice
  • Assisting Leadership with organizational and administrative tasks
  • Assisting with online drama, dance, art and music enrichment activities
  • Providing technical assistance

HOW DO I TUTOR ONLINE?

Tutors commit to a minimum of 10 hours of tutoring per week plus lesson planning time.  

  • You will receive 12 detailed lesson plans.
  • Each lesson will take approximately 2 hours.  Tutors will schedule at least 3 sessions per week. 
  • Timing is flexible. You negotiate with student family. We ask that you not overlap with other scheduled VMSRA activities
  • Tutors will encourage their students to attend virtual enrichment programs provided by VMSRA.
  • Join weekly Zoom tutor round up sessions.

You must be comfortable contacting the student’s family to arrange tutoring times and sending reminders. Tutoring responsibilities include both helping to develop reading skills and letting our leadership team know if you sense a child is experiencing learning or emotional difficulties. You will also conduct welfare checks on your students and their family, referring needs to your coordinator for exercise, food, health, rental assistance.

WHO ARE WE?

OUR YOUTH LEADERS MODEL SUPERIOR BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE FOR OUR YOUNGER PARTICIPANTS. 

We have been chosen to participate because we are:

  • High school or college students between the ages of 15 and 20
  • Responsible, hard-working self-starters
  • Work well with kids and adults

Supervision will be minimal. Maturity and initiative, reliability, focus and energy are essential. 

You must commit to at least 10 hours per week during the month of July 2021 and complete online training during the month of June 2021

Please let us know if you would like to be considered for letters of commendation or social service credit so we can put you in touch with our Youth Coordinator.

IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VMSRA YOUTH LEADER, PLEASE >APPLY HERE<

View this informative video for VMSRA Youth Leaders, prepared by SMUs Lisa Olsen and Dr. Jillian Conry: https://youtu.be/dTWlkYCV8Mo

At the end of each summer’s VMSRA, one or more extraordinary Youth Leaders each calendar year will be selected by a panel of judges to receive the VMSRA Founders Youth Leader of the Year Award, along with a $500 scholarship to further their education.  

VMSRA/MRH Honor Roll of Youth Leaders of the Year 

With hard work, your name could be added to this impressive list!

2020 JULIA ELIAS AND JENNIFER ORTH

2019 MARISOL GALVEZ AND JULIET RICHARDSON

2018  ALDO PADILLA

2017 FELIX KIMBRELL AND WEST ROBERTS

2016 CAITLYN HODO

2015 KALEN DOYLE

2014 LEAH BARTLETT

During in-person VMSRA summer service, this informative video for VMSRA Youth Leaders will guide you in further understanding. This video was prepared by SMUs Lisa Olsen and Dr. Jillian Conry: https://youtu.be/dTWlkYCV8M