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Mental Health Crisis in County

Re-Elect County Executive Marc Elrich

Dear Friends,

We were all shocked by the planned attack on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his home in Montgomery County this week, and I want to thank the Montgomery County Police Department, the U.S. Marshals, and the FBI for their work to keep the Justice, his family, and the community safe. Violent behavior, or even the threat of it, is never acceptable regardless of any ideological differences. Violence in any form will not be tolerated in this County.

Our police arrested the man who was armed and traveled from California before arriving in the neighborhood and calling for help. We’re all grateful that this didn’t end with bloodshed or the loss of life, and it’s an opportunity to highlight the great need we have for mental health help in our nation. While the man will likely face federal charges of attempted murder and carrying a weapon, the judge will likely order a mental health evaluation as well.

We have a mental health crisis in this nation and the County. We are working to address these issues here in Montgomery County in our schools and elsewhere.

In schools throughout the County, we have student support teams that consist of school counselors, school psychologists, pupil personnel workers, and school nurses to help all children work through issues they come forward with. Following an individual or school-wide crisis, these teams provide the necessary support, care and interventions needed to help students, families and staff feel safe and secure. Our recently approved Fiscal Year 2023 budget expands these programs to give even more Montgomery County families access to this help.

People can reach out for help by calling or texting the hotline 301-738-2255.

Additionally, there is Access to Behavioral Health Services, which is a mental health screening and referral program that provides assessment and helps low-income adults living in Montgomery County who have no insurance. The program also helps people who abuse drugs as an attempt to cope. Infomontgomery.org is a wonderful resource to explore online that covers topics like mental health.

We believe in the hope and promise of science and research

Since taking office, I have been focused on building on our strengths in biosciences. The sector is booming I’m proud of the fact that we have 3 million square feet in lab space under development in Montgomery County right now and we are the heart of the fourth largest cluster for biotech companies in our region.

Covid cases decline in County, BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants on the rise

This week’s COVID-19 numbers show a decline in new case rates. For the first time in nearly a month we are once again below 300 cases per 100,000 residents, a more than 20 percent drop from last week. The hospitalization rate has also decreased slightly, and CDC community level status remains at medium.

The B-A 2 strains continue to make up nearly 90 percent of new cases reported in our region; however, the B-A 4 and 5 strains now account for about 10 percent of new cases—a significant jump over the last two weeks. The threat of new variants only emphasizes the need for people to continue to take safety measures seriously like cleaning your hands frequently, wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces and on public transportation.

Vaccination status matters

Our unvaccinated COVID-19 case rates are four times higher than those that are vaccinated. And if you are vaccinated, you need to be boosted. The efficacy of these vaccines wanes and even if you caught COVID-19 before, you could still catch it again.

And through all of this, long covid remains a real “thing”. Covid can have both long-term and short-term health impacts that can be serious. According to an April report from the Journal of Infectious Diseases, 49 percent of COVID-19 survivors reported persistent symptoms four months after diagnosis. We want to remain vigilant and serious about COVID-19 in this County, and we continue to remind you to follow the guidance and best practices we know that work to help keep you and your family safe this summer.

A summer to learn

We all look forward to the summer, but I want to remind parents that it is also an excellent opportunity to help struggling students catch up with their classmates. Recovering from learning loss due to the pandemic is a priority for all our students.

We are fortunate that we have been able to fund more MCPS summer school programs as well as career and mentorship opportunities to help students make up what they have missed. Most programs will not start until July, but they run the gamut from early college classes to elementary school lessons.

The curriculum is designed to support students who need additional or repeated instruction in the major work of the previous grade level and/or are currently below-grade level in reading or math, with an emphasis on foundational skills. Some students may receive specific outreach from their local school based on need. And most importantly all summer classes are free to families.

Furthermore, our Recreation Department, County municipalities, Montgomery College and community partners, such as recently opened IgniteHub and Kid Museum in Bethesda, are also providing our youth engaging educational offerings throughout the summer.

But the most important educational engagement a child can have over the summer is the encouragement and engagement of parents, grandparents’ guardians, and peers to continue to read, learn, and explore throughout their summer break.

As always my appreciation for all you do,

Marc ElrichCounty Executive

Applying for Project CHANGE- the Interview Questions

20 most common interview questions (and how to answer them) | Totaljobs

People applying to AmeriCorps Project CHANGE can expect an interview. The conversation is usually pretty informal, but these are some of the areas that we most want to know about:

When you think of your life as an unfolding story, how would a year of service fit into that narrative?

What is it that leads you to consider it, and where would it take you in readiness for your next step, after AmeriCorps?

Project CHANGE members serve as mentors to support the social and emotional needs of high risk children. What evidence can you present us that you will be able to manage this high stress role?

Project CHANGE AmeriCorps is more a calling than a job, given the low pay and the lack of a benefit package that one would normally expect from a job. What other supports do you have financially, or regarding accommodation and family support that members need to rely on to carry out the role?

Following through with your commitment as regards time and being totally present are crucial elements of mentoring for students who have been abused and abandoned. What evidence can you present to show you are a person of commitment?

The one quality that every successful candidate needs to show before we sign them on is whether they have a servants’ heart, meaning that they have a history of putting others first, of responding to others needs, to showing empathy and compassion and acting on these deep feelings to make the world a better place. How have you shown a servants heart?

Because we put the needs of others before our own, we need to know what might get in the way of carrying out your year of service? What other competing interests or commitments might prove to be an obstacle?

Project CHANGE is a team of members serving across the county, and as a team, they rely on one another for support and advice. What kind of team member are you and can you share an experience of what your greatest contribution to a team effort might be?

What in your life experience so far would lead you to expect you can manage high needs or high risk students contribute positively to their social and emotional health?

Pandemic disrupted learning for U.S. teens, but not evenly, poll shows

Heather Kelly Washington Post

In many ways, the switch to virtual learning was an unexpected, unplanned experiment that was conducted on millions of school-age children. When the coronavirus pandemic struck the United States in early 2020, schools across the country closed their classrooms, handed out laptops and tablets, and gave educators a crash course in holding squirming kids’ attention over apps like Zoom.Help Desk: Technology coverage that makes tech work for you

More than two years later, there’s new information about the impact that switch has had on teens between 13 and 17 years old and their parents. In a survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, there are signs that some things are returning to the way they were before the pandemic, but some teenagers feel left behind.The survey found that most kids have kept close relationships with friends and families over the pandemic and that they prefer going to school in person more than remotely. However, there are notable differences in how the pandemic, specifically remote learning, has affected Black and Hispanic teenagers and lower-income families.

Virtual learning set poor children even further behind, study shows

“One thing that stands out is we tend to see a difference in teens’ experiences by their household income,” said Colleen McClain, a Pew research associate who focuses on Internet and technology research.

Some of the starkest differences are around completing homework, known as the “homework gap.” Some teens are falling behind in school work, often due to a lack of adequate technology to complete assignments at home. Twenty-two percent of teenagers said they have had to finish homework on their phones, and 12 percent said they sometimes can’t complete their homework because they don’t have the technology to do it. A lack of computers, smartphones and reliable home Internet are all contributing factors. Twenty percent of low-income students who live in a household with an annual income of $30,000 or less said they don’t have a computer at home.

Childhood experts had worried about the impact of isolation on teen relationships during the early part of the pandemic. About half of teens reported feeling as close or closer to their parents than before the coronavirus crisis, and 49 percent said they had managed to maintain their close relationships with friends. However, a third of teenagers said they were less connected with people outside that inner circle, such as classmates. These relationships were another area where Hispanic and Black teens reported some less-positive experiences. They were more likely than White teenagers to feel less close to their friends.

Even the teens who managed well while learning remotely prefer being back in classrooms full time, the survey found. A majority of all teenagers said they prefer to attend school entirely in person, while 9 percent said they prefer to be fully remote.

Even after shootings, experts warn against cellphones in schools

While there’s a stronger preference for in-person learning, there are some notable differences between groups. Black teens are less likely to say they want to only go to school in person since the pandemic, while Hispanic teens are more likely to want a hybrid setup. Teens living in lower-income households are less likely to want to go back to school entirely in person, with 15 percent saying they would prefer to attend school completely online.

The study comes just as most students are wrapping up the school year and are primarily back to in-person learning. Eighty percent of students said they had attended school completely in person in the past month, while only 8 percent said they had been entirely online.

While many of the changes required early in the pandemic were temporary, some of the technology requirements have stuck around — and not without consequences. A recent study by Human Rights Watch found that of 164 educational apps it examined, nearly 90 percent were designed to collect and share data about students with advertising technology companies. The increase in smartphone usage among students, particularly teens, has led some educators to try to incorporate those devices into their lesson plans. That can leave students without access to pricey smartphones behind, too.

Educators across the board have worried about whether remote learning would leave some kids behind. The parents of teenagers have mixed reviews of their various schools’ approaches to virtual schooling, and they tended to be more satisfied with it than the children themselves. Among parents, 39 percent say they’re satisfied with how schools handled remote learning, while only 28 percent of teens said the same.

Remote learning apps shared children’s data at a ‘dizzying scale’

The majority of teenagers also aren’t worried that they’ve fallen behind during the pandemic, while 28 percent of parents say they’re very or extremely worried about their kids falling behind because of the coronavirus crisis.

“There’s not a one-size-fits-all experience for teens when it comes to experiencing school during the pandemic,” said Monica Anderson, associate director of research at Pew.

The new report is based on a survey of 1,316 pairs of U.S. teens and their parents conducted April 14 to May 4, 2022, Pew said.

Are you willing to be AmeriCorps Poor?

The average individual income in Montgomery County MD is $50,000

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The average rent for a one bedroom apartment is $ 1609.00 a month

The living allowance for serving 1700 hours over 12 months in AmeriCorps Project CHANGE is $21,500

That works out at $1791 a month less taxes. If you are paying rent out of that, it leaves you with less than $200 a month for food, and other expenses!!!!!

You can only afford to do AmeriCorps Project CHANGE if you have the means to live beyond what AmeriCorps will be paying. It is not a job. It is a calling. You do it because of what you can give and not what you can gain.


The living allowance should be much higher but this is a year of service. One way to think about it is this- since you are serving those who don’t have much money, this is your way to build solidarity with them, to know the plight of the poor, and that when you struggle to make ends meet, your life is always at risk and your value always at the mercy of the job market.

Begging monk, woman putting rice into the begging bowl of a Buddhist monk,  Mae Hong Son, Northern Thailand, Thailand Stock Photo - Alamy

There is an old spiritual tradition still practiced in countries like Thailand where young people serve a year or two as street begging monks to prepare for life, gaining a deeper sense of what is essential to a life, beyond a fat pay check and a double garage and a beach studio.


Look around-What’s breaking your heart?


Holy Thursday: Radical Call to Be Served and to Serve | The Ampersand

“What do I tell my 20-something children who see only a bleak future ahead for themselves?”

First, let’s acknowledge that we need both minds and hearts to get anything done on this planet of ours, and in this country of ours. We can’t be all intellect and we can’t be all heart. We need the balance of both.

Second, take the question down to the personal, 20-somethings. (And 30–90-somethings, I added.)

Here’s my answer to the question:

Start where you are.
Look around.
What’s breaking your heart?
When you can answer that, hold still.
Search deep within yourself to discover what you want to do about it.
Do that.
Repeat.

That’s how all futures are made, Beloved.

Yours.
Mine.
America’s.

One personal dream at a time.

“The most radical thing you can do is stay home,” so sayeth Gary Snyder in answer to how we address climate change.

Let that inform your dreaming, Beloved.

Stay home inside yourself.

Make a difference right where you are, with what you have right now because those are the actions that taken altogether will invite those angels to swoop in at scale and at growing-to warp speed to transform all of us — together — for the better.

Dr. Susan Corso is a spiritual teacher, the founder of iAmpersand, and the author of The Mex Mysteries, the Boots & Boas Books, and spiritual nonfiction. Her website is susancorso.com.

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Are you AmeriCorps Crazy?

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Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them; disagree with them; glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.“ 


Robert Siltanen

Source: https://quotepark.com/quotes/1760360-jack-kerouac-heres-to-the-crazy-ones-the-misfits-the-rebels/

Are you AmeriCorps Mad?



How the Roman Candle Became the Internet's Favorite Way to Get Injured

“The only people for me are the mad ones,
the ones who are mad to live,
mad to talk,
mad to be saved,
desirous of everything at the same time,
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing,
but burn, burn, burn,
like fabulous yellow roman candles
exploding like spiders across the stars
and in the middle you see the blue center light pop
and everybody goes
“Awww!””


Jack Kerouac

Source: https://quotepark.com/quotes/1760360-jack-kerouac-heres-to-the-crazy-ones-the-misfits-the-rebels/

AmeriCorps- A Servants Heart

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When we come to another year, another team, another AmeriCorps recruiting campaign, we stop in the space in-between, to look back to look forward, and ask what we call the Magic Question.

What do we know from here (NOW)
that we did not know from there, (BACK THEN)
that knowing and acting on,
will improve our chances of getting closer
to the desirable end than last time? (THERE)

What we have discovered was that operating in a recovering economy, with employers vying for strong candidates, we might have been caught up in the competitive game of jobs. We got to thinking that Project CHANGE needed to match the job scene to be viable and competitive. In some sense, that was obvious. But paying $21,500 a year versus $45000? Who were we trying to kid?

People have more options than ever. But what happened with some members was that this “job” did not pay enough for their rent or their other needs. And they realized that too late.

IT'S NOT A JOB ... IT'S A CALLING Poster | cna | Keep Calm-o-Matic

We needed to make it clear. This is NOT a job, nor anything like a job. Too often AmeriCorps has been seen as an employment training scheme for first time job-seekers, but if one is seriously meeting the needs of the most under-served students in our district, you can hardly pretend that unskilled and unexperienced candidates who struggle to meet their own needs or build their own futures are going to be strong assets to meet the increased needs of students at school. What were we thinking?

No, my dear friends, Project CHANGE is NOT a job. Let’s put that out there from the start. One recent candidate began her inquiry with the question “What is the benefit package?” Again, not a bad question if you were after a job but exactly the wrong question if this is a role of leadership through serving. So how are we going to be different this year? What did the Magic Question reveal to us?

What we are seeking from all our candidates, we believe, can be summed up in three words- A Servants Heart.  We are not pulling religion on you. In a faith context, the term has lots of rich meanings but treating it as a secular term, what does that exactly mean? In a way, we are selling the life of virtue. A virtuous life used to be the epitome of success. Not any more.

We could parse the term but probably the best way to understand it is to explore the stories that take us inside this human experience. That might even be a question for all our candidates: Instead of the normal, what skills, what career goals, what qualifications and degrees, we start differently.

Share a story from your life that shows us that you have a Servant’s Heart- where your going the extra mile made a difference to someone other than you, where you made at significant cost to yourself, a choice or a decision that radically affected someone else’s chances in life.

Our culture already has some go-to classics.

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“The Good Samaritan” that Jesus told where the despised outsider Samaritan- (today, sadly as much as 2000 years ago) assists the insider recover from a murderous assault, and where his duty of care reverses the order of power. The powerful are helped by the powerless. It is like a leper healing the sick, or the blind leading the sighted, or the poor bringing a different sort of wealth to the rich.

AmeriCorps Project CHANGE gives members a chance to create this sort of story, where, even without being a teacher, they connect to the students in ways of positive influence that most teachers do not. I think of Funa or Jakobe. Or where your own struggle as a woman or an immigrant is going to inspire a younger version of you to strive to make her contribution. I think of Pearl and Ori. You will get to see your impact for good in the world, and how good is that?

We are not in the land of experts. We are not in the land of fully paid-up professionals. We are not in the land of reports and evaluations and strategic plans. We are in the land of a good heart. As the song says, a good heart is hard to find.

There is something about generosity, about kindness, about pure and spontaneous unselfishness, that is so counter-cultural these days. It used to be called virtue. Today, we are constantly told that the only way to success is self-promotion. Get a web site. Become your own brand. The guiding star seems to be “What is in it for me? ” If we sell service that way, and if that is the way candidates approach it, we are part of the misperception of what AmeriCorps is about.

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Not with AmeriCorps 2022! Not with Project CHANGE 2022! The offer we make you is actually a challenge. Do you dare test your power for good? What added value you can bring to someone you will have the privilege and duty of serving? That is a sacred responsibility and a sacred trust. Do not enter into that compact lightly.

The students you will be meeting are mostly those who have been given up on, walked out on, abused, ignored and kicked to the curb. Your students in that after school program are likely kids whose trust of care has been broken by war or poverty. Adults at crucial moments, did not show up. Imagine if one of your girls just lost her mother, and you were just feeling too tired to be there? Imagine that one of your boys got into a fight at school and you were the only one who could talk him down and you took the day off to prepare for exams? A life hangs in the balance. And it is not yours.

No, you are in this year totally or you best stay away. There cannot be any half hearted commitments. For the time you are supposed to be there for these kids, you are totally there. No question. Not showing up might mess up the Time Sheets, but who can measure what your kids lost? How could we create a Time Sheet for that?

Of course, you will be tired, and you will be worrying about that exam or your Mum who is sick, and you will be perplexed at the kid who seems totally out of sorts and provokes you. Yes, that is what you sign on for. If after a few weeks, you miss training because you are sick, or take 4 self-care days in three weeks or don’t show up to be with program, you are telling us that this is not going to work. We cannot let you continue if that means disappointing the kids who have come to rightly expect that, if you are AmeriCorps, you are 300% there for THEM, not for the school district or the YMCA or the other great programs. You are the secret ally of every kid who is in trouble, whose life is a mess, who knows no one really cares, not even you until you prove it by showing up.

No, you are their advocate and secret advisor and guardian angel and pledge and protector. If that is not how you see yourself this year, please go find a great job. We will manage with half our spots filled but with the right people rather than have a full team where half are there for the job, or there for half the time, or there for the wrong reason. You are there for them. You are not there for yourself. Self-service is what you do in Giant. It does not belong here.

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What story do you have that mirrors the Servant’s Heart?

Let’s explore more of those stories, and let’s make them the hallmark or our recruiting and our selection.

MCPS High School Principals- AmeriCorps makes an offer

Dear  Principal and Career Guidance Team,

As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to make an offer regarding some of your amazing students who you wish could stay on for an extra year. There are always some student leaders who contribute so much by their presence and example, that you will miss them when they are gone. What we are proposing is a way that you could possibly facilitate the continuing service of these student leaders in your school for 2022-23.  Let me explain.

AmeriCorps Project CHANGE is Montgomery County’s original AmeriCorps program, started by former MCPS principal Dr.  Bob Anastasi and Superintendent Jerry Weast back in 2001. For 20 years, Project CHANGE has served the community and its students, and come the end of your school year, we  begin our recruiting for 16 new members of our team for the coming year. 


Candidates have to be 18, have a high school diploma, be American citizens or green card holders, and be able to devote an uninterrupted year to service. Selected to be Members, they will serve in MCPS schools- potentially your school-  and in After School programs. A member who serves 35 hours a week, (Fridays are trainings days)  receives a living allowance of $21,500 and health insurance, plus 300 hours of personal and professional development. At the completion of their 1700 hours, they receive a $6,450 Segal Education award. They are supported, trained and supervised by our AmeriCorps team of professionals.

Imagine some of your best students applying to AmeriCorps Project CHANGE, serving back in the school from which they just graduated, working as a peer mentor and classroom support to the teachers and staff. Imagine that you help us customize a role for that student that you know so well that will excite them, and bring out the best of their talents.

MCPS John Landesman leads Study Circles for the AmeriCorps team

And here is the good news. Because MCPS is our partner, all the costs are paid by the school system. All you have to do is help us recruit and select, and then provide the supervision and support throughout the year. It is a win-win for you, the student and ourselves, because we both get the best students, and MCPS harvests the gifts it has helped create among its student population.  If you are interested in having a chat about this, with no obligation, Mr John Di Tomasso is serving as our High School liaison. He is Project CHANGE Chairman, and a former MCPS principal himself and  he is happy to talk you through the options. 


Congratulations to the class of 2022 and to you, the school team that got them through. If you wanted a chance to enlist your best for a year of giving back, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yours Sincerely

Paul Costello Executive Director Project CHANGE
John Di Tomasso Project CHANGE Chairman
Khadija Barkley Head of Saturday School

Graduates, consider a Gap year serving your school

school shooting | Definition, Examples, Causal Factors, & Facts | Britannica

HOW TO MAKE SCHOOLS SAFE AGAIN FOR LEARNING
The rising incidence of violence in our schools is turning education into the opposite of what it should be. School is meant to be a place where it is safe to explore and experiment, not a place ruled by fear. Yet, after COVID19, the social safety net is frayed. Schools are struggling just to get back to normal schedules, and the youth who are troubled or feel neglected risk dropping out, or turning to destructive behaviors, just to get attention. Most of the shooters in schools are of high school age which means that peers know them. It also means their peers can help them and probably are the best equipped to see trouble brewing before it becomes lethal. That is where YOU come in.


SERVING WITH AMERICORPS
You are 18+, and you have just graduated from High School. You are not quite ready for college or starting a normal job. You see the gaping need in your own school community and you want to give back. You know kids in your own circle who lost hope. You know how much it means to have someone there to listen, to encourage, and to help a fellow student get back on track. You feel that urge to serve the school community that gave you so much, but you don’t know how. You can’t afford to do it for nothing. You need health insurance perhaps, and you need some support and training. You want to do it but don’t know where to start. We have a way.

AmeriCorps Project CHANGE is offering you the unique opportunity for a gap year that will change your life because it will give you the chance to make a difference and change someone else’s life. Project CHANGE doesn’t believe in just talking about change. It believes in getting things done. You will not be acting in any official role, or expected to be a trained counsellor. You are there as peer support in the classroom with the teachers, as all AmeriCorps members do. They are part of the support team for those trained to look after the students. But that informal support role is vital. Because you are a peer, you get it. You can help bridge any generational divide.


PROJECT CHANGE
Project CHANGE is the original AmeriCorps program that for 21 years, has been serving Montgomery County students. Every year, we look at the emerging needs and focus on who might be most inspired to respond to them. We believe that motivated and energetic new graduates from our local High Schools are the people best placed to serve in our schools to know who needs support, and to thereby mitigate the violence epidemic threatening education everywhere.


Project CHANGE has a unique Social Emotional Learning Approach based around stories. We focus on the story that a student is telling themselves about their value, their talents, their chances for success and their future. We use a student-friendly tool called MyScore which gets students to focus on growing in the 5Cs of Social Emotional Learning- confidence, curiosity, collaboration, courage and career-future focus. Members who serve their Gap Year in the schools will be trained to use this tool and shape interventions around the student’s own sense of self. Imagine being the difference between a student passing or failing? Imagine being the difference between a student believing in herself and a student acting out their despair and damaging everyone around them?

DO YOU QUALIFY

Requirements for AmeriCorps members in Project Change:
1. 18+ years of age
2. High School Diploma
3. Drivers license/access to a vehicle
4. Able to work in the US
5. Able to devote 35 hours a week
6. Some experience working with children/youth
7. Willing to have a criminal background check
8. Proof of full vaccination status for COVID19
9 Able to serve for a full 12 months
10. Willing to serve in a High School setting

BENEFITS

In return, AmeriCorps members receive:
Professional Development through weekly training on Fridays
$21,500 living stipend
$6,450 educational scholarship upon completion
Health benefits
Professional mentoring
Peer support network and connection to AmeriCorps alumni
Preference in hiring for many organizations
The positions offer an overall life-changing experience. Most positions are full-time (1700 hours during a 12-month term) and some positions are half-time (900 hours during a 12-month term).


BACKGROUND
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) with 160,000 Students shut down for over a year, leaving kids cut off from their peers, depriving them of normal healthy social outlets. School is back but how do we make up for their losses in Social/Emotional learning, the very skills students need most to succeed in life. This is where YOU come in. Your role in the school will be as a mentor and coach to your peers, and to model for them ways to

-Actively engage and problem-solve physical, psychological, social and disciplinary issues that affect themselves and the community.
-Take responsibility for their actions.
-Set themselves up for success

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Project CHANGE Montgomery began in 2001 as the original Montgomery County MD program of AmeriCorps, America’s “Domestic Peace Corps.” Places are available from mid August 2022 to mid-August 2023 and AmeriCorps members serve the county’s most under-served K-12+ students.