Community Outreach and Trauma Specialist (AmeriCorps)

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Community Outreach and Trauma Specialist (AmeriCorps)

Are you thinking about law school or a career in counseling or public health?  Would you enjoy working with a team of lawyers, counselors, and social workers? We are looking for an individual who is passionate about helping youth find the resources they need to heal and thrive.

Organization Description: Kids Matter Inc. was founded by foster and kinship families, social workers, and others who saw gaps in services for abused and neglected children and the families who take them in to help them heal. Kids Matter exists to open doors of promise and opportunity for foster and kinship children and their caregivers and all children impacted by crime. We help children heal and thrive. We do this by putting the needs of children first, building collaborative child-centered systems of support, and holding accountable those who fail to act in the best interests of these children. We also advocate for systemic improvements in child services. We build many community partnerships, and our child-centered work has been recognized by agencies as diverse as the WI Department of Corrections to the Attorney General’s office, from the Public Defender’s office to the District Attorney’s office. Our programs, youth, volunteers, and staff have received numerous statewide awards.

Position Description: This position will work primarily with the Fostering Healing and CASA Programs.  These programs help children who are being raised by relatives or foster families due to abuse and neglect, parental addiction, losing a loved one to homicide, witnessing domestic violence, or experiencing other traumas. Fostering Healing provides free crisis counseling and legal services and helps caregivers navigate complex systems and access supportive services so the children they love can heal and thrive. This position will help provide children with early access to upstream mental health support and help set up a new support group for youth.  This position supports mental health, healthy growth and development, and injury and violence prevention in children and youth across the state of Wisconsin. The CASA program trains and supports volunteers who are advocating for youth in foster care.  The position may help volunteer advocates navigate challenging health issues and access mental health care on behalf of youth.

Fostering Healing Team/CASA Team: 65%

  • Assist with conducting initial client intakes over the phone.
  • Help provide outreach in underserved communities, including rural areas.
  • Help develop and facilitate a new youth support group, bringing a new evidence-based curriculum to Wisconsin.
  • Develop resources for the grandfamilies support group, Facebook group, and website-based resources.
  • Link families with beneficial resources and community support.
  • Foster and kinship youth face high rates of mobility. This position may assist with special projects that help youth maintain positive connections and mental health resources if/when they move. The project may involve the use of ArcGIS software (previous experience is not necessary, but the applicant must be willing to learn mapping software).
  • Children raised by nonparent caregivers (relatives/foster parents) require a legal guardian to access advanced health care and mental health.  The position will help youth and caregivers navigate the path to wellness.

Training: 20% 

  • Participate in individual supervision meetings with supervisor, team meetings, and AmeriCorps member meetings/team-building activities.
  • Participate in training provided by the Host Site. Depending on the Member’s interest, we can send the Member to local, state, and national conferences.

Other Duties Related to Service Activity: 5%

  • Depending on Member skills and interests, Kids Matter Inc. has a variety of projects, including but not limited to developing bilingual brochures and other informational materials, interviewing community members, graphic design, etc.
  • Continue developing and implementing the donations & partnership model developed by prior service year volunteers.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working with diverse populations and backgrounds.
  • Maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
  • Strong written and verbal communication.
  • Enthusiasm for helping others and willingness to learn.

Other Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 17 years of age by September 9, 2024.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED. Some college or college degree preferred.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and auto insurance.
  • Able to travel between sites and to offsite events.
  • We prefer applicants who can complete the full term of service (at least 1700 hours) but will consider part-time applicants.


  • Eligible to receive a basic health, dental, and vision insurance plan (premium paid by AmeriCorps program), which covers only the member; it is not available to other family members.
  • Receive $21,500 (before taxes) over the course of service, with payment every two weeks. Final payroll is determined by Member’s tax status.
  • Childcare assistance (household income must qualify)
  • $7,395 education award upon successful completion of term of service. Members have seven years to use their education awards.
  • Forbearance on qualified student loans and interest accrual payments while serving.
  • No-cost health, vision, and dental insurance.

If the position is accepted, members must attend the AmeriCorps Member virtual orientation from September 9-13, 2024, and cannot leave at any time during the training sessions. Marshfield Clinic will likely host a winter training session as well. The term of service at Kids Matter will be mid-September  2024 through August 2025, with the exact end date negotiable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in one document to with “Community Outreach and Trauma Specialist (AmeriCorps)” in the subject line. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until July 15th, 2024.

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