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Join the Higher Ground team! Higher Ground specializes in comprehensive support to critically at-risk students suffering from the effects of childhood trauma and poverty. Higher Ground is the only nonprofit in Tucson that addresses both poverty and trauma in our youth. Using our proprietary RTE Life Map, we go an inch-wide and a mile-deep to find out what each child needs, then provide them with the social-emotional skills and family support to overcome their adversities.

Administrative Assistant - full time





This AmeriCorps member will conduct the following activities in collaboration with Higher Ground staff, Arizona Serve staff, school staff and leadership, and AmeriCorps Resource Navigators, and engaged community members.

  • Community School Needs Assessments: They will implement a needs assessment to gather data that illustrate needs of students and their families, which will guide the development of the community schools initiative at the school. This data will be compiled with previous information for a more thorough analysis.
  • Coordinate Response to Student Absence: They will determine interventions for students identified as chronically absent in the previous school year or quarter using the “Reach Transform Elevate” model and coordinate the school-based absence action team. This member will work with Resource Navigators to implement interventions to reduce absenteeism.
  • Partner Development & Coordination: They will develop new partnerships with community organizations and nurture existing partnerships that continue to meet the needs identified by students, parents, and staff and engage them in providing services on school campus. This member will also help increase community engagement by encouraging family participation in school-based services including regularly scheduled resource events.

  • Facilitate School-wide Collaboration: They will serve as a key member to foster school staff and leadership participation in the development of the community school model. A vision for the school’s community school model will be developed, and clear communication will be used to support this vision and enhance ownership throughout the school community.



This AmeriCorps member will conduct the following activities in collaboration with Higher Ground staff, Arizona Serve staff, school staff and leadership, and AmeriCorps Resource Navigators, and engaged community members.

  • Coordination of Resources: The member will coordinate with different behavioral health and familysupport agencies to create an inventory of available resources and services located near the schools or that can be brought into the schools.
  • Navigation Workshops and Communication: The member will work to educate and assist school staff and parents in understanding the navigation of the behavioral health system through constant communication and workshops regarding behavioral health services and trauma informed care.
  • Coordinating Referrals: The member will refer students in need of mental health services todifferent behavioral health agencies in the following areas, but not limited to, anger management,trauma related issues, depression and substance abuse. This will include supporting Community School Directors with behavioral health intake assessments.

S.T.E.A.M. education coordinator


This AmeriCorps member will conduct the following activities in collaboration with Higher Ground staff.

  • Program Coordination: The AmeriCorps member will collaborate with S.T.E.A.M. staff and volunteers to enhance student learning and experience in digital media, music, or robotics. They will also research best practices, identify challenges, implement strategies toaddress programming needs and leverage resources for maximum efficiency during the school year and summer programming.
  • Educational Training: The AmeriCorps member will create engaging lesson plans and projects that are adaptable to a wide range of learning styles. They will also assist in the training of staff and volunteers on facilitation of classroom activities for students to best understand the learning objectives of lesson plans. They will also be expected to assist with overall classroom management to maximize peer interaction and youth leadership.
  • Social Media, Marketing, and Technology Support: The AmeriCorps member will assist with implementing a social media presence, website design and maintenance, and promotional video production. They will also assist in general IT support: internet, computer maintenance, and other related IT needs as well as support Higher Ground marketing needs under Program Manager supervision.



This AmeriCorps member will conduct the following activities in collaboration with Higher Ground staff.

  • Recruiting: Build an effective volunteer recruitment and management program within the University of Arizona. Expand Higher Ground’s current recruitment processes and identify new sources of volunteers and build a volunteer recruitment system in those sources. Expand and maintain the marketing and outreach plan to reach more volunteers in the community through volunteer campaigns, public awareness campaigns, and other community outreach opportunities
  • Build and Create: Track available volunteer activities and assign volunteers based on needs and schedule availability to keep volunteers continually engaged and aware of the many programs and opportunities at Higher Ground. Build and effective and sustainable training program that allows Higher Ground to train volunteers and ensure that high quality volunteers are with students and volunteers are continually coached and developed allowing volunteers to gain useful career skills as they volunteer. Develop and update volunteer training protocols for all Higher Ground Programs and events. Build effective communication system to ensure all volunteers receive all the information in a timely manner and volunteers can give feedback to the organization to improve operations and systems.
  • Create Culture: Develop a sustainable way to thank and recognize volunteers through sponsorships and other methods. Publish newsletters detailing the activities of and recognizing volunteers. Planning Volunteer appreciation events to ensure volunteering at Higher Ground is a memorable experience.

program aide

Part Time Positions 300 Hour State

This AmeriCorps member will conduct the following activities in collaboration with Higher Ground staff.

  • Academic Assistance: The State members will provide one on one support in an encouraging manner adapting to students’ unique individual learning styles. They will also check students’ homework to ensure accuracy and understanding of the concepts they learned in school and check each student’s backpack to ensure that it is organized and clean. During backpack checks, they will look for missing homework or completed work thathas not been turned in. State members wil l assist students with physical or learning disabilities.
  • Student Support: The State members will serve as a positive role model demonstrating behaviors that reflect Higher Ground’s two values of respect and honor. They will attend periodic training sessions given by Higher Ground staff to increase competency in working with students. The State members will provide evaluations of students and other reports as requested by the Higher Ground Staff. They are also expected to communicate with students, parents, and staff or Higher Ground about any incidents or details that are pertinent to helping students effectively.
  • After School Program Support: The State members may be asked to assist with recreational activities such as basketball, music, jiu-jitsu, judo, art, archery, outside sports, boxing, robotics, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) hour or any other areas that may need extra attention, which may include, but is not limited to, game facilitation, classroom organization, or facility upkeep. They may also be asked to facilitate small and large group activities during Friday Fundays in the classroom or outside in the field.

Child and Family Advocate

Part Time Positions 900 Hours State

This AmeriCorps members will conduct the following activities in collaboration with Higher Ground staff.

  • Coaching and Mentoring: These AmeriCorps members will coach and mentor students based on individual needs and service plan created. They will also de-escalate student issues during program time, provide support to rooms and staff whenever students reflect negative behaviors providing restorative discipline methods. Additionally, they will reinforce good behavior and help students build skills towards coping with anger, grief, and other issues relevant to previously collected data.
  • Data Collection and Reporting: AmeriCorps members will ensure that the student database is kept up to date with program notes, client progress, and school grades. They will also supervise and perform post tests and gather data on students regarding program effectiveness, hand out recognition to the different students, and familiarizing and building relationships with each student to ensure trust is built within program design.
  • RTE Mapping and Individual Assessment: AmeriCorps members will work with Child, Family and Community Advocacy Director to provide report on behavior outcomes of students, as well as conducting risk tests, trauma assessments, performing family interviews and coordinating with other staff to create detailed RTE maps of students. They will also ensure that program is implementing individualized services and programs for each student based on data gathered by other staff member, family background, IEP, transcripts, school behavior, home behaviors, and other elements. Additionally, they will coordinate with different staff to assist in student’s connection with other community programs and services, ensuring that every child is getting consistent support in developing necessary skills.