8 youth eligible for NM Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Training Services (see eligibility requirements below under “Qualifications”) will be recruited to this part-time crew located in Taos to help train Assistance Dogs of the West’s (ADW) service dogs in training. These dogs will go on to be service dogs for people with disabilities, or be working dogs providing comfort after crisis or in courthouses. Student Trainers will also provide community outreach about service dog etiquette, laws, and disability inclusion, and be day camp counselors for a 3-day leadership retreat in Taos for young children with disabilities.
All Student Trainers will receive personal and professional development trainings such as American Red Cross® First Aid and CPR (for humans), Pet Tech First Aid and CPR (for dogs), self-advocacy skills, public speaking skills, resume writing, and much more. Training service dogs is a challenging work experience, where clear communication, leadership, empathy, patience, and consistency are all required. These are skills that generalize to future employment, education, and healthy adult relationships, no matter what career you choose.
Crew members will work either on Crew A or Crew B during the 2018-19 school year, with each crew working 5 hours per week. Both crews will then work together through the months of June and July July, 2019, working three consecutive 5.5-hour days. Every crew member will be required to work at least 300 hours to successfully complete the program, and to earn the AmeriCorps Education Award.
* Schedule may need to change over the course of the year in order to ensure each crewmember earns 300 hours of service within the allotted time
School Year Schedule
May 28 to July 25, 2019
Crew A: After School
Saturday, September 8
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 9:00-3:00
Day Camp for Kids with Disabilities: Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June
2019, dates TBD, plan on full work days
Graduation: July 25, 2019
Crew B: Saturdays
Saturday, September 8
This is a 300-hour AmeriCorps position, Crewmembers will receive a living allowance every two weeks, earning a total of $3,000.00 (pre-tax) over the course of their service term and a $1,252.91 Education Award upon successful completion of the 300 hour term of service, to be used for further education expenses and tuition.
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Assistance Dogs of the West are equal opportunity employers and does not discriminate against any individuals on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual preference or disability. RMYC is a drug free workplace. All RMYC positions dependent upon funding availability.