EQUITY & EMPOWERMENT CORPS frequently asked questions
EQUITY & EMPOWERMENT CORPS MEMBER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What does Campus Compact of Oregon Equity & Empowerment Corps (EEC) members do?
Campus Compact Equity & Empowerment Corps members work on a variety of projects related to improving college retention rates, high school graduation rates, and college access rates for youth of color and youth who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education (first generation students). EEC members are placed on college campuses, in K12 schools, or education nonprofits and will focus on:
- Establishing and strengthening campus-community partnerships with organizations that address the needs of low income students.
- Recruiting, training, and placing college student volunteers as college access coaches.
- Work with college mentors to provide at least 15 hours of college access interventions to each economically disadvantaged youth supported by the site.
- Planning and coordinating national days of service.
Campus Compact has three main goals for the EEC Program:
- Increased connection to the campus as evidenced by sense of belonging, feeling known and valued by professors, and identifying other students they can turn to for support.
- Increased belief that college is an attainable goal for high school youth whose identities have been historically marginalized.
- Percentage of high school students who complete and submit their FAFSA.
What benefits do Equity & Empowerment Corps members receive?
- A living allowance paid for by the Oregon Youth Development Council and distributed by Campus Compact in equal installments every two weeks. To receive this benefit, members must be active in the program as demonstrated in bi-monthly timesheets and other required documents. The living allowance is not a salary or a wage and it is taxed. The value of the living allowance will be $12,530.00 over 10.5 months of service.
- Loan deferment is available based on economic hardship.
- Some campuses are able to offer free or reduced housing, a meal plan at the school, or a parking or bus pass.
The Oregon Youth Development Council provides the living allowance. The living allowance is paid in equal installments every two weeks by Campus Compact of Oregon.
Is health insurance required and/or provided?
Health insurance is required for all EEC members. If members do not already have insurance, they may be able to receive it through Oregon Health Plan. Campus Compact does not provide health insurance.
Can sites pay the member to subsidize their small living allowance?
Yes. A member commits to a year of service, not a regular job. They are provided with a small living allowance to cover basic living expenses so they can devote the year to service. However, the host site or the community partner may choose to subsidize the member’s position with an additional stipend or in other ways:
- Help EEC member find affordable rentals or alternative living arrangements
- Provide a vehicle for EEC member to use for service or a bus pass
- Provide EEC member with reduced cost or free membership to a gym/community center
- Offer EEC member lunch tickets to the school or office cafeteria
Yes. The focus of the member’s year should be on their service but EEC members in the Equity & Empowerment Corps can work up to 16 hours per week at an outside job, as long as it is scheduled on non-service times and does not interfere with their service. Additionally, EEC members can also choose to go to school and take up to 8 credit hours per term again as long as it does not interfere with their service term.
What restrictions are placed on service?
Individual sites may place restrictions on members.
What hours should the member serve?
EEC members are not required to serve a regular 8-5 Monday to Friday schedule. However, they need to accomplish the goals and members must meet the needs of their sites. This equates to roughly 40 hours/week for the entire term of service. If a member works overtime or under-time one week they may comp or flex their time at a later date with approval of their site supervisor.
The calendar alerts members and supervisors of Campus Compact/EEC events. Campus Compact recommends that EEC members and supervisors use this calendar as a guideline to plan the member’s schedule. Things to keep in mind:
- Members will be allowed reasonable and appropriate personal time off with prior approval of the Site Supervisor.
- The member is entitled to the same federal holidays as employees of the host site without affecting their living allowance. However, holiday hours do not count toward the service hours required for a post-service education award. Extra care should be taken to ensure that the member is fully aware of Host Site’s holidays prior to starting her/his term of service. School breaks, including winter, summer, and spring break, are not extended to the member as breaks. The member should have an adequate work plan in place to ensure s/he engages in meaningful service activities during school break periods.
What training will Campus Compact provide for the EEC members?
All members are required to attend a 5-day Orientation and Training prior to beginning service at their host site that focus on racial equity, social justice, critical theory, mentorship and application of the equity lens in educational settings. Subsequently, members will participate in three orientation/in-service trainings (IST) in September, December and June. These trainings are 3 days long, and include education about service-learning, campus-community partnership building, recruitment and support, planning service days, evaluating service programs, as well as racial equity, social justice, and much more.
Issues that may arise…
What happens if a member has an extended illness or accident?
The site supervisor, the member and Campus Compact staff can work together to create a plan for the member to make-up the missed service time. The member may be able to pick up more evening and weekend service or he or she may choose to serve during a regularly scheduled vacation day. Members may also have access to emergency leave as approved by Campus Compact. If the illness is or accident makes it impossible or unreasonably difficult for the member to complete his or her service, the member can withdraw from the program for compelling personal circumstances.
What happens if a member quits?
EEC members commit to a 10.5 month service term with the program and if they exit early without approval from Campus Compact, he or she will not receive a letter of recommendation. If a member leaves early the placement site will not be able to replace them for the service year.
Can a member complete his or her term of service early?
No, members must commit to serving a full 10.5 months even if they have already completed 1700 hours.
Drug Free Work Place
The Drug Free Workplace Act requires you, as a sub-grantee of a Federal program to give notice about the Act to employees and members and to conduct a drug free awareness program. If one of the EEC members is arrested for or convicted of a drug offense, he or she must notify the site supervisor and Campus Compact in writing within five days and Campus Compact will take appropriate action (including suspension and referral to a drug rehabilitation program, or release for cause consistent with the rules on termination and suspension of service).