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Virtual Service Pilot

Support AI Literacy and Life Skills Development Among Displaced Youth

Activity/project background

Partner: Lyceum №16 of Melitopol City Council (Government)

Due to Russian aggression and the temporary occupation of Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, the staff and students of Melitopol Lyceum No. 16 have been forced to flee the city and seek shelter elsewhere in Ukraine or abroad. For over two years, the Lyceum has provided democracy-oriented Ukrainian education to students dispersed worldwide due to the war. The Lyceum has obtained the status of a "relocated educational establishment" and functions fully in a remote mode. The education provided by the Lyceum enables students from the occupied area, as well as various regions of Ukraine and abroad, with access to quality Ukrainian education and minimize learning losses within Ukrainian curriculum. The Lyceum aims to support its students in setting life goals and developing their communication and vocational skills to succeed in life. Immersed in the world of remote and online schooling, teachers recognize the rapidly growing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its significance for youth development. AI has become a crucial life skill that young people need to master for success, and its proper usage is essential.

Therefore, the Lyceum is seeking support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support students in developing their AI competencies as one of their life skills. The Lyceum would like to establish an English club that will be a safe, learning environment to help students, aged 14-17 years, to boost their confidence using AI tools and improve teamwork and collaboration. With guidance from the VSPP, students will learn how to navigate the world of AI and utilize different AI tools for studies and creative work. During this engagement, students will collaboratively create their own AI projects to showcase their acquired knowledge. Engaging with the VSPP will also enhance students' communication skills and provide insights into American culture, broadening their cultural awareness and worldview. These skills are essential for academic success and can contribute to achieving personal and vocational goals even in the face of adversity.

The organization has previously collaborated with the Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer. Peace Corps Ukraine is seeking a VSPP who is empathetic to the lived experiences of internally displaced teachers and students.

Engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-assess and establish current AI skills, and establish priorities for student club members
• Co-develop an online AI curriculum that incorporates life skills topics (e.g. positive communication, leadership, decision-making, critical thinking, etc.)
• Co-host 1-hour online sessions once a week with group of approximately 10 participants
• Co-host some cultural events devoted to American holidays and historical events

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be around 5 hours per week.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Kyiv time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp, Telegram, emails for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

Experience:
• 1 year of experience in AI (creating text, visual, video and audio material)
• 1 year of experience running engaging virtual educational sessions (formal or non-formal education)
• 1 year of experience working with youth (aged 14-17) in some capacity, such as a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, or volunteer

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in AI, data science, or a related field

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 1 year of experience teaching life skills to youth and adults
• 1 year of experience with curriculum and workshop development

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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