Programs VISTA at Mile High Youth Corps
- Posted: 8/28/2013
- Location: Denver, CO
- URL: http://www.milehighyouthcorps.org
- Salary/Range: This is a one-year, full-time AmeriCorps VISTA position that pays a monthly living stipend from the Corporation for National and Community Service of $983 before taxes. (Per AmeriCorps VISTA guidelines, VISTA Corpsmembers may not possess outside employmen
- Hours: Week day office hours are typically 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 4 pm on Fridays.
Work with the Program Specialist to evaluate, provide recommendations and develop systems to ensure the agency’s Leadership Council provides youth participants with the skills needed to address issues of poverty in their own lives and the community.
Ensure the sustainability of improvements made to the Council by developing new procedures.
Work closely with the Program Specialist to promote and develop the Leadership Council’s engagement in community-based issues and concerns. Develop materials and training curriculum on key topics as needed. Build processes that promote effective goal setting and task accomplishment of the council.
Collaborate with staff and Corpsmembers to support, coordinate, and implement sustainable service projects (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Make a Difference Day, etc.) focusing on the improvement of low-income neighboring communities and projects that specifically address issues related to poverty.
Oversee the Service Project Committee, with a focus on incorporating Corpsmember input into the development of specific service projects and service learning opportunities.
Develop a volunteer program that engages the surrounding communities including: East Montclair, West Colfax, Sun Valley, and Jefferson Park neighborhoods.
Oversee the development and implementation of Corpsmember-led workshops on the American Criminal Justice System and Civil Rights.
Provide leadership and oversight of the After School Program for Education in Nature (ASPEN) project.
Develop curriculum in the areas of Healthy Lifestyles and Independent Living.
Implement service learning and AmeriCorps Big Picture discussions with crews.
Recruitment & Outreach
Build the capacity for recruitment and hiring of diverse youth, with a focus on individuals experiencing poverty, for every program at MHYC.
Develop a grassroots recruitment and marketing plan for outreach to low-income communities and neighborhoods.
Develop, plan and build ‘speakers’ program for participation in area workshops, job fairs and community events in order to publicize and promote the Corps to funders, sponsors and local youth.
Research best practices for inclusive recruitment strategies, especially for low-income youth experiencing barriers to employment.
Develop presentations for schools, referral agencies and other community groups including instructions and materials lists for future presenters. Develop roles and involve youth participants and volunteers in making presentations.
Assist Development & Marketing Department with fund development.
Coordinate the implementation of needed survey assessments.
Evaluate and make recommendations for improvements of the Leadership Council.
Participate fully in agency meetings including staff meetings, community meetings, Leadership Council and program meetings as needed.
Collaborate with all programs to provide a cohesive tracking system of programmatic activities.
Further develop the agency’s service project outcomes tracking to maintain sustainability.
Reports to the Program Manager: Education & Training.
Good Works for Youth AmeriCorps VISTA Program
The AmeriCorps VISTA will be part of the Good Works for Youth AmeriCorps program through Colorado Youth Corps Association. The goal of the Good Works for Youth program is to improve and increase services for youth living in poverty and to connect these young people to their communities and environment. VISTA members are placed at host sites throughout Colorado including youth conservation corps, other environmental youth-serving organizations and non-profits that focus on youth development. Currently there are 21 VISTA members in the Good Works for Youth program including a VISTA Leader who support community efforts to overcome poverty by focusing on sustainability through fundraising efforts, programmatic improvements and infrastructure support and development. To learn more please visit www.CYCA.org.
Please visit http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp to gain a full understanding of VISTA membership.
Education: BA or BS required. Professional experience in a related field may be substituted for post-secondary education.
Vehicle Use: A clean driving record and use of a personal vehicle with valid insurance is required. There is mileage reimbursement for work related travel at the IRS approved mileage rate
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Ability to complete tasks in a detail-oriented and timely manner
• Superior computer skills with a strong background in Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Publisher.
• Ability to work well, communicate and connect with people from diverse backgrounds
• Ability to work well independently and in a team
• Committed to the development and empowerment of young people
• Exceptional communication skills with strong verbal and written communication skills demonstrated
• Ability to legally work in the United States which will be verified via the federal E-verify system.
• Pre-employment background check will be required, which may include the requirement that the applicant be fingerprinted for a FBI background check.
• Pre-employment drug screen may be required
To Apply: Apply online at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do. Applications will be accepted until September 13, 2013. Position start date is November 18, 2013 following a required VISTA Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) training November 12-15