Department: Mission AdvancementReports to: Senior Director – Leadership, Inclusion, & Organizational DevelopmentAmericorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Learn more at http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista. The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles in a National Partnership with YMCA of the USA has an opportunity to place a VISTA at YMCALA as an Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA Capacity Coordinator.
Goal of the VISTA Project:
The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office, White House Task Force on New Americans, and an engaged council of local community leaders is seeking to expand our mission to build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all by engaging the underserved newcomer/immigrant and opportunity youth populations in Los Angeles County. Engagement will be focused on the two following projects with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty for these communities.
Through the Urban Initiative – Cradle to Career Success, the LA Y intends to develop a clear pathway of fully supported YMCA engagement for youth that begins at birth and extends through early adulthood. With approaches focused on physical, cognitive, and social emotional development across the lifespan, Cradle to Career Success ensures that opportunity is accessible for youth from underserved communities where access and resources have been historically lacking.
The VISTA, acting in a capacity building role, will: research, analyze, and report on community demographics identifying opportunities to engage youth and their families in an educational and community engagement framework; develop a template and tools to support deepening engagement through community interviews; explore potential partnerships that enhance a branch's capacity to offer CtC programming; attend Urban Council meetings and engage with stakeholders; and ultimately disrupt the cycle of poverty for the youth and families engaged with the Y programming.
Through the New American Welcome Center model, the LA Y intends to provide a needed community resource center for newcomer/immigrant populations. Supports will include direct service, referral service, and community bridge building in the areas of Citizenship & Civic Engagement, Health & Wellbeing, Economic Integration & Employment, Language & Education, and Community Development.
The VISTA, acting in a capacity building role, will: explore existing NAWC operations and report on lessons learned; Develop the NAWC service framework; Identify community resources that will support NAWC direct service offerings; coordinate the promotion and opening of the NAWCs; assist with the recruitment of NAWC staff; and again, introduce a new sense of community connection to the populations served. Through the NAWC model, a path to citizenship, community engagement, and workforce development all contribute to an increase in quality of life for those engaged.
Additionally, an existing Diversity, Inclusion, & Global Committee is tasked with the project of identifying bright spots and areas of opportunity with the Los Angeles Y's current operations. The committee, on which the VISTA will serve, will ultimately create a Chart of Work that leads to creation of Newcomer Immigrant Welcome Centers, supports the Cradle to Career Success model, and facilitates community partnerships that increase Los Angeles County's capacity to be welcoming to newcomer immigrant populations.
The Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA Capacity Coordinator will greatly enhance the LA Y's capacity to engage underserved communities. Primary responsibilities will include Research, Analysis, and Reporting on community needs; Development of Collateral materials to engage the communities and partner organizations; and Engagement with Community Partners. The VISTA will also play an instrumental role in coordinating opportunity youth summer employment opportunities made possible through a City and County of Los Angeles partnership.
- · Conduct research and analysis on communities targeted in the Urban Initiative – Cradle to Career Success
- · Analysis of community demographics
- · Analysis of member and program demographics
- · Conduct community interviews as necessary
- · Review existing data and analyze to identify opportunities to better serve communities impacted by the Initiative
- · Collect data and report on outcomes of Urban Initiative Programming
- · Identify key data collection points
- · Develop system for collection
- · Make program scalability recommendations based on reporting
- · Assist in the development of a chart of work for the Diversity, Inclusion, & Global Committee that will advance goals and objectives related to newcomer/immigrant populations and opportunity youth.
- · Create written materials to be used to communicate GCE strategy across the LA related to newcomer/immigrant populations and opportunity youth
- · Develop tools and resources to support staff and volunteer trainings through capacity building workshops
- · Work to identify and lead outreach to develop new partnerships
- · Increase involvement of new immigrant/youth leadership in committee or planning groups through volunteer recruitment, training, and orientation
- · Create communications and messaging tools to present to external partners
- · Formulate and execute partnership agreements
- · Coordinate promotion of community engagement activities
- · Coordinate the recruitment, matching, placement, onboarding, and ongoing development of Opportunity Youth in the summer employment program
18 years old or older. US Citizens, national, or legal residents. Successfully complete a criminal background check. Personal vehicle recommended, but not required. Full time position with flexible start times and location (some telecommuting is allowed). No uniform required – business casual dress expected.
Language: Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
Education: High School Diploma/GED
- Research, data collection, analysis, and reporting
- collaborating across multidisciplinary teams
- public speaking, facilitating meetings, advocating for resources, and providing education around social issues
- coordinating staff and volunteer groups
- matching available resources to defined needs
The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is an Association of 29 YMCA branches and camp facilities* across Los Angeles County (*camps are in San Bernardino County). The LA Y's mission, to put the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, is achieved along with a promise to work side by side with our neighbors to strengthen the foundations of our community. We focus our work in the areas of Youth Development, Health Living, and Social Responsibility.
Located in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, just west of Downtown, the Association headquarters (where this position will be located) are central to all of the Greater Los Angeles area. The immediately local area is one of few where affordable housing is still available, is walkable, and has a Metro rail line service. Our offices provide support to the branches and camps in the areas of Human Resources, Accounting & Finance, Mission Advancement & Financial Development, and Operations including Membership, Aquatics, Health & Wellbeing, Youth & Family Program Development, and Leadership & Organizational Development.
Standard VISTA benefits:
- Childcare assistance
- Choice of education award or stipend
- Education award upon successful completion of service
- Health coverage
- Living allowance
- Relocation allowance
- OTHER: Housing, Meal Plans, Transportation
- · YMCALA Training & Onboarding
- · Access to YMCA of the USA Training Offerings
- · Professional Development and Career Planning Support
- · Opportunity to participate in additional development opportunities (conferences, trainings, etc)
- · Parking/Mileage Reimbursement or Monthly Metro Pass for Public Transit
- · Family Membership to all YMCALA Facilities and a 20% discount on programs
- · Connection to existing community resources for: Childcare, Housing, Food, Etc
For those considering relocating to Los Angeles from another part of the country, please know that the cost of living in Los Angeles is significantly higher than many other parts of the US. While not impossible, it is difficult to obtain affordable housing and often a renter must sacrifice some of their desired amenities, including location. Our public transit is not as well developed as other large cities and much of Los Angeles is car dependent. All that said, yes the weather and food make everything worth it, and we will be your partners in exploring and securing the needed supports to make living here possible!
For More Information: Kate McCracken, Sr. Director of Leadership, Inclusion, & Organizational Development at KateMcCracken@ymcaLA.org or (213) 351-2226.
Areas of focus:
This volunteer opportunity can be performed from a remote location.
625 S. New Hampshire Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, US 90005
Duration:3 months or longer
Time commitment:Full time (30-40 hours/week)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Days of week:Weekdays
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