Summary of Position and Project Goal:
The overall goal of the project is to provide youth within the Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrant and refugee community, especially those that have recently entered the country, a mentorship and tutoring program. The VISTA member will help empower immigrant youth in their adjustment to the American life, by helping youth face and foster a supportive, culturally-sensitive environment. Through the youth Summer program VISTA members will actively participate in developing social skill building activities, exposing the youth to the U.S social system, sense of connection and belonging, as well as engagement with others and development of self esteem. In tandem, the VISTA may also develop volunteer training, assist in technology needs and access for youth, and coordinate programs held between youth and volunteer mentors.
The VISTA members will directly serve and engage with the organization and youth to enhance the effectiveness of the Youth Mentoring program for BIPOC and immigrant students within the Ethiopian and Eritrean community.
- Identify and define Youth Mentor Program needs, and develop mentor and volunteers recruitment system
- Create job descriptions for each volunteer role and detailed list of training requirements for all roles.
- Construct requirement list for volunteers including but not limited to develop training materials, volunteer handbook, flyers, etc.
- Develop Volunteer Communication and Report Tracking System for current/future volunteers/mentees
- Develop volunteer tracking, communication, and reporting systems.
- Participate in Youth mentoring, tutoring, leadership and summer activities events
- Develop possible EECRC Youth Mentoring events.
- Construct a story telling media presentation of all events within the Summer to use for future requirement, grant request, and showcasing of EECRC program accomplishments
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Responsibilities:
- Attend all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required trainings and events.
- Complete and submit all Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA required progress reports,
- timesheets, and other paperwork.
- 18 years and older
- Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
- Demonstrate a commitment to or willingness to explore issues of racial justice and equity
- A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident
- Able to serve full-time for the 8 week program
- Ability to pass a criminal history background check
- Valid driver’s license (if there is driving involved in service activities)
- A bachelor’s degree or in process of earning a degree
- Technological skills
- Problem solving skills
- Social Media skills
AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:
- A living allowance of $2,168.88, roughly $500 every two weeks (for Oregon VISTAs serving outside of Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties)
- An education award of $1,252.91 or cash stipend of a lesser amount upon successful completion of service
- Training and professional development opportunities
- Access to an extensive network of AmeriCorps Alums