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VYT - Winooski Community Services Department VISTA

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PROGRAM: The VT Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program supports initiatives helping low-income youth & families develop job skills & academic proficiency, build connection to their community, access health & mental health care, find housing, become food secure, & connect with essential services needed to transcend poverty, avoid unhealthy behaviors, reverse the impacts of COVID-19, & ultimately thrive. Website: www.vermontyouthamericorps.org

SITE: The Winooski Community Services Department fosters relationships across generations & cultures by providing safe, healthy environments & opportunities for residents to connect and engage. We promote lifelong wellness & offer high-quality, affordable programs & events that respond to community needs. We manage the O’Brien Community Center, Library, Senior Center, Community Gardens, & many youth programs (free tutoring & enriching afterschool & summer childcare). The challenges of generational poverty & English language proficiency facing many of our families make the need for accessible, low-cost, high-quality programming compelling. Volunteer support is vital to the ongoing success of our programs. It’s an important way to build resident engagement in & ownership of the programs, which is key to sustainability & success. The VISTA’s role in volunteer management allows us to build a pool of competent, trained volunteers to support our work now & into the future. As a designated Refugee Resettlement community, Winooski is home to a diverse population (31 languages spoken in schools, & 38% of students considered English Language Learner.). Many families depend on City programs & services to help them connect to the community, rise up out of poverty, and for New Americans, acculturate & settle into a new community. COVID-19: Less affordable childcare & mental wellbeing; more food & income insecurity. VISTA: builds programs (volunteers, recruits teens, & seeks funding). Location: Winooski, VT.

The VYT-Winooski Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA recruits & manages volunteers who sustain programs supporting culturally diverse residents. The VISTA: [1] builds the capacity of Winooski’s Community Services Dept. through targeted outreach to low-income and New American residents. This requires sensitivity to different cultures & excellent communication skills. [2] Supports tutoring programs helping low-income and New American youth meet academic standards; healthy community meals; Senior Center activities; Library & Recreation programs; and community gardens. [3] Recruits, trains, and supports all teen employees. The VISTA gains experience in volunteer management, building partnerships, and organizing events. Minimum Age: 21. Travel: valid license; monthly travel to Montpelier for VISTA training. While not required, fluency in Nepali, Arabic, Somali, and/or Burmese is helpful.

Benefits:

  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Relocation assistance
  • Vision insurance

Education level: College graduate

PROGRAM: The VT Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program supports initiatives helping low-income youth & families develop job skills & academic proficiency, build connection to their community, access health & mental…

Details at a Glance

  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
  • Recurrence
    Recurring
  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided

Location

On-site

Winooski Community Services Department

Winooski, VT, USA

How to Apply

 Send cover letter, resume, & contact information for 3 references. 

 Send cover letter, resume, & contact information for 3 references. 

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