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VYT - Washington Central Unified Union School District 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, and connect with essential services needed to transcend poverty, avoid unhealthy behaviors, reverse the impacts of COVID-19, and ultimately thrive. Website: www.vermontyouthamericorps.org

SITE: The Washington County Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) exists to nurture and inspire in all students the passion, creativity, and power to contribute to their local and global communities. We’re seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member to build the capacity for our efforts to support children and youth in families experiencing homelessness. Pursuant to the McKenney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, we help connect families with appropriate services, including food, stable house, medical care, and other basic needs. The number of youth in homeless families in school district has been increasing significantly, and we’re looking for a VISTA to establish and strengthen partnerships with local service agencies, develop processes and procedures, create resource documents and information, and collaborate with social workers to create other supports and systems. COVID-19: Last spring, all schools in VT shut down and we had to quickly pivot to remote learning, serving as many students as possible. Since September 2020, PreK - 8th grade participate in fulltime in-person learning; grades 9-12 are in-person every other week. We’ve seen an increase in the number of students that meet the homeless criteria; several students do not have access to reliable internet and cannot access learning. We’re planning our “Moving Forward” initiative, and the VISTA will help us identify & support students & families that meet the homeless criteria in the McKinney-Vento Act.

The VYT-McKenney-Vento Resource Developer VISTA builds the capacity of the Washington Central Unified Unions School District’s initiatives to support children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness as follows: [1] Develops partnerships with other local agencies within Washington County (Capstone Community Action, Downstreet Housing & Community Development, and Washington County Mental Health, etc.); [2] Creates documentation and referral procedures; [3] Creates brochures, posters, ways to inform families throughout our communities about this support; and [4] Establishes a support group or consultation to families in need. Travel: To district schools and to monthly VISTA training in Montpelier. WCUUSD Training: Access to all relevant professional development offered to school staff.

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

Washington Central Unified School District

Montpelier, VT 05602, USA

How to Apply

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