VISTA Summer Associate

May 2, 2018

Company Name:
St. Joseph Youth Alliance

Title of Position:
VISTA Summer Associate

Description:
Summer Team Leader AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate (3 positions available)_____________________________________ Want to make a positive difference while sharpening your skills? Do you like the idea of working with youth and helping to make the world a better place? Have college debt or continued education you need to pay for? This full-time, 8-10 week AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate position may be the perfect solution for you. Strong skills are definitely needed, but experience isn’t required. Training and resources will be provided to you. Excellent skill building and work experience is guaranteed. Estimated start date is mid-May and no later than July 7, 2018. Must be selected and approved at least three weeks before the start date. Program Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) of St. Joseph (hosted by the St. Joseph Youth Alliance) is part of an international network of programs that offer 11-18 year olds the opportunity to gain skills and improve their world through volunteering. YVC mobilizes diverse groups of Youth Volunteers from across the community into teams to complete meaningful service-learning projects that address a variety of important needs. Position Objective The VISTA Summer Associate Team Leaders plan, recruit for, and supervise service-learning projects for youth and represent the YVC program to schools, agencies and other YVC program partners. There are 3 positions available. Responsibilities • Collaborate with fellow Team Leaders, youth, schools and agencies to plan service-learning projects in accordance with YVC Program Standards. • Recruit youth volunteers from a variety of sources to serve on those projects. • Exhibit professionalism when working with youth, parents, agencies, fellow Team Leaders, supervisors and all other YVC program constituents. • Supervise YVC projects, working alongside youth volunteers, acting as liaison between agency and youth and ensuring a safe, educational, fun and rewarding youth volunteer experience. • Design and incorporate structured project activities, including icebreakers, team builders, service-learning and reflection, that promote teamwork and social interaction while increasing understanding and appreciation for the cause being served. • Maintain regular communication with the youth, schools, and agencies in the YVC network to advertise projects, plan new projects, and share program accomplishments. • Complete and submit accurate documentation of project activities and youth volunteer performance as required by your Program Director in a timely manner. • Communicate questions, concerns and accomplishments with your Program Director. • Help plan and implement new youth volunteer recognition methods. • Create opportunities for youth volunteers to help plan projects, guide program management, develop leadership and other life skills, and learn more about their community and the world. • Act as a role model for youth volunteers. • Be an advocate for youth and the service they are providing. • Attend all required YVC training and recognition events. Minimum Qualifications • Be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien • Have experience volunteering and working with youth • Be outgoing, friendly and able to multitask • Communicate well with people from a variety of backgrounds, including at-risk youth • Have a passion for helping youth succeed • Have basic computer knowledge • Own a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license • Be willing to get hands dirty Preferred Qualifications • Excellent communication skills including public speaking • Experience working with 11-18 year-old youth • Knowledge of service-learning • Strong personal ethic of service • Familiarity with the nonprofit sector Benefits • Gain experience working with and supervising youth, planning multi-dimensional service-learning projects • Gain experience working with a variety of local nonprofits, making contacts for future employment • CPR/First Aid certification and other professional development options available Time Commitment: 8-10 weeks at full-time capacity Compensation • AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates receive a living allowance of $472.22 bi-weekly in addition to a cash stipend OR education award post-service. Summer Benefit Amount Summer Education Award $1,252.91 OR Stipend- 8 weeks 276.64 Stipend- 9 weeks 311.22 Stipend – 10 weeks $345.80

Name of Contact:
Anita Jolly

Email Address of Contact:
ajolly@youthalliance.org

Job Posting Expires:
5/7/18