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Community Engagement VISTA – Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM)

Spartanburg, SC

Relocation expenses: Not paid

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Full time

Published on 24 Jun 2021

Expires on 24 Jun 2021

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Community Engagement VISTA – Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM)

Job Title:  Community Engagement VISTA – Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM)

Dates:  8/2/2021 – 8/01/2022

Work Schedule – Full Time

Education:  Some College

Age Requirement – 18 Years or older

This position is part of the VISTAs in the Piedmont (VIP) program sponsored by United Way of the Piedmont. As an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Spartanburg Academic Movement, you will create and implement social media engagement with partners, as well as develop training opportunities for Out of School Time (OST) Collaborative providers to support continuous improvement and racial equity. You will also enhance youth engagement at SAM by capturing youth voice to help inform SAM initiatives and decision-making by individuals being impacted. In addition, you will strengthen implementation of SAM’s Summer Melt program, an initiative to decrease the number of high school graduates who intend to enroll in college but are at risk of “melting” (or not enrolling) their college freshman year. Students will be matched with volunteer coaches who will help students navigate their transition to college, creating a pathway for upward economic mobility. The VIP program offers a unique approach to VISTA service, as you will spend 10% of your time each week working collaboratively with 19 other VISTA members placed in the community to research and implement community-wide solutions focusing on either increasing access to behavioral healthcare or increasing financial stability. Benefits include: monthly housing stipend, doubled food stamps at the farmer's market, housing referrals, household & personal care supplies provided through the Gifts in Kind Center, ongoing professional development, reimbursement for service-related travel, discounted gym membership, professional mentoring, and more!

Member Duties : The VISTA will help support the upward economic mobility of children and families across Spartanburg County by strengthening academic and life success. This will be accomplished by building competencies of youth-serving providers and volunteers providing direct support to children and youth. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will engage out of school time partners through social media, expand professional development opportunities, and recruit and train volunteers to support SAM’s post-secondary strategies. These activities will support SAM’s pursuit to close equity gaps throughout SAM’s academic outcomes from cradle to career.

Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Housing stipend, gym discount, prof dev ,  Living Allowance . 

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Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 

Service Areas:
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Technology . 

Team Work ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Education ,  General Skills ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Leadership ,  Law ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Community Organization ,  Youth Development ,  Public Speaking ,  Public Health ,  Recruitment ,  Counseling ,  Computers/Technology ,  Urban Planning ,  Writing/Editing . 

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