VYT HOST SITES 

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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE CENTER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - filled for 19-20 program year

Mission:

The Center for Community Engagement prepares students for lives of meaning and impact through service, scholarship, and citizenship. Our programs work to strengthen communities and contribute to the public good.

Site Description:

Do you love engaging with kids? Interested in social justice at the youth development level? We seek a motivated and compassionate individual for a one-year VISTA position to collaborate closely with the Center for Community Engagement team and help coordinate six youth and mentoring programs. The VISTA helps build capacity in programs and community partnerships that improve college aspirations and success and aim to pull children, primarily from low-income backgrounds in Addison County, out of poverty. The VISTA collaborates closely with the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Program Director and Assistant Director on a number of mentoring and education initiatives. The VISTA also builds capacity around college-positive volunteerism and first-generation college student access and success by providing support to mentoring programs and initiatives.

VISTA’s Role:

The CCE’s youth and mentoring programs provide opportunities for youth in low-income families through 1-on-1 & group mentoring, college application support, taste tests of vegetables in area schools, afterschool reading programs, and more.

The VISTA is part of a lively 7-person team and collaborates with 20 student staff members, other departments on campus, and community partners. The daily tasks are varied and fast-paced. Projects include researching & sharing best practices for mentor screening & matching, enhancing databases, and match closure; helping Student Organizations adopt diversity & inclusion; attending program events & community meetings; meeting with mentors & student leaders; creating a parent newsletters; helping to deepen collaborations with valued campus & community partners, including parents, teachers, childcare providers, guidance counselors, and local agencies & organizations, and much more!

20 Old Chapel Rd.

Middlebury, VT 05753

Telephone: 802-443-3099

Email: kbricknermcdonald@middlebury.edu

Website: http://www.middlebury.edu/student-life/creativity-innovation-exploration/engagement-careers/community-engagement

Supervisor: Kailee Brickner-McDonald

LAKE CHAMPLAIN

LIFELONG LEARNING FUND

60 Main Street 

Burlington, VT 05401

Telephone: 802-863-3489

Email: cathy@vermont.org

Supervisor:  Catherine Davis

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Mission:

The Lake Champlain Lifelong Learning Fund supports talent and entrepreneurship training to facilitate professional growth, a strong workforce and a thriving local economy for all members of the community, including at-risk youth and low-to-moderate income adults seeking new skills. 

Site Description:

The Lake Champlain Lifelong Learning Fund supports talent and entrepreneurship training to facilitate professional growth, a strong workforce and a thriving economy for all members of the community, including at-risk youth and low-to-moderate income adults seeking new skills. Our workforce development programs that serve youth work to connect youth to the skills and credentials they need to secure and maintain a rewarding job in a career that is fulfilling. Our efforts support job creation in the local community. We strongly believe that a great job is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and the basis for a strong community. Our current high school program, TIPS (Training Interns and Partnering for Success), supports many low-income students with career readiness curriculum and internship placements. The VISTA helps us expand our youth programming in order to serve more youth, especially at younger ages, in order to get a greater number of students engaged in thinking about their future careers.

VISTA’s Role:

The Workforce and Economic Development VISTA helps us achieve our goal of expanding our programming by: (1) Developing new resources and partnerships that expand our programming to serve middle school students. (2) Planning and implementing programming that exposes middle school students to job and career information, local employers and educational opportunities. (3) Developing new resources and partnerships for our high school programming. (4) Planning and implementing or adapting our existing programming at area high schools. The VISTA collaborates with students, school personnel, community stakeholders, and partners.

 
 
 

HOWARD CENTER TALENT & TRAINING

 

THE COLLABORATIVE - filled for 19-20 program year

91 VT RT 11

Londonderry, VT, 05148

Telephone:  802-824-4200

E-Mail:  taylor@thecollaborative.us

Website: http://thecollaborative.us/

Supervisor:  Taylor Curtis

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Mission:

The Collaborative promotes the development of a healthy and involved community supporting substance-free youth in a caring environment.  

 

Site Description:

The Collaborative is located in Londonderry, VT and provides programming for low-income youth and families. Programs are based on the positive youth development philosophy, and help build skills that help youth succeed in school, as well as assets and social capital that help them transcend poverty. Programs create an environment for healthy futures: Refuse to Use prevention program provides youth free access to a local ski mountain if they pledge to remain substance-free; middle and high school empowerment groups; afterschool programs; mentoring program that pairs youth with caring adults; summer camps, which promote healthy choices, recreation, and education .

 

VISTA’s Role:

The Collaborative VISTA focuses on the sustainability of key programs, community outreach, and fundraising. The VISTA builds and sustains community partnerships and strengthens relationships. The VISTA promotes the mission of The Collaborative through press releases, social media, and attendance at events. The VISTA cultivates our outreach through effective communication about our mission, programs, and initiatives and ensures our strong impact and support of low-income families and at-risk youth.

102 S Winooski Ave

Burlington, VT 05401

Telephone: 802.488.6362

Email: jwolford@howardcenter.org

Website: www.howardcenter.org

Supervisor: Jen Wolford

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Mission:

Our mission is to improve the well-being of children, adults, families & communities & to support people in working toward independence, health & wellness, & self-sufficiency through education, training, and support.

 

Site Description:

Howard Center, serves people with mental health needs, developmental disabilities, and substance use issues, some of the most vulnerable people in our community, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to improve the well-being of children, adults, families and communities. We support people in working toward independence, health and wellness, and self-sufficiency through education, training, and support. Among our services are therapeutic schools, residential programs for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, outpatient counseling, medication assisted recovery, crisis services, and a range of related programs. We serve about 16,000 people each year.

VISTA’s Role:

The Talent Development & Training VISTA collaborates with the 12 person Human Resources team as well as the staff of 1,500 providing vital services related to opioid & other substance prevention & treatment, mental health counseling, community education, & crisis services.

The VISTA develops strategies to streamline background checks, refine position descriptions, and research best practices for sourcing and screening individuals. The VISTA also evaluates training needs and helps implement training curricula to strengthen and support the individuals providing services, as well as create safety strategies. The member makes positive changes in the community while developing skills in the exciting and fast-paced world of talent acquisition and support.

HOWARD CENTER

DEVELOPMENT - filled for 19-20 program year

208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 3J

Burlington, VT 05401

Telephone: 802.488.6912

E-mail: DVignoe@howardcenter.org

Website: www.howardcenter.org

Supervisor: Denise Vignoe

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Mission:

Our mission is to improve the well-being of children, adults, families & communities & to support people in working toward independence, health & wellness, & self-sufficiency through education, training, and support.

 

Site Description:

Howard Center, serves people with mental health needs, developmental disabilities, and substance use issues, some of the most vulnerable people in our community, regardless of ability to pay. Our mission is to improve the well-being of children, adults, families and communities. We support people in working toward independence, health and wellness, and self-sufficiency through education, training, and support. Among our services are therapeutic schools, residential programs for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, outpatient counseling, medication assisted recovery, crisis services, and a range of related programs. We serve about 16,000 people each year.

 

Development & Communications VISTA’s Role:  

The VISTA is an integral part of the Development and Communications team and contributes to all activities initiated and conducted by the office including special projects, events, community engagement, volunteer management, internal & external agency communications, and weekly meetings. Major VISTA projects include: (1) assist plan, develop, and implement special events including a donor reception, community education series, conference, and fundraisers; (2) community engagement and outreach; (3) partnerships, as appropriate, with Howard Center programs, (e.g., Safe Recovery, Comprehensive Care); (4) help create social media, e-newsletter, video, print materials, and web content; (5) create calendars, timelines, and planning tools for the department; and (6) assist with donor stewardship and gift processing.

208 Flynn Ave, Suite 3J

Burlington, VT 05452

Telephone: 802-488-6905

Email: karenh@howardcenter.org

Website: www.howardcenter.org

Supervisor: Karen Hussey

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Mission:

To improve the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. Project HIRE provides career development and employment support and assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Site Description:

Howard Center, an agency serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use issues, and educational challenges, serves some of the most vulnerable people in our community and provides service regardless of ability to pay. We support people in working toward independence, health and wellness, and self-sufficiency through education, training, and support. Project Hire is a program that helps adults with developmental disabilities find meaningful, competitively paid careers. Project Hire helps clients with career planning, resume writing, job search, benefits counseling, and related activities. Project hire serves nearly 200 people annually.

VISTA’s Role:

The Project Hire Associate VISTA serves as part of a team that helps individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders find and maintain meaningful employment. The VISTA assists job seekers in obtaining employment by providing assessments, supporting resume and cover letter writing, practicing interview skills and applying for positions. The VISTA increases awareness of our program and expands our networks with local businesses in order to enhance career opportunities for our participants. The VISTA also assists in documentation in a variety of areas including outreach efforts with business partners and revising information provided to our referrals for improved access

 

(City of) WINOOSKI COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT - filled for 19-20 program year

 

HOWARD CENTER

PROJECT HIRE

 

PEOPLE'S HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLINIC - filled for 19-20 program year

27 West Allen Street
Winooski, VT 05404

Telephone: 802.655.6410 x20

Facsimile: 802.655.6414

Email: rcoffey@winooskivt.org

Website: http://www.winooskivt.org/

Supervisor: Ray Coffey

553 North Main Street

Barre, VT 05641

Telephone: 802-488-6701

Email: rebecca@phwcvt.org

Website:  www.phwcvt.org

Supervisor: Rebecca Goldfinger-Fein

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Mission:

PHWC is a free clinic serving uninsured and underinsured people in Central Vermont. Services include primary medical, oral health, and mental health care, as well as bodywork and case management.

 

Site Description:

The People’s Health & Wellness Clinic’s mission is to provide primary health care and wellness education to the uninsured and underinsured community members of Central Vermont who cannot otherwise afford these services. PHWC serves adults whose household income is less than 400% of the Federal Poverty level and either have no health insurance or have insurance with a deductible that is greater than 7.5% of their household income.

 

With a small staff, PHWC relies on the generosity of community volunteers who provide a wide range of services. Providers offer medical care, mental health counseling, movement and bodywork therapies, and oral health care. Services are tied together by our case managers who ensure that patients receive appropriate follow up, referrals, and assistance.

The VISTA’s Role:

The VYT-PHWC Outreach & Development VISTA evaluates, develops, and implements community outreach and development initiatives. The member collaborates with staff, volunteers, and community partners to understand the healthcare landscape in central VT and create outreach and development plans.

 

The member coordinates public relations and development efforts. The member reviews and updates existing systems, as well as creates and implements sustainable tools.

 

The member’s outreach and engagement plan includes development of the PHWC website & social media platforms and creation of e-newsletters and print materials.

 

The member’s development activities include investigation of existing and new funding streams; creation and implementation of a plan that includes grants, fundraising campaigns, and events; donor acknowledgment.

 

The member may also be involved in volunteer recruitment, training, and recognition.

Mission:

The Winooski Community Services Department’s mission is to promote lifelong wellness; enrich the lives of community members; and to offer high-quality, affordable programs, activities, and events that meet community needs and respond to community interests.

 

Site Description:

The Winooski Community Services Department seeks to foster 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, activities, & events that respond to community needs & interests. We manage the O’Brien Community Center, Library, Senior Center, Community Gardens, & many youth programs, including free weekly tutoring & enriching afterschool and summer childcare programs. 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 is also an important way to build community member engagement & ownership of the programs, which is critical to sustainability and success. The AmeriCorps VISTA’s role in volunteer management allows us to build a strong 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, with 31 native languages spoken in schools, and 27% of students considered “English Language Learners.” Many families depend on City programs. These services help families develop a connection to the community, rise up out of poverty, & help New Americans acculturate and settle into their new community.

 

VISTA’s Role:

The Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA recruits & manages volunteers who sustain programs supporting residents, including low-income and New American neighbors. The VISTA: (1) builds the capacity of Winooski’s Community Services Dept. through targeted community outreach to low-income & New American residents. This requires sensitivity to different cultures & excellent communication skills. (2) Supports tutoring programs helping low-income & New American youth meet academic standards & graduate; job-skills trainings for youth; healthy community meals; Senior Center activities; Library & Recreation programs; and community gardens. The VISTA gains experience in volunteer management, building partnerships, & organizing events. Send cover letter, resume, & contact information for 3 references. While not required, fluency in Nepali, Arabic, Somali, or Burmese is helpful.

 

WONDERARTS- Filled for 2019-2020 Program Year

 

MONTPELIER COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

58 Barre Street,

Montpelier, VT 05602

Telephone: 802-262-6284

Email: bjordan@montpelier-vt.org

Website: www.montpelier-vt.org

Supervisor: Becca Jordan

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Mission:

The Community Services Department provides for the health & wellbeing of Montpelier residents & visitors by offering cultural, recreational, social, & outdoor opportunities for all people of all ages.

 

Site Description:

Montpelier’s 3 departmental divisions--Recreation, Parks & Trees, and Senior Activity Center--provide diverse activities and services that serve thousands of community members of all ages. Parks provides opportunities for outdoor recreation in City parks, as well as many community events, including the Enchanted Forest; hundreds of youth & adults have the opportunity to engage with nature. Recreation provides an array of programming for all ages, including camps, outdoor pool, youth baseball, arts classes, and more. The Senior Activity Center provides over 1,500 older adults with healthy aging & lifelong learning opportunities, including over 80 classes, ranging from writing to yoga.

The VISTA’s Role:

The Resource Development VISTA enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the Community Services Department, resulting in better service to more people. Member activities include VOLUNTEERS: (1) improve volunteer recruitment, application, screening, management, recognition, systems, and forms; (2) help establish vision and goals for volunteers; and (3) promote volunteer success and create signature recognition event. FUNDRAISING: (1) research grant opportunities; (2) improve systems for donor stewardship; (3) support special fundraising events; and (4) expand fundraising efforts. TECHNOLOGY: (1) continue to develop volunteer and fundraising databases; (2) design public relations systems promoting volunteers, programs, and events. 

RANDOLPH AREA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION - filled for 18-19 program year

 

165 Wilson Street

PO Box 300

Greensboro, VT 05841

Phone: 802.533.9370

Email: ceilidh@wonderartsvt.org

Website: www.wonderartsvt.org

Supervisor: Ceilidh Galloway-Kane

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Mission:

WonderArts is a multidisciplinary community organization that connects, empowers, and supports our rural Vermont communities by providing hands-on activities and enrichment to all ages.

 

Site Description:

WonderArts cultivates lifelong learning and exploration to enrich community, schools, and economy through creativity, conversation & collaboration. WonderArts serves a wide variety of community members through programs for children, youth, families, adults, and seniors. Most of our programs are in partnership with other community organizations, municipalities, and/or schools. Organizational activities include enrichment programs for youth in school and after school, as well as workshops and events for adults and seniors. Each of our programs seek to support the wellbeing and resilience of our community. VISTA members promote the WonderArts mission by engaging with youth, schools, and community partners to build community connections, mentorship opportunities, workforce skills, technical assistance training, and systems that provide rural youth with access to expanded learning opportunities.

 

Here in Northern Vermont AmeriCorps members have extraordinary impact. In this position the VISTA member builds systems and programs to turn the curve on poverty. By supporting youth through the SPARK project, the VISTA makes a positive difference by coordinating mentorships, entrepreneurship programs, workshops around financial literacy, and supporting the self-confidence of youth. Please include in your application a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references.

 

VISTA’s Role:

The Spark Education & Outreach Coordinator VISTA has a significant role in developing, coordinating, and building youth programming, mentorship opportunities, and volunteer systems. The VISTA builds relationships within the community and supports staff and Spark Crew members in collecting data, identifying community needs, and building systems to address these needs.

There are 3 major activities that this role supports: entrepreneurship opportunities for students, technical assistance and tutoring for students outside of schools, and collaborating with schools and community partners to create opportunities for students to engage in expanded learning opportunities that connect with their personalized learning plans. In addition, the VISTA has the opportunity to develop programs and events, evaluate systems, and engage 1-on-1 with students and adults.

21 N. Main Street / PO Box 409

Randolph, VT 05060

Telephone: 802-728-4305

Email: julie@racdc.com

Website: www.racdc.com

Supervisor: Julie Iffland

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Mission:

Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) is a nonprofit organization created to unite the community in efforts to strengthen our region’s social and economic assets, enrich quality of life, and instill pride and confidence. We do this by promoting sound development practices and investment, creating affordable housing options, preserving environmental and historic resources, and leading in the revitalization of downtown and village centers.

 

Site Description:

RACDC develops & manages safe & affordable housing & serviced-enriched housing; administers Randolph’s Designated Downtown Program & a revolving loan fund. We collaborate with other organizations to leverage local assets into lasting change. Our VISTA member plays a central role in increasing our capacity to communicate effectively with our low-income constituents, members & stake-holders; improving data collection in digital form & communication methods including social media & new organizational and regional websites; & reaching out to the low-income community.  A major focus is on increasing involvement of youth in our programs & in their community, to empower them to better understand the public process & speak up regarding decisions affecting the future development of their community, & their opportunities.  The VISTA mobilizes & organizes volunteer efforts & projects, and creates intergenerational & cross-demographic interaction to improve community cooperation & understanding.

 

VISTA’s Role:

The RACDC VISTA builds organizational capacity by improving communications strategies & digital data collection/use; increasing capacity to mobilize volunteers; researching & applying for grants; planning & holding events (annual membership & community meetings); connecting w/ community partners, schools, & civic organizations; engaging in public outreach & building support for programs; developing systems to better serve low-income residents; and implementing strategies to achieve community & economic development goals. Should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, & have good judgement & computer skills. Preferred skills: graphic design or advanced data & digital skills; ability to serve independently or in a team. Send resume & cover letter expressing interest in the position and skills or talents.

RESOURCE - filled for 18-19 program year

329 Harvest Lane, Suite 200
Williston, VT 05495

Telephone: 802-857-4342

Email: jestabrooks@resourcevt.org  

Website: www.resourcevt.org

Supervisor: Jess Estabrooks

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VYT VISTA LEADER

PO Box 627 / 38 Elm Street

Montpelier, VT 05601-0627

Telephone: 802-229-9151

Email: cmiller@wcysb.org

Website: You're on it!

Supervisor: Caitlin Miller

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Must have successfully completed one of the following: Fulltime  VISTA, AmeriCorps, or NCCC service; or a Peace Corps service term.

 

Vision:

Vermont Youth Tomorrow promotes hope, justice, and wellbeing for all Vermont youth.

 

Site Description:

VYT places up to 28 VISTA members at sites across VT to build capacity and promote high-quality programs and initiatives that address poverty and its effects. VYT sites include mentoring, afterschool, substance abuse prevention, literacy, arts, food security, and job skills programs, as well as teen centers, municipalities, and libraries. With a focus on healthy futures (opioid prevention through positive youth development), education, and economic opportunity, VISTAs develop cash & in-kind resources; recruit & manage volunteers; create program curricula; expand & enhance public & community relations; and ensure that low-income youth & families have access to vital programs. Last year, VYT VISTAs procured more than $951,000 in cash, in-kind, & volunteer resources; recruited & managed 683 community volunteers who gave 26,898 hours of service to communities in need, and supported programs benefitting more than 4,000 youth.

 

VYT provides--comprehensive monthly skill-building & professional development training; hands-on opportunities to create & implement programs; a strong support network of staff, community, and AmeriCorps members. Through commitment, imagination, & perseverance, VISTAs make long-lasting, positive impacts on communities-in-need. VISTAs cite a high degree of satisfaction with their service, as well as an ongoing commitment to life-long civic engagement.

 

VISTA’s role:

The VYT Leader is part of a professional team overseeing a statewide VISTA program. Duties include--VISTA SUPPORT: Implement a comprehensive professional development training plan; visit VISTAs at their sites; develop esprit de corps; provide individual support; and help VISTAs gain leadership skills. DR. KING DAY: Lead efforts in Montpelier. REGIONAL NETWORKS: Connect VISTAs with other national service members in their area. PUBLIC RELATIONS: Implement public & community relations through traditional & social media and develop partnerships within the community; edit newsletter. RECRUITMENT: Implement recruitment plan to recruit high-quality VISTAs. ALUMNI: Support relations with VYT alumni, including ways for alumni to mentor current VISTAs. Join our team and help VISTAs succeed in service, community organizations thrive, and individuals gain skills to transcend poverty.

Mission:

ReSOURCE provides education and job skills training, environmental stewardship, and poverty relief. The Development and Donor Relations Department serves across ReSOURCE’s training, poverty relief, and environmental mission with a particular focus on building the capacity of the organization through a capital campaign designed to secure our permanent home in Chittenden County while developing additional training opportunities, measures that tell our story, and innovative new programs and partnerships in support of ReSOURCE’s mission.

 

Site Description:

LEAP and BEP provide work experiences, internships, and workshops to people with blind or visual impairments to increase employability. We also provide weekly evaluations and feedback to our participants, as well as follow-up after the program. We actively work with community partners to provide these experiences.

 

Development & Communications VISTA’s Role:

The VISTA supports ReSOURCE’s Development & Communications Department including: fundraising; grant research; supporting the Capital Campaign, committees, coordination, and events; as well as exploring new programming. The VISTA—(1) updates and enhances the website, blog, email marketing, and social media platforms to form a foundation for outreach and community connections; (2) Assists in funder research, grant proposal writing, and donor solicitations and build new relationships that support the sustainability of ReSOURCE and our programs; (3) Builds upon the new data tracking systems used by ReSOURCE training programs for future fundraising, reporting, and creation of new marketing materials.

Outreach Associate VISTA’s Role:

The Outreach Associate VISTA supports ReSOURCE’s Development and Re-use operations through outreach, community research, networking and partnership building, committees, coordination, and events with a focus on exploring new, mutually beneficial community partnerships. The VISTA assists with creating the tools needed to support our growing re-use operations at the local level, helping ensure the sustainability of ReSOURCE and our programs. The VISTA also builds upon ReSOURCE’s communication tracking tools to manage existing relationships while building new ones; coordinating with staff to outline the process to build and maintain those relationships.

ESSEX CHIPS

 

2 Lincoln St.

Essex Junction, VT 05478

Telephone: 802-878-6982

Email: david@essexchips.org

Website: www.essexchips.org

Supervisor: David Voegele

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Mission:

Through programs that promote youth development, reduce social inequity, and alleviate poverty, we empower youth to make healthy decisions and become community leaders.

 

Site Description:

Essex CHIPS is a small non-profit agency whose mission is to support, engage, inspire, and empower youth to make healthy decisions and become community leaders. Our impact is reflected in a higher quality of life for all — particularly those disadvantaged by social inequities & poverty. Our service area is primarily the Essex Junction, VT area, but some programs serve youth in the broader region of Chittenden County and beyond. CHIPS initiatives include: 1) the Essex Teen Center & Tween Center after-school programs; 2) FriendCHIPS school-based youth mentoring; 3) the Healthy Youth Coalition; 4) The Adventure Orientation Program (an outdoor-based program for students entering high school); 5) Essex Above the Influence (a student-led group promoting positive behaviors to their peers); 6) Community campaigns to prevent substance use; 7) Teen Mental Health First Aid training; 8) TeenLine/SafePlace; and the new Quality Youth Development (QYD) community certification program. Essex CHIPS seeks a VISTA member to join our dedicated team of staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers. The VISTA helps the agency further develop its capacity to fulfill its mission. The VISTA plays a critical role in our efforts to strengthen and diversify our resources and to better engage the community in support of youth.

 

VISTA’s Role:

The Community Resource & Engagement VISTA enhances the capacity of CHIPS to sustain its current programs and to broaden and deepen its positive impact on the quality of life for disadvantaged youth and their families by assisting the Executive Director with—researching funding opportunities; preparing grant applications; planning and coordinating fundraising events; preparing press releases; coordinating social media postings; recruiting & supervising volunteers; coordinating meetings of community partners; preparing outreach materials for new initiatives; strengthening donor & resource data bases; and other capacity building assignments.

 

DREAM

30 Community Drive

South Burlington, VT 05403

and

95 Templeton Ave

White River Junction, VT 05001

Telephone: 802-338-8979, 978-578-5639

Email: mhurlburt@dreamprogram.org, mfoote@dreamprogram.org

Website: www.dreamprogram.org

Supervisors: Mel Hurlburt, Mike Foote

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Mission:

To close the opportunity gap for youth in low-income housing.

Site Description:

We serve youth ages 5-21 who live in low-income housing communities in and around Burlington, White River Junction and Bennington, Vermont by providing programming and mentor relationships with college students. Activities are focused on building opportunities for youth and social capital. Some examples include: spending time on college campuses, going to farms, exploring museums and traveling to towns and cities further away from the communities in which our youth live. Our members will support youth in exploring opportunities that help open their minds to bigger and brighter futures.

Community Outreach VISTA’s Role:

The VISTA collaborates with 5 DREAM programs to -- (1) develop leadership; (2) enrich the mentor experience through training and support; (3) enhance programming for children; (4) set and meet realistic growth goals while maintaining quality programming; (5) together with housing community management, create waitlists of children; (6) build local partnerships to augment training and programming; and (7) explore additional sources for mentors beyond the current college model, including high schools and young professional groups.

Alumni Liaison VISTA’s Role:

The member--1) Support Alumni Council & leadership team to connect with & engage alumni, enable the grant process, and bolster e-communications & new initiatives. 2) Research & network with alumni to share personal connection to DREAM & its forward-looking vision. 3) Craft & make specific invites & asks of alumni to give time, resources, & connections to DREAM to foster growth & strengthening.

Creative Business Practices Coordinator VISTA's Role:

The VYT-DREAM Creative Business Practices Coordinator VISTA improves organizational efficiency. The VISTA —evaluates & enhances accounting practices, financial statements, & audit systems; advances & builds internal controls & budgeting process best practices; improves grant tracking system; researches & develops capital budget & plan to replace assets; researches & creates vendor plans to augment operations; develops a procurement & tracking process for supplies, gear, etc.; and assesses, implements & evaluates new workflows and automation using new or existing software.

Communications & Operations Systems Coordinator VISTA's Role:

The VYT-DREAM Communications & Operations Systems Coordinator VISTA builds capacity: (1) develops, implements, evaluates, & enhances communication & operation systems (for the organization & volunteer Board) more effective & efficient; (2) supports the Board as it coordinates committee meetings, evaluates programs, determines priorities, advances & builds best practices, and disseminates information; (3) prepares, implements, & evaluates risk management & emergency procedures; (4) creates systems to ensure sustainability of  all VISTA-enhanced systems & practices.

Communications Coordinator VISTA's Role:

The VYT-DREAM Communications Coordinator VISTA builds the capacity of the DREAM Program in the following ways: (1) Annual External Communication Plan: enhance, execute, & revise Plan; focus on traditional & social media content; create execution timeline. (2) Storylines: develop DREAM’s “voice”; collect tales of impact; take photographs & make videos. (3) Message Content: generate content from staff & volunteers, such as comics, memes, videos, funny slogans, etc.; create ongoing stories and themes for the year. (4) Outreach: connect with youth & their families to capture stories & experiences.

For more information about the VYT Host Sites, contact:

 

Danielle Shaw, Assistant Director of National Service Programs: dshaw@wcysb.org

Caitlin Miller, Assistant Director of National Service Programs: cmiller@wcysb.org

Olivia Gotaski, Assistant Director of National Service Programs: vydc.vytAD2@wcysb.org 

M. Kadie Schaeffer, Director of National Service Programs: vyt.vydc@wcysb.org

 

CAMP THORPE

Mission:

To close the opportunity gap for youth in low-income housing.

Site Description:

We serve youth ages 5-21 who live in low-income housing communities in and around Burlington, White River Junction and Bennington, Vermont by providing programming and mentor relationships with college students. Activities are focused on building opportunities for youth and social capital. Some examples include: spending time on college campuses, going to farms, exploring museums and traveling to towns and cities further away from the communities in which our youth live. Our members will support youth in exploring opportunities that help open their minds to bigger and brighter futures.

Community Outreach VISTA’s Role:

The VISTA collaborates with 5 DREAM programs to -- (1) develop leadership; (2) enrich the mentor experience through training and support; (3) enhance programming for children; (4) set and meet realistic growth goals while maintaining quality programming; (5) together with housing community management, create waitlists of children; (6) build local partnerships to augment training and programming; and (7) explore additional sources for mentors beyond the current college model, including high schools and young professional groups.

Alumni Liaison VISTA’s Role:

The member--1) Support Alumni Council & leadership team to connect with & engage alumni, enable the grant process, and bolster e-communications & new initiatives. 2) Research & network with alumni to share personal connection to DREAM & its forward-looking vision. 3) Craft & make specific invites & asks of alumni to give time, resources, & connections to DREAM to foster growth & strengthening.

Creative Business Practices Coordinator VISTA's Role:

The VYT-DREAM Creative Business Practices Coordinator VISTA improves organizational efficiency. The VISTA —evaluates & enhances accounting practices, financial statements, & audit systems; advances & builds internal controls & budgeting process best practices; improves grant tracking system; researches & develops capital budget & plan to replace assets; researches & creates vendor plans to augment operations; develops a procurement & tracking process for supplies, gear, etc.; and assesses, implements & evaluates new workflows and automation using new or existing software.

Communications & Operations Systems Coordinator VISTA's Role:

The VYT-DREAM Communications & Operations Systems Coordinator VISTA builds capacity: (1) develops, implements, evaluates, & enhances communication & operation systems (for the organization & volunteer Board) more effective & efficient; (2) supports the Board as it coordinates committee meetings, evaluates programs, determines priorities, advances & builds best practices, and disseminates information; (3) prepares, implements, & evaluates risk management & emergency procedures; (4) creates systems to ensure sustainability of  all VISTA-enhanced systems & practices.

Communications Coordinator VISTA's Role:

The VYT-DREAM Communications Coordinator VISTA builds the capacity of the DREAM Program in the following ways: (1) Annual External Communication Plan: enhance, execute, & revise Plan; focus on traditional & social media content; create execution timeline. (2) Storylines: develop DREAM’s “voice”; collect tales of impact; take photographs & make videos. (3) Message Content: generate content from staff & volunteers, such as comics, memes, videos, funny slogans, etc.; create ongoing stories and themes for the year. (4) Outreach: connect with youth & their families to capture stories & experiences.

Mission:

Camp Thorpe serves individuals with special needs through engaging and creative summer programming and focused year-round work to promote success, joy, life-skills, and wellbeing.

 

Site Description:

Camp Thorpe’s mission is to provide a fun and safe camping experience to children and adults with special needs. Camp Thorpe is dedicated to providing a fun and safe camping experience to children and adults with special needs through nine weeks of overnight summer programming for people with special needs. This programming includes artistic endeavors, fishing, theatrics, and many other activities.

 

VISTA’s Role:

The AmeriCorps VISTA member develops enrollment systems for new campers and makes the process easier for people who may not have ready access to technology to register. In addition the member recruits and trains new volunteers to help run the camp and lead activities, making the camp less expensive to run, thus making it more sustainable overall. The member also helps create a system to develop sustainable funding streams to support our support programming, especially for families most in need.  

The volunteer network that our AmeriCorps VISTA member creates will continue long after they are gone. Once established these relationships will be fostered by the ED and Board of trustees. Once people are in our systems the upkeep is easier—the initial time and energy sought in recruiting new volunteers and campers is far more than inviting them to partake in activities or camp.

Location: Office: Burlington, VT. Camp Thorpe: Goshen, VT.

 

680 Capen Hill Road,

Goshen, VT 05733

Telephone: 802-247-6611

Email: director@campthorpe.org

Website: https://www.campthorpe.org

Supervisor: Heather Moore

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​​Call us:

802-229-9151

​Find us: 

c/o Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club

P.O. Box 627/38 Elm Street

Montpelier, VT 05601-0627

The Vermont Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program (VYDC) and the Vermont Youth Tomorrow AmeriCorps VISTA Program (VYT) are programs of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club and receive funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.