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Isuroon - Literacy Volunteer Program VISTA (LitMN)
Isuroon was founded in 2010 to address unmet healthcare needs of Somali women, taking its name from a word meaning “a woman who cares for herself.” Since then, we’ve expanded programming to address Somali families’ economic, health and social needs. Isuroon has earned a trusted place in the community because of its cultural insight and collaborative approach to combatting gender inequality and the poverty, illness, and social isolation it perpetuates. Our vision includes developing a blueprint to help Somali families exit poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency, building cultural bridges, addressing cultural and systemic barriers, and securing access to preventative healthcare. Literacy education is an important part of this vision. Program participants have requested more opportunities to learn literacy skills and we have not yet developed a sustainable program for people who want to volunteer with us. This project will respond to these needs by creating a literacy-focused volunteer program. Literacy is an urgent need for many Somali adults and youth. According to US Census data, over 40% of Somali adults in Minnesota have less than a high school diploma and 43% of the population 5 years and older speak English “less than very well.” We’re looking forward to using our grassroots, strength-based approach to address these challenges and build a program that addresses community needs while celebrating strengths. You will be working with a team of people committed to serving their communities; 89% of our staff are Somali or East African and come from the communities we serve. We are committed to staff development and offer regular opportunities for training to all staff. Someone who is self-motivated, passionate about community service, and dedicated to pursuing their own growth and development would be good fit for this position. *Additional benefits: Access to food shelf & social services support, yoga class, transportation stipend, coaching & mentoring.
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Member Duties : Create a program that engages volunteers to provide literacy education. The Literacy Leader will 1) research community resources and needs for literacy education and volunteer recruitment, 2) collaborate with staff to determine the extent of the volunteer program and create specific roles for each of our service areas, and 3) develop policies, procedures and curriculum to bring the program to life. Depending on the timeline of these activities, they may also begin recruitment and placement efforts. *Position is part of Literacy Leadership program of Literacy Minnesota (LitMN), which places AmeriCorps members with nonprofits, public agencies & Tribal Nations located in MN & WI to build capacity to improve literacy for individuals. Literacy Minnesota fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming & inclusive to all. Applications reviewed on rolling basis until filled for 8/30/21 start. More info:
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  *Healthcare allowance, CSA share ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance . 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Teaching/Tutoring ,  Leadership ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Social Services ,  Education ,  Recruitment . 
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Isuroon - Literacy Volunteer Program VISTA (LitMN)

Program Start/End Date
08/30/2021  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Less than High school

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Somali, Oromo or Arabic a plus

Accepting Applications
From  03/30/2021  To  07/30/2021 

Contact Saffron O'Brien
1103 W Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville   MN   55337

Listing ID 102790