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2021-2022 Housing + History Collaborations VISTA
This VISTA will be a vital member of the Public Practice team to support projects across the museum, focusing intensively to support teen engagement. Teen programming at the Smart Museum provides multivalent opportunities for South Side youth to access their lived experience, step into their creative brilliance, and contribute to civic dialogue through artful expression. The VISTA will support our flagship program, produced in partnership with Chicago Housing Authority, where teen participants pursue ambitious real-world, human-centered design projects that will impact the larger community. The ideal candidate has deep knowledge and experience of Chicago, including the Chicago Housing Authority and/or National Public Housing Museum. The candidate must have experience conducting oral history interviews with marginalized communities. An interest in art and community engagement is required, as is an ability to collaborate and communicate well with others. The candidate should be culturally competent and invested in Black empowerment. Prior Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access experience or related training preferred. The Smart Museum team works non-hierarchically, preferring to activate each member’s full agency as they draw upon all of their interests, skills, and expertise. We support each person’s ambitions and inspirations. This position is a part of the Housing Action AmeriCorps Network, an AmeriCorps VISTA program managed by Housing Action Illinois since 2010. As such, this position will receive customized training, support, guidance, and networking opportunities, in addition to the traditional opportunities for AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Learn more about the program on Housing Action’s website.
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Member Duties : 1) Strengthen the partner relationships to increase capacity for organizations to work together: A. Lead community planning between teens, students, and seniors. B. Liaise with visiting artists and community leaders. C. Coordinate and organize calendar listings and schedules. D. Coordinate supplies, lunches, and program materials; support other museum public projects that will unfold across the summer and into the academic year. E. Co-facilitate Smart’s multi-site, cross-city exhibitions. 2) Collaboratively plan and program academic year teen programs: A. Recruit and mentor teens to explore community engagement opportunities and conducting oral history interviews. B. Collectively gather 50 oral history interviews with residents at the Riperton Apartments and former residents from the ABLA/Brooks Homes. C. Work together to archive the interviews, annotate transcripts of the stories, and edit together podcast compilations.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Ventra or Metra Pass ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Education ,  Public Speaking ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Youth Development ,  Writing/Editing ,  Environment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

2021-2022 Housing + History Collaborations VISTA

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  07/09/2021  To  08/30/2021 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
5550 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago   IL   60637

Listing ID 103184