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Community Outreach & Curriculum Development VISTA (Year 1)
 
 
 
This project is supervised by Odyssey Youth Movement (OYM), which is dedicated to promoting equity for LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Northwest through youth-driven programs and community education. The goal of this project is to create a network of knowledgeable and connected student clubs and trusted adults throughout Spokane’s school systems that are equipped to have safe and affirming interactions with LGBTQ+ students throughout the school year. Access to affirming and LGBTQ+ supportive resources will move people out of poverty by removing barriers to the supports that currently exist in our community. Support of robust Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in schools will work to pull students out of poverty by helping to ensure they keep regular attendance and succeed academically in an environment where they feel supported. Expanding networks of support through more visible and robust GSA student clubs, supporting the education of trusted adults, and overall access to school, community, and national resources will have a direct impact on combating the large disparities faced by LGBTQ+ students including school dropout rates, struggles with academics, and risk of suicide. With area schools likely returning to in person instruction soon, these upcoming years are crucial to make sure that LGBTQ+ students don’t slip through the cracks. This position is in Spokane, in Eastern Washington, about 20 miles west of Idaho and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Benefits include $513 biweekly living allowance. VISTA Members who successfully complete the year receive their choice of either a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,195) or an $1,800 cash stipend. AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program where you can earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process. Additionally, OYM will provide a bus pass or mileage reimbursement and access to join drop-in dinners on workdays.
 
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Member Duties : This is the first year of a 3-year VISTA project. The VISTA member will conduct community outreach and needs assessment to identify existing resources for and unmet needs of LGBTQ+ students in Spokane high schools. This work will focus on identifying GSA groups and their status within area schools. The member will also curate a database of resources for youth-serving professionals and identify school policies which impact LGBTQ+ students and summarize in order to make them accessible and understandable to youth. The VISTA member will develop a training curriculum for professionals and volunteers serving LGBTQ+ youth in Spokane’s high schools, informed by the needs assessment, with go-to guides for common questions when serving LGBTQ+ youth. These resources will provide guidelines for questions like: “What do I do if a student wants to change their name on school records?” and “Where can I send a student if they need gender affirming clothing?”
 
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Bus pass or mileage reimbursement; meals ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Education ,  Youth Development . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Community Outreach & Curriculum Development VISTA (Year 1)

Program Start/End Date
08/16/2021  -   08/15/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  05/01/2021  To  06/25/2021 

Contact Kaela Loriz
920 N Washington St
Spokane   WA   99201
509-324-5024
kaelal@unitedwayspokane.org
unitedwayspokane.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 103602


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