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Explore Austin VISTA Volunteer and Alumni Coordinator
Explore Austin pairs youth from low-income communities (Explorers) with caring and committed adult Mentors for a six-year journey, using the outdoors as a classroom to teach youth leadership. Explore Austin believes that through the support of dedicated mentors and connection to profound outdoor adventure, adolescents are provided with the conditions they need to develop life skills, such as grit, self-efficacy, and confidence. Youth enter Explore Austin as sixth graders and become a part of a 20-member team: 5 Mentors and 15 Explorers. We currently serve 300 youth who primarily qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 100 volunteer Mentors. Our program is delivered via two main activities: Saturday Challenges and Summer Wilderness Trips. Saturday Challenges: Nine 6-hour outings each year connect Explorers to local outdoor activities and learning experiences. Explorers learn to canoe, rock climb, mountain bike, and backpack, in addition to discussing social and emotional developmental topics with Mentors. Summer Wilderness Trips: Each year Explorers and Mentors embark on challenging week-long adventures in the wild backcountry's of Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. Shared challenges fortify bonds and trust, while Mentors translate the ever-present teachable moments of the outdoors into life lessons such as success and failure, teamwork, self-sufficiency, goal setting, and problem-solving. Unlike other mentor programs that last for shorter periods of time, Explore Austin serves youth for six years. Explorers and Mentors have demonstrated their dedication through high retention rates over the past 15 years. In 2020, Explorers received 41,800 hours of mentoring collectively and went on 168 outdoor and virtual activities.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will assist with: analysis of current alumni engagement efforts and developing new engagement strategies to meet goals; Establishing a calendar of alumni events; Organizing and coordinating alumni events such as networking events, climbing meet-ups, and campouts; Capturing Alumni stories through Archive StoryCorps and managing the Alumni “Where are they now?” efforts; Enhancing volunteer (Mentor) recruitment efforts through creating partnerships within the community that will help Explore Austin meet recruitment goals; Identifying volunteer resources and trainings that would benefit our volunteers and better prepare them for their work with Explore Austin; Helping coordinate volunteer events and trainings including our annual mentor training conference.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Communications . 
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Explore Austin VISTA Volunteer and Alumni Coordinator

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS  

** Bilingual Spanish/English

Accepting Applications
From  06/30/2021  To  07/29/2021 

Contact Cat Holst
1111 W 24th St.
Austin   TX   78705

Listing ID 104923