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Children's Defense Fund - Expansion & Evaluation VISTA
The Minnesota Alliance With Youth VISTA program places members in nonprofits, government, and schools in the Twin Cities to create, connect, and leverage resources to address education inequities such as the opportunity and achievement gaps. We build capacity, coordinate efforts that bridge and build the integration of school and community-wide support for youth, and actively engage youth as agents of change in closing these gaps. Our 20 person cohort meets regularly for professional development, team building, and peer support. This position is placed at Children's Defense Fund Minnesota. The Youth Development VISTA will work alongside the CDF-MN Youth Development team to coordinate and execute all programs, with a specific focus on CDF Freedom Schools. They will help develop evaluation plans, assist in the expansion of CDF Freedom Schools. The CDF Freedom Schools program incorporates the totality of CDF’s mission by fostering environments that support children and young adults (known as “scholars” in the CDF Freedom Schools program) to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in themselves and their families, schools, communities, country, and world with hope, education, and action. By providing K-12 scholars with rich, culturally relevant pedagogy and high-quality books that deepen scholars’ understanding of themselves and all they have in common with others in a multiracial, multicultural democratic society, CDF Freedom Schools programs further empower scholars to believe in their ability and responsibility to make a difference while instilling in them a love of reading to help them avoid summer learning loss. CDF Freedom Schools are rapidly expanding in Minnesota, and the VISTA will assist the Youth Development team in ensuring the program is expanding in a high-quality manner with fidelity to the model. They will also expand CDF-MN’s capacity to demonstrate the impact of the program.
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Member Duties : Conduct research to support CDF-MN Youth Development work. Conduct focus groups with stakeholders. Help develop 2023 Policy Agenda items. Develop a 2022-23 Continuous Program Improvement Calendar for two 21st CCLCs and ensure all activities are completed according to schedule. Collaborate with the Site Coordinators to ensure all student demographic and attendance data is entered into the CDF PIC and EZ Reports data management centers on time. Assist in managing, compiling, and inputting all required reports reflecting activities, attendance, student participation, and/or other data required for the 21st CCLC program. Research and pilot new qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods. Assist with the coordination of monthly CDF-MN Freedom Schools partner meetings, summer debriefs, and other events, including Youth Science Day, local training, and National Day of Social Action. Schedule and attend Site Visits in summer 2022.
Program Benefits : Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Non-Profit Management ,  General Skills ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Leadership . 
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Children's Defense Fund - Expansion & Evaluation VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/01/2022  -   07/31/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/25/2022  To  07/08/2022 

Contact Lauren Van Schepen
2233 University Ave W
Saint Paul   MN   55114

Listing ID 110777