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CMRS - Stable Housing for Youth 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 Community Mediation and Restorative Services, Inc. (CMRS). CMRS’s mission is to develop the capacity of the community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm. We utilize this community empowerment approach as we work on addressing barriers to stable housing and school success. Through decades of experience in housing and school systems, we know the two are connected. How can we strengthen relationships in our schools? How can we leverage those strong relationships to identify families at risk of losing their homes or access to utility services? How can we rely on our community to break down barriers and work within complex systems to create a more just and equitable society? The VISTA will work alongside youth and educators in the schools community to help explore these questions, prevent homelessness, and increase housing stability. They will pilot a project working with high school youth to create a “safety net” system, addressing housing stability issues upstream. The VISTA will also utilize their learning to create outreach systems that help CMRS reach the wider community more effectively. They will work with a team to create and improve social media campaigns, email marketing, outreach events, and the website’s accessibility and appeal. Lastly, the VISTA will work to create an interactive resource list that organizations and community members can utilize to access help in a convenient way.
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Member Duties : Work with area educators to learn how schools identify when families are at risk of losing housing or utility access Pilot a project working with high school youth to create a “safety net” system Learn about and observe restorative practices in school service model Learn about and observe mediation and rental assistance in housing service model Participate in outreach events; observe, record, and evaluate current event outreach strategy Join communications and development team; identify if website/outreach work needs sub-committee or separate group Develop website copy and design structure Create social media posts, templates, and scheduled releases Coordinate a team for outreach event at Hennepin County Government Center Gallery Display; evaluate results Create ongoing, interactive housing resource list for publication; train others how to utilize resource list
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Homelessness ,  Education ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Youth Development ,  Education ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Team Work . 
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CMRS - Stable Housing for Youth VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/29/2022  -   08/28/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  03/25/2022  To  08/05/2022 

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

Listing ID 110832