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2022 Community Research VISTA Summer Associate
Want to learn how to create change in your own community, and have your voice heard? Want to understand the social, political, and economic forces that have shaped the Chicago neighborhood of Austin today? Want to learn how design can make a neighborhood more equitable for young people and everyone? Join Territory to help create the “Youth-Safe Space Charrette” an intergenerational workshop where young people, community organizations, and neighbors will use design thinking tools and their own lived experience to propose safe spaces for youth that incorporate the community assets in Austin now, and that meet the needs of the young people who live here. A charrette is usually a design competition where teams work on a problem, over a short period of time, and then present their ideas to the group. This charrette will be a collaboration, where Austin’s young people and adults can share their knowledge and find common ground. VISTA Summer Associates will help Territory gather the research, build a network of participants, and create the design activities that will be the foundation of the charrette. The VISTA Summer Associate will be hosted by Territory NFP, located in Chicago. Territory NFP 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 : -Attend planning meetings with VISTA project team and staff leads -Share your expertise with Advanced Design Team members to help define the goals of the “Safe Space Charrette” community event (“the Charrette”). -Identify background work, roles, and projects required for success of the Charrette -Select your project for the Charrette -Write a project delivery schedule with weekly goals -Meet with your staff lead weekly to review project progress -Create a prototype of your Charrette project two weeks before the end of your AmeriCorps term -Test your Charrette activity one week before the end of your term -Provide a final reflection and guidelines or explanation for how to lead your Charrette activity as the deliverable for the end of your term -Up to 6 hours per week, attend career days or field trips off-site -Up to 3 hours per week, provide mentorship through studio activities developed with design team and program staff -Background checks are required
Program Benefits : $300/month Housing Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training . 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Urban Planning ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Youth Development ,  Communications ,  Architectural Planning . 
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2022 Community Research VISTA Summer Associate

Program Start/End Date
06/06/2022  -   08/14/2022

Work Schedule Summer

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ILLINOIS   Chicago  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2022  To  06/05/2022 

Contact AmeriCorps Leader
4637 N Spaulding Ave
Chicago   IL   60625

Listing ID 111216