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Stewards VISTA: WaterWays
 
 
 
Stream Team Action Management Project (STAMP) will educate kids and community volunteers about issues in their watersheds and provide the tools to implement positive actions to restore their watersheds. The overall focus will be to build capacity of WaterWays so we may not only increase environmental and watershed awareness, but also to increase community engagement to empower these Stream Teams of students/community members to put in place positive actions for problems that they discover in their watersheds. Improved waterways through local action will also improve health and education for the community, thereby reducing poverty. Some of this will be through improved communications and outreach. Our first goal is to increase organizational capacity by improving our communication/ organizational system. Volunteers are essential to grassroots community action and this project will help us focus on supporting our volunteers better! Our second goal is to expand our outreach to communities and schools to engage more volunteers in stream team actions by adopting their favorite sections of streams. We envision this outreach will be to a very wide segment of the population from schools to hikers to corporations, so not only those who need introduced to their waterways, but also those who love the water and only need a way to get involved. A very focused third goal is to increase youth training for students at high poverty schools. While direct engagement of these students is meaningful, we think that having older students who have graduated from these schools as leaders will be an incredibly effective way to empower young people. We expect this increased awareness building will create momentum in funding through grants, sponsorships and events to support the Stream Teams and other projects.
 
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Member Duties : VISTA will evaluate local watershed needs and create a visual assessment guide to local streams for watershed action projects. VISTA will work to establish a strong volunteer program for educational assistance and watershed clean-up projects. They will also create educational materials for school teams (Stream Teams) with the Program Coordinator and assist with County park’s field trip program development. VISTA will work with groups to initiate action projects in their watersheds, particularly focused on abandoned mine lands but also including action and restoration projects in other areas. VISTA will build capacity through trainings and volunteer management as well as community outreach. Increase awareness building through corporate outreach and collaborating with Young Professionals. Research and apply for local grants and other fundraising to support efforts. VISTA will improve communications and awareness through social media, blogs, and videos.
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  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 and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  First Aid ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Environment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Education ,  Leadership . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Stewards VISTA: WaterWays

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  05/15/2022  To  07/18/2022 

Contact John-Michael Aurednik
345 Prince St
Beckley   WV   25801
16812380963
jmaurednik@conservationlegacy.org

Listing ID 112246


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