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Stewards VISTA: Groundwork Hudson Valley
Through an array of capacity building support services, the new AmeriCorps VISTA Steward for Groundwork Hudson Valley will play an instrumental role in moving three high-profile environmental projects forward in the EJ community of Southwest Yonkers. Activities will involve developing and refining project outreach efforts through an equity lens, developing volunteer stewardship initiatives to increase and broaden their impact, and raising critically needed resources to sustain these programs over time. Projects include a major effort to transform a large neighborhood brownfield site into the Yonkers Greenway, an initiative developed and designed by the local community. Along an abandoned commuter rail line, the greenway would revitalize one of the city’s most socially and economically distressed neighborhoods. The second project involves the restoration of the Saw Mill River, an impaired tributary to the Hudson River flowing through the center of Southwest Yonkers around which are major public parks and commercial districts. This section of the stream is also at the bottom of the watershed and most subject to trash, fecal coliform and high stream velocities connected to extreme weather and climate change. The third project involves preparing the community for a range of climate-related threats such as heat waves, sea level rise, hurricanes and storm surge. Southwest Yonkers is along the Hudson River coast, is the most densely built part of the city, and the most disadvantaged, making it especially vulnerable to climate concerns and in need of resiliency initiatives. Through a project developed with Groundwork USA and NOAA, the organization has mapped a range of climate risks in Southwest Yonkers, and is running the Climate Safe Yonkers Task Force to address these issues in the community. VISTA will help develop the long-term capacity and sustainability of this project.
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Member Duties : VISTA will: Assess gaps in project participation among stakeholders and community groups in low-income areas and design strategies to strengthen their involvement. Identify additional resources for its youth employment programs that hires high school students from neighborhoods throughout Southwest Yonkers. Engage community members from Southwest Yonkers for identifying opportunities for developing sustainable transportation options to better connect to job centers. Work with its supervisor and the Director of Development on prospecting grant opportunities and cultivating sponsors. Engage community volunteer Groundwork events. Join the staff in assessing its engagement in the community and cultivating its continued relationship in the community, in particular in the Climate Resilience Program, and in engaging community members in the activities of this program area.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Environment ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  General Skills . 
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Stewards VISTA: Groundwork Hudson Valley

Program Start/End Date
10/24/2022  -   10/23/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW YORK   New York City (inc. Long Island CT NJ NY)  

Accepting Applications
From  08/18/2022  To  09/30/2022 

Contact Patricia Silva
330 Harper Park Dr
Beckley   WV   25801

Listing ID 114278