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Urban Debate League (Outreach) -- St. Paul VISTA Program
 
 
 
The mission of the Minnesota Urban Debate League is to empower students to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities. The MNUDL serves 600 students in Minneapolis and St. Paul – 65% are students of color and are low-income. The goals of our VISTA project are to build the capacity of the Minnesota Urban Debate League to serve more students in St. Paul and ensure that they graduate from high school with a plan for post-secondary education and career success. A 2011 national peer-reviewed study of the Chicago Urban Debate League confirms that academic competitive debate makes a difference in the lives of youth: 1) Debaters vs. non-debaters are 40% more likely to graduate; this jumps to 70% for African American boys; 2) After 1 year of debate, students increase their reading comprehension by 3 grade levels; 3) After 2 years of debate students meet the ACT benchmarks for college readiness in English and Reading. High School students have 2-3 afterschool practices a week and then attend up to 14 debate tournaments during the season (September – January). Middle school students attend 5 tournaments between October and March and have practice 1-2 times per week. Students compete against other urban teams, as well as suburban and private schools. They debate about a current topic for the duration of the season and through the process they increase their reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, as well as their self-confidence. **This VISTA position is sponsored by the Saint Paul VISTA Program. Hosted in Mayor Chris Coleman's Office, the Saint Paul VISTA Program is comprised of a city-wide cohort of individuals -- placed at community organizations and schools -- dedicated to shaping the educational landscape for youth and families in Saint Paul.**
 
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Member Duties : Our VISTA will: 1) Develop a strong, sustainable, professional volunteer program that allows our organization to expand services. Activities: Position descriptions, recruitment plan, database and recognition (this will be 60% of the position time). 2)Assist MNUDL in developing strong and diverse revenue streams that will contribute to program/organizational sustainability. Activities: Grants Development, Give to the Max Day, Annual Fund Campaign, Annual Signature Event. (this will be 30% of position time) 3)Program Development; Activities: Produce Volunteer Curriculum, Hold 3 volunteer trainings, Develop coach training curriculum, Hold 2 coach trainings, Identify community and school partners/resources. Collect in database, Plan year-end High School Banquet (this will be 10% of your time)
 
Program Benefits :
Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
Terms :
None
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Law ,  Education ,  General Skills ,  Counseling ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Urban Debate League (Outreach) -- St. Paul VISTA Program

Program Start/End Date
07/29/2014  -   08/01/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/08/2014  To  06/20/2014 

Contact Amy Cram Helwich
2211 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis   MN   55454
612-359-6467
cramhe@augsburg.edu
augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 44749


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