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PHENND Fellows - PLA Farmworkers Project
For 25 years, Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) has provided free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Pennsylvania. While most of PLA’s clients live in Philadelphia, PLA also operates a statewide program, the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP), which, through legal assistance, education, and systemic advocacy helps empower immigrant farmworkers to advocate in the workplace and disrupt exploitative employer practices. Farmworkers are essential to Pennsylvania’s $10.9 billion agricultural industry, yet they are uniquely targeted because of socioeconomic, linguistic, and geographic isolation. Due to the legal complexities that the farmworker community faces, PFP uses a holistic model of legal representation by prioritizing each client's individual goals and collaborating with them to develop a solution that goes beyond legal outcomes.
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Member Duties : Through the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project, the VISTA will help increase the capacity of PLA to provide high-quality legal services to farmworkers across the state of Pennsylvania. The year three fellow will help increase PFP’s efficiency and effectiveness by establishing structures for outreach planning and expanding accessibility of outreach materials, strengthening our provider relationships and referral network, identifying new sustainable sources of funding, and developing an archive of quality training materials for new staff and volunteers. The PHENND Fellow will help implement a survey and assessment of farmworkers needs. They will use data collected from the 2021 and 2018 Needs Assessments to review change in clients’ needs over time. The Fellow will create a system to monitor the outcomes of clients. The Fellow’s work will allow PFP to aid more farmworker families in escaping abusive employment situations and building stability into their lives.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  SEPTA Monthly Key Pass ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Computers/Technology ,  General Skills ,  Education ,  Law ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Writing/Editing . 
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PHENND Fellows - PLA Farmworkers Project

Program Start/End Date
08/02/2021  -   08/01/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  02/15/2021  To  06/01/2021 

Contact Dana Kayser
3440 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19104
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 87131