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Palace Youth Theatre Development VISTA
The Manchester community is currently being ravaged by the opioid crisis and the high levels of poverty it fuels. As the largest employer of artists in New Hampshire, the Palace serves as an economic engine to the city, providing over $6 million in economic output and supporting nearly 150 jobs. The Palace also addresses the lack of arts education in the state of New Hampshire and how that impacts Manchester's youth. In a 2012 report, the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities found that a child involved in the arts is more likely to graduate from high school, attend college, and attain stable employment. Palace Youth Theatre recognizes that these outcomes can effectively break the cycle of poverty, which is why we work to make art education and live theatre experiences an equitable opportunity for every child in Manchester and beyond. According to the NASSA, students who receive a quality arts education have been shown to have increased literacy and ELA skills, advanced math achievement, stronger motivation to learn, elevated critical thinking skills, and an increase in their self-esteem and social-emotional growth. Unfortunately, New Hampshire students, particularly those in low-income schools, are being denied these opportunities. In the Measuring Up: NH Arts Education Data Project (2010), it was shown that only 2% of NH elementary schools offered at least one course in theatre, and only 6% of middle schools offered a course in dance. Due to the inaccessible nature of arts education, students interested in educational theatre experiences have been forced to travel far and pay thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, those facing poverty have been left to go without these transformative and enriching opportunities. The Palace believes that every child deserves access to a quality arts education, regardless of their socio-economic status or zip code. The lack of equitable arts education funding in NH has left a gap that the Palace is eager to fill.
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Member Duties : The Palace Youth Theatre VISTA will work to expand opportunities for low-income students in Manchester and beyond to participate in Palace Youth Theatre programming or experience a live show. Regardless of ability to pay, every child deserves the opportunity to experience the power of performing arts. Arts education leads to improved school performance and an increased likelihood of college attendance and stable employment. Through grant writing, fundraising, community outreach, volunteer recruitment, and event support, the VISTA member will support the Palace Theatre’s efforts to make arts education and transformative theatre experiences as accessible as possible in order to help break the cycle of poverty. The VISTA member can expect to work indirectly in an office setting. Applicants should possess good researching skills, strong verbal and writing communication skills, basic knowledge of Microsoft office, the willingness and flexibility to learn, and a love for the arts.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Education ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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Palace Youth Theatre Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/30/2021  -   08/29/2022

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW HAMPSHIRE  

Accepting Applications
From  06/16/2021  To  06/16/2022 

Contact Renee Perreault
80 Hanover St
Manchester   NH   03101

Listing ID 96527