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Wilkes University - PACC
About 1.4 million veterans are considered at-risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and poor living conditions (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans). Veteran Students have many qualities that offer peers a world-view not otherwise shared with traditional students, however, their military experience may overshadow academic progress can also be a source of stress that decreases the likelihood of their persistence in postsecondary education. The National Center for Education Statistics indicates that 49.3% student veterans did not complete their degree. These factors have prompted Wilkes University to develop the Inter-organizational Veteran Educational Team (INVEST) program. Wilkes University wants veterans to maximize their education opportunities; INVEST will ensure the university and community veterans achieve at the highest level. Wilkes University has the distinction of being designated as a Military Friendly School and participates fully in the Veterans Administration education Yellow Ribbon Program. INVEST is a collaborative effort between Wilkes University veteran serving departments and community partners. By creating a safety net of support that includes not only educational access, job/career opportunities, but peer-to-peer social and emotional support, INVEST will help to mitigate risk factors of transitioning to civilian life. Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC) is an organization which offers statewide support for member institutions who sustain an environment, culture, and infrastructure for student civic and community engagement and campus/community partnerships.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : Wilkes University will utilize the services of a PA Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA to assist veterans in the transition process. The Inter-Organizational Veteran Educational Support Team (INVEST) will help veterans succeed at their post-secondary educational goals through supportive social and educational programs in Luzerne county by developing veteran to veteran assistance programs, and forums about VA entitlements. The AmeriCorps*VISTA will assist in ending poverty through a community-wide educational and career fair for veterans and their families. The AmeriCorps*VISTA will support the student Veterans Council to energize a vets helping vets program by providing assistance to recruit, train, and monitor volunteers. The VISTA will gather data for the Wilkes Veterans Services webpages; including support services available, scholarship opportunities, upcoming events in the public, current trends in higher education, and the Educational and Job Fair information.
Program Benefits :
Training ,  On-Campus Meal Plan ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
Terms :
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time . 
Service Areas :
Education . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Education ,  Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Social Services ,  Community Organization ,  Veterans ,  Counseling ,  Communications . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Wilkes University - PACC

Program Start/End Date
07/20/2014  -   07/24/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/01/2014  To  05/20/2014 

Contact Megan Boone Valkenburg
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre   PA   18766
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 53843