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Community Planning and Capacity Building
This placement will work on two separate but related projects. My Community, My Vision is a collaborative effort between State of Indiana agencies and the Indiana Chapter of Future Farmers of America to inspire and engage the youth of Indiana's rural communities to help create their ideal community. To do this, the youth and their advisors will work closely with their local officials and a professional urban/community planning firm or a professional urban/community planner to develop a five-to-ten year Community Vision Plan for their community. The goals of My Community, My Vision are to: a) Empower the youth to develop a vision for their community; b) Promote comprehensive community development with a focus on affordable housing, agriculture, leadership, and entrepreneurship; c) Develop, promote and engage leadership in the youth of Indiana's rural communities; d) Encourage youth to return to their hometowns after completing higher education; e) Promote Indiana's rural communities as places to live, work, play and visit. We also propose that this VISTA member work on our Aging in Place initiative. Aging in place refers to making our living environment safe and adaptable so that everyone can remain independent and continue to thrive in their homes and community even as circumstances change. Since 2012, IHCDA has sought to operationalize this commitment with a coherent strategy intended to assist low-income seniors to connect with the services and housing they need in communities in which they choose to live, but we have not developed the appropriate systems to define what aging in place means to our constituents and customers and to effectively implement that definition through our programs and services. The VISTA member has a unique opportunity to explore the housing and service needs of elders with their cooperation to help IHCDA craft and implement a strategy to effectively serve seniors.
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Member Duties : 4. Regarding FFA: (1) Through interviews, surveys, community meetings etc, craft and implement a plan to improve the capacity of FFA chapter advisors to spearhead the development of community plans through their memberships and through the development of relationships with key community partners; (2) Work with chapters to develop and implement community plans, with a particular emphasis on soliciting and incorporating involvement from low-income residents. With regard to Aging in Place: (1) Through stakeholder interviews, internal/external surveys, community meetings etc., craft and implement a plan to solicit feedback from low-income seniors regarding their specific housing/service needs. (2) Work with IHCDA and its partners to turn that feedback into concrete recommendations, then solicit feedback from community partners regarding those recommendations; once we have low-income community buy-in to our plan, work with IHCDA staff and community partners to implement recommendations.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Elder Care ,  Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Leadership . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Community Planning and Capacity Building

Program Start/End Date
09/15/2014  -   09/14/2015

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations INDIANA  

Accepting Applications
From  05/25/2014  To  07/01/2014 

Contact Joseph Palus
30 S Meridian St
Indianapolis   IN   46204
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 56150