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Promise Zone Economic Development Public Safety VISTA
The City of Philadelphia is one of a small number of communities with a Promise Zone designation, an initiative that aims to align Federal and local priorities for fighting poverty. Today, the neighborhood you grow up in impacts your odds of graduating high school, whether you are likely to face chronic disease, and your lifelong economic opportunities. The goal of this effort is to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunity, and that community development and human service delivery partners are coordinating their efforts to achieve optimal impact. The target area of the Promise Zone locally is roughly two square miles in West Philadelphia – bounded by the Schuylkill River to the east, Girard Avenue to the north, 48th Street to the west, and Sansom Street to the south. It includes roughly 35,000 residents. Poverty rates in this area are at crisis levels at 51%, housing vacancy rates are extreme in the lowest income areas, serious crime plagues the neighborhood, and low education levels means residents struggle to compete in today’s economy. 14.45% of housing is long term vacant, and 20% of adults in seven of the eight census tracts do not have a high school degree.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA will work with a coalition of community stakeholders to advance the goals of the Promise Zone. Specifically, the VISTA will: (1) Staff the Promise Zone Committees for Public Safety and Economic Opportunity, working closely with each committees’ leadership to recruit and engage members; 2) Help the leadership of each committee identify and support emerging initiatives that align with committee priorities; 3) Develop work plans that assign and track the ways in which partners contribute to a collaborative effort; 4) Develop systems and materials for engaging residents and soliciting their feedback to help guide collaborative work that partners are working on in Promise Zone Committees.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Public Safety ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Urban Planning ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Writing/Editing ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Leadership ,  Team Work . 
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Promise Zone Economic Development Public Safety VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/22/2017  -   08/25/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  03/30/2017  To  07/17/2017 

Contact Lauren Parker
1234 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19107

Listing ID 59278


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