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Building Wealth and Prosperity in Mountain View (Anchorage)
The Anchorage Community Land Trust is a community development nonprofit organization that has been working in Anchorage, Alaska Mountain View neighborhood for a decade. ACLT redevelops blighted properties, operates community gardens, and works with residents to build a more prosperous community. Core to our work is community engagement. We believe that effective community development is directed by the community, and encompasses all aspects that make up a vibrant neighborhood. Mountain View has been identified as the most diverse neighborhood in the United States and being in Alaska presents a unique set of challenges. For this project, the VISTA will be working to implement resident-identified needs to increase job opportunities and financial stability in the community. Anchorage touts a 5% unemployment rate, but in Mountain View it is closer to 18% with the average income far below average. The VISTA volunteer will work closely with nonprofit partners, schools, and resident leaders in order to develop sustainable programs that will enhance these economic goals. Chief among these goals are encouraging local hire of residents, partnering with providers, and creating culturally-relevant financial literacy programs in order to create more opportunities for education, training, and jobs. The member with work as a team member with a small staff, attend community meetings, create outreach campaigns, and assist in building a network of supporters throughout the service term. ACLT firmly believes in encouraging and supporting a self-motivated volunteer to make a lasting contribution. BENEFITS: Monthly living allowance ($1,333), relocation ($0.34/mile up to $1000) housing stipend ($100) bus pass and settling in allowance ($550) for relocating members, health benefits, child care assistance, and Education Award ($5,815) or cash stipend. Quarterly professional development training hosted by RurAL CAP.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will contribute ideas, manage multiple deadlines, and further ACLT’s community development goals. The VISTA will be in the forefront, regularly attending community meetings to address unemployment issues. The member will conduct research, analyze data, and work with local residents to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges related to building wealth and prosperity, thereby reducing unemployment. The VISTA will work with job training providers and local government offices, along with ACLT staff members, to design a workforce and community development network in order to develop resources and tools for residents in need of employment services. The VISTA member will also serve to implement the Neighborhood Development Center's community capacity building program. Through this work the VISTA will develop important skills in consensus building, intercultural partnership- building and professional communication.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Housing allowance @ $100 mo./ ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Urban Planning ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Building Wealth and Prosperity in Mountain View (Anchorage)

Program Start/End Date
05/22/2018  -   05/21/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations ALASKA  

Accepting Applications
From  10/10/2017  To  03/31/2018 

Contact Eric Milliken
731 E 8th Ave
Anchorage   AK   99501
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 62959