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OneStar: Dallas Zoo Youth Volunteer Program VISTA
Do you love animals? Is conservation important to you? At the Dallas Zoo, you can contribute to our conservation mission while introducing low-income students to service learning and environmental issues. Our nonprofit zoo, the largest in Texas and home to more than 2,000 animals, is supported by an Education Department which aims to inspire care for wildlife and wild places. We actively involve participants via live animal experiences, project-based learning, and programs that are interactive, science-based and conservation-oriented. The Zoo aims to develop and sustain relationships with our participants so that they are engaged and empowered to act on behalf of wildlife conservation. The Zoo’s Education Department also helps youth experience the rewards and responsibilities of volunteering through our 28-year-old youth volunteer program. Youth volunteers discover real-world applications of science and math and learn about the natural world, becoming empowered to incorporate conservation practices into their daily lives. Through serving and interacting with a diverse group of peers and Zoo visitors, they also gain job-ready skills and develop self-esteem and self-confidence. Because many residents in the Zoo's own zip code struggle to make ends meet, we work hard to keep a Zoo experience affordable and accessible. Many visiting students come from nearby Title I schools, classified as having a high percentage of low-income students. Sparking interest in science and math in these children is crucial: not only are those disciplines important to their school careers and college readiness, but they're tied to higher-income jobs projected to be more stable in the future.
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Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA will assist in developing and piloting curriculum to engage students from low-income neighborhoods in the Zoo’s Youth Volunteer Program. This position works with the Education Supervisor of Youth Learning to develop youth volunteer programs in the context of learning objectives for youth audiences. This program consists of the VISTA training youth volunteers on how to use the curriculum so that they can engage Zoo visitors. Duties also include evaluating program implementation and recruitment to ensure the program is sustainable and effective in engaging youth from low-income communities. A target population of the member's activities will be fourth-grade students in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. The member will work with school staff and parents to increase student exposure to service learning and environmental issues, helping them to build the skills needed to devise community-based solutions to conservation problems.
Program Benefits : Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Environment ,  Education ,  Conservation background ,  Youth Development ,  Recruitment ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Community Organization . 
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OneStar: Dallas Zoo Youth Volunteer Program VISTA

Program Start/End Date
07/23/2018  -   07/30/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS   Dallas/Ft. Worth  


Accepting Applications
From  02/15/2018  To  06/12/2018 

Contact Courtney Jonescu
Dallas   TX   75203
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 67323