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Community Stewards VISTA Trips for Kids - Chattanooga (SECC)
Southeast Conservation Corps was Founded by AmeriCorps VISTA alumna, Brenna Kelly, and has been in operation since 2013. The program began with one Youth Conservation Crew of 7, and is now beginning its 4th season which will be serving approximately 90 adult and youth conservation crew members, interns and local middle school students through SECC’s Trips for Kids bicycle and mentorship program. The VISTA will focus on creating more Trips for Kids (TFK) earn-a-bike opportunities for local youth. Currently SECC serves approximately 8–16 youth per year in a mountain bike and conservation service program. Each TFK program engages 6-8 youth for a 5-month period. Within the structure of the TFK program, youth commit to weekly bike rides guided by staff and community mentors, and monthly conservation service projects. Ride days are progressive-skills based and teach the building blocks of bike transportation on city streets and recreation on local public lands. Through structured rides and lessons youth are exposed to hands-on, placed-based educational activities and consistent positive mentorship, which are building blocks needed to transition out of poverty and into constructive opportunities. TFK rides are the vehicle to impart interpersonal skills such as commitment, positive communication, and fortitude, while teaching tangible sciences such as physics via bicycle gears and environmental science through service projects like watershed restoration. The VISTA will also build community engagement around the program by identifying and enlisting dedicated ride mentors, sustaining financial benefactors and additional youth partners. These relationships will create more community-based partnerships with individuals and businesses interested in connecting with Chattanooga’s low-income youth communities to broaden their exposure to economic opportunities. Applications are reviewed and the position will be filled on a rolling basis. Please apply early to be considered.
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Member Duties : The SECC VISTA will assist in the preparation and submission of grant proposals, conducting grant research, creating a grants calendar, and strengthening funder partnerships alongside the program director. The VISTA will recruit and train ride and conservation service mentors and identify trip leaders from that pool of volunteers, as well as create a volunteer training curriculum. The VISTA will foster relationships and develop partnerships with funders, area schools, and natural resource management organizations in support of SECC's Trips for Kids program. The VISTA will create opportunities for earn-a-bike participants to work alongside SECC crew members on conservation service projects, and field trips to local bike manufacturers and other local career opportunities. Additionally the VISTA will engage ride mentors and local businesses to speak with youth about job opportunities.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Professional development funds . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Youth Development ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  interest in bicycling . 
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Community Stewards VISTA Trips for Kids - Chattanooga (SECC)

Program Start/End Date
01/30/2017  -   01/29/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  

Accepting Applications
From  06/17/2016  To  01/01/2017 

Contact Mary Kobs
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 68500