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2017-18 Volunteer Iowa: DCDC Workforce Enrichment VISTA
The Decatur County Development Corporation (DCDC) is the economic development entity that serves Decatur County, Iowa. Our role is to inspire economic growth among the businesses and community members that thrive here. The DCDC VISTA member will create, organize and deliver enrichment activities for K-12 students at 3 schools in Decatur County to enhance knowledge of business opportunities in rural Iowa. These activities will encourage students to remain in school, learn about a profession that piques their interest, and ensure they know what tools will be necessary to live and work in a rural area without being in poverty. The VISTA will create and lead two programs to connect business leaders with students so students can learn directly from the experts. These activities will support the development of a future workforce base in the county and combat a local workforce availability challenge. Objective 1: Establish an internship database for local businesses and high school students to connect Objective 2: Plan and manage enrichment programs to connect business owners with upper elementary and middle school students to introduce them to possible career opportunities close to home, and the necessary schooling needed Objective 3: Organize financial literacy courses for residents in Decatur County. The VISTA will serve as a part of Volunteer Iowa's Rural Development and Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA project. Volunteer Iowa is a state agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. VISTA members with our program have the benefit of a statewide support network of staff, Commissioners, National Service Programs, fellow AmeriCorps members and a VISTA Leader. Members receive ongoing training, support, networking and professional development opportunities. Summer start date.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : -Contact businesses that might be interested in serving as a host for an intern. -Partner with high schools to identify the best way to reach students who are seeking an internship & develop a plan so it could count toward class credit. -Develop a plan to match businesses with the right student to fit their needs. -Identify local business owners who would be interested in speaking to classes. -Work with principals, guidance counselors & teachers to build a schedule for classes that will be targeted. -Manage volunteer speakers to ensure they are available to present at the available times, and coach them to present their career in a fun way to get kids excited about staying in school. -Identify partners, organize, and lead financial literacy classes. -Conduct interviews with businesses, interns students, teachers and residents to discuss possible program improvements. -Provide reports to the DCDC Board of Directors regarding the success of the programs.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Housing ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Entrepreneur/Business . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development . 
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2017-18 Volunteer Iowa: DCDC Workforce Enrichment VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/28/2017  -   08/27/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  


Accepting Applications
From  01/30/2017  To  08/04/2017 

Contact Donya Harvey
200 E Grand Ave
Des Moines   IA   50309
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71264