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CT Food Justice Project- GVI Urban Farm VISTA
 
 
 
The Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project is a partnership between non-profits throughout the state, each with one to two VISTA Members building the capacity of that organization. Together we strive for a multigenerational, racially and economically diverse group of leaders with the skills to move communities across Connecticut toward a just food system. With VISTA Member support, host sites commit to empowering their communities to have impact on food-related programs and services, and the food system in Connecticut as a whole. VISTA Members in the project will: 1. Participate in a collaborative forum for sharing best practices and curriculum among 9 project sites and 13 VISTA Members. 2. Build the capacity of each organization to empower under-represented populations 3. Create, expand and enhance the services offered by their host site by fundraising, managing volunteers, convening the community, surveying the community, enhancing awareness of food insecurity and injustice, and much more. University of Connecticut Extension, in partnership with some of the most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, is coordinating the fifth year of this multi-site project beginning in August 2017.
 
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Member Duties : Green Village Initiative works toward creating a social, economic and environmental change through four programs: Reservoir Community Farm, an urban farm growing food for the community; Youth Leadership Program, a summer program that builds agriculture and professional skills for youth in the community; Community Gardens, working in collaboration with 13 other community gardens; and School Gardens, the 23 school gardens built by Green Village Initiative. Working closely with GVI’s Executive Director and staff, the GVI Urban Farm VISTA will work to improve the urban farm’s standard operating procedures in order to expand the current network of community members and urban growers at the farm stand. The VISTA will work alongside GVI’s Youth Leadership and Capacity Building VISTAs, as well as the VISTA member from the Bridgeport Farmers’ Market Collaborative, exploring ways to collaborate with other Bridgeport organizations.
 
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Hunger ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Education ,  Community Organization ,  Environment ,  Social Services ,  Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Youth Development ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Health ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Urban Planning ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  Trade/Construction ,  Conflict Resolution . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
CT Food Justice Project- GVI Urban Farm VISTA

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
High school diploma/GED

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations CONNECTICUT  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  05/01/2017  To  07/28/2017 

Contact Jiff Martin
24 Hyde Ave
Vernon   CT   06066
8608706932
jiff.martin@uconn.edu
sustainablefood.uconn.edu
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 74178


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