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OSMRE VISTA: Schuylkill River Valley Community Initiatives
Schuylkill River Greenway Association is the managing entity of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area and provides a vision for a thriving and economically vibrant region whose residents, visitors and communities understand, value and are fully committed to the stewardship of the Schuylkill River watershed and its heritage. Our mission is to connect residents, visitors and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement and economic development in order to foster stewardship of the watershed and its heritage. The VISTA will primarily be serving needs concerning youth unemployment, youth poverty, and health in Schuylkill County, PA, an OSMRE priority region. To address these issues, the VISTA will develop a Heritage Conservation Corps, a youth employment program designed to expand the Schuylkill River Trail. The VISTA will also develop funding and support for community gardening projects in communities where fresh food access is limited. Finally, the VISTA will provide technical assistance to schools participating in Project SOLO (Schuylkill Outdoor Leadership Odyssey), an environmental education and mentorship initiative led by SRHA’s past VISTAs.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will refine work objectives, job descriptions, and cost projections from a Heritage Conservation Corps (HCC) pilot program developed by the previous VISTA to create a long-term HCC program. In tandem with leading the Heritage Conservation Corps to complete trail segments, the VISTA will also assist with recruiting Adopt-a-Trail and Sponsor-a-Trail partners for newly completed Schuylkill River Trail segments. The VISTA’s community gardening involvement will be two-fold. The VISTA will work with a local community foundation to create a community gardening grant program while assisting a community non-profit with outreach strategies that will raise residents’ awareness and interest in community garden projects. The VISTA will additionally provide technical assistance to schools and other VISTA members involved in Project SOLO, including venue recruitment, scheduling mentors and field trip programming, securing materials, and coaching speakers.
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Environment ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership . 
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OSMRE VISTA: Schuylkill River Valley Community Initiatives

Program Start/End Date
11/27/2017  -   11/26/2018

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA  


Accepting Applications
From  07/11/2017  To  11/30/2017 

Contact Kaitlin Foley
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 74441