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2017-18 Volunteer Iowa: iJAG Employer & Community Engagement
 
 
 
The iJAG Employer and Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA member will be working closely with the Director of Strategic Advancement, iJAG Program Manager, and iJAG Classroom Specialists to guide the VISTA in identifying and developing community organizations and businesses that align with student career interests and needs. The VISTA member will have some marketing responsibilities as they work to develop sustaining partners who are wanting to actively engage with iJAG students. Through partnerships students have the opportunity to build leadership skills, self-esteem, and develop strategies to address their challenges, helping them successful in graduating from high school and their future careers. Most students are not aware of what really goes on in businesses, nor are they clear about employment expectations. Through partnerships, employers and community leaders are provided an opportunity to meet their future workforce in iJAG classrooms and projects. Students also get to understand business leaders are "real people" too. The VISTA member will model for students the importance of service, and the role of VISTA. National Service is a positive outcome for iJAG students. This is an important role in that iJAG students are learning that "paying it forward" is important, particularly when you have received in the past. Each iJAG student provides 15 hours of community service annually. 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.
 
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Member Duties : The iJAG VISTA will be responsible for helping iJAG grow 4-5 new sustainable business partners in each of the identified iJAG classrooms, utilizing the iJAG Employer Engagement Model. The primary focus will be on four communities: Red Oak, Creston, Perry, Keokuk, and Council Bluffs/Omaha. There may be crossover with Des Moines based businesses. The iJAG VISTA will work closely with iJAG Leadership to fully understand the Employer Engagement Model, and increase the awareness of iJAG by connecting employers with each of the identified iJAG classrooms. Once the actual engagement has been initiated, the VISTA will continue to work closely iJAG management to discuss with the employers their experience and next step opportunities. The overall goal is to help the employers and students know each other better through engagement in projects and/or work-based learning experiences. iJAG students specifically will gain leadership development, career awareness and workforce readiness.
 
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Homelessness ,  Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business . 
 
Skills :
Non-Profit Management ,  Education ,  Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
2017-18 Volunteer Iowa: iJAG Employer & Community Engagement

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 IOWA  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  07/06/2017  To  11/27/2017 

Contact Helen Bisioulis
200 E Grand Ave
Des Moines   IA   50309
515-348-2148
helen.bisioulis@iowaeda.com
volunteeriowa.org/vista
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 75566


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