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Open Door Learning Center - Student/Volunteer Outreach (MLC)
MN Literacy Council is a leader in Adult Basic Education. At our 6 learning centers, we provide over 240,000 hours of instruction annually. Although the VISTA member’s work will ultimately be utilized at all 6 Open Door Learning Centers, they will primarily serve at Open Door Learning Center-Northeast in Minneapolis, which serves adults seeking English and computer skills. Most students are immigrants and refugees and qualify as low income. The center and surrounding community are richly diverse; our learning center serves students from 39 countries. The majority of learners are between ages 25-44. Recruitment and retention of new students and volunteers ebbs and flows despite consistent staff effort. Currently over 33% of learners who enroll attend less than twelve hours of programming. This year, student contact hours at our learning centers have decreased by 8%. This is a result of site moves and the decrease in refugee arrivals. As a response, we aim to increase, retain, and support student contact hours at all sites through outreach and retention strategies. The VISTA will develop a comprehensive outreach plan for recruiting new learners and volunteers for new and existing Open Door Learning Center sites. Through this process they will develop skills around recruitment, communications and leadership. The VISTA will serve as a member of our Diversity and Inclusion committee and help us consider how all levels of our organization can reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. As a result, we will be able to serve more adult learners in the Twin Cities and build our capacity to create pathways to opportunities within our organization for learners we serve. Additionally, VISTA will analyze program trends and help us develop and implement tools that will move us to the next level of retention and recruitment. Position is part of MN Literacy Council AmeriCorps VISTA cohort.
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Member Duties : 1)Research and observe recruitment and retention best practices. 2)Develop, enhance and pilot strategies and develop tools to increase student recruitment and retention following site move. 3)Strengthen recruitment by expanding outreach resources and methods for new and existing sites. 4)Document and assess successes. 5)Create and pilot student volunteer and/or intern positions. 6) Improve community partnerships. 7)Share best practices with staff. Benefits: Build marketing, communications, and public relations skills; Learn more about literacy-related issues in the Twin Cities; Develop grassroots organizing and outreach skills; Participate in workshops and trainings offered by MN Literacy Council. Preferred qualifications: Experience with ABE programming; Teaching/Tutoring; Working with diverse communities; Organizing. MN Literacy Council fosters an organizational culture that is welcoming and inclusive to all.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Healthcare allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Education . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Social Services ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  Recruitment . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Open Door Learning Center - Student/Volunteer Outreach (MLC)

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  

Accepting Applications
From  10/02/2017  To  11/02/2017 

Contact Leah Hauge
700 Raymond Ave
Saint Paul   MN   55114
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 77004