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Drexel University Building Healthy Communities
The City of Philadelphia was selected as one of three cities for a Promise Zone designation by the Obama Administration. Led by the White House, with support from U.S Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, U.S Dept. of Agriculture, U.S Dept. of Justice, and the U.S Dept. of Education, the Promise Zone Initiative involves local leaders to boost economic activity and job growth, improve educational opportunities, reduce crime and leverage private investment to improve the quality of life in federally selected communities. The target area of the Promise Zone locally is roughly two square miles in West Philadelphia; it includes 35,315 residents with an overall poverty rate of 50.78%, nearly double the city’s rate of 26.9%. The VISTA member will work to help improve the health and wellbeing of residents by engaging community leaders, stakeholders, local agencies and businesses, and residents to develop and implement community driven, culturally appropriate and sustainable health initiatives and programs. The goal is to develop implement community-driven, culturally appropriate, and sustainable health initiatives and programs for the residents in the Promise Zone communities that can be piloted, evaluated and sustained long after the VISTA member has completed their service.
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Member Duties : The member tasks and activities will include: 1. Develop and distribute fliers for community meetings and focus groups, as well as other outreach materials. 2. Other activities to assist with the development of health and wellness programs for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone communities. 3. Assist with schedule and facilitate community focus groups. 4. Assist with recruitment for community resident participation in the project. 5. Research and develop funding resources to ensure project sustainability through grant funding. 6. Write and submit grant proposals. 7. Develop relationships and partnerships within the community as needed to ensure different constituencies within the neighborhood are involved. 8. Maintain a network of volunteers. 9. Data collection and analysis and report writing.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Housing ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Environment ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Public Health ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Leadership . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Drexel University Building Healthy Communities

Program Start/End Date
07/30/2018  -   08/01/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  03/15/2018  To  06/05/2018 

Contact Christine Simon
1500 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19102
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79146