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Founded in 2001, KidsSmiles provides critical access to dental care for over 18,000 low-income children each year at two dental centers located in Southwest Philadelphia and West Philadelphia. Philadelphia has the highest child poverty rate among the nation’s 25 most populous counties. The majority of Philadelphia children (56%) are enrolled in Medical Assistance while 3% of children have no insurance coverage at all. The majority of KidsSmiles patients (87%) are insured by Medicaid and CHIP, or they are uninsured. The Outreach and Education program sends educational and clinical staff into local community locations to help bring awareness and importance of oral health. When this program takes place at a school, the students are also being given free dental screenings. When this program began, 59% of all children screened had visible decay in their mouths. After years of returning to these same schools and providing the children with the necessary tools and resources Kids Smiles are seeing results as low as 19% visible decay. Working with the Outreach and Education program to develop new innovative partnerships with community organizations, the VISTA member will help increase the number of children served and connected to oral health education. A key component of the outreach expansion will include partnerships with Early Head Start programs to reach young parents with at-risk infants and toddlers. The VISTA will be working in KidsSmiles main office located in Blue Bell, PA. You may need to travel between sites so a personal vehicle is recommended.
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Member Duties : The member tasks and activities will include: 1. Develop assessment tools and criteria to evaluate Kids Smiles programs. 2. Analyze data to establish baseline program results. 3. Identify new potential funding sources to help fund these programs. 4. Assist the Development Department in grant writing. 5. Assist the Development Department in marketing/communications and event planning. 6. Recruit Volunteers. 7. Report to Development and Operations Departments weekly. 8. Attend applicable community meetings. 9. Attend applicable development meetings. 10. Capable of independent travel between 4 locations throughout Philadelphia. 11. Plan community events at dental clinics on a seasonal basis.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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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 ,  Children/Youth ,  Health . 
Skills :
Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Health ,  Team Work ,  General Skills . 
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Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA


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  03/22/2018  To  06/01/2018 

Contact Christine Simon
1500 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19102
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 79283