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San Jose Public Library VISTA
The San José Public Library (SJPL) develops and provides programs that spark public interest and encourage customers of all ages to explore and utilize library resources. Working in partnership with non-profit service providers and local school districts, the Library has found that significant deficits in learning are rooted in a lack of effective programs that ensure children start school prepared to learn at program and grade level. San José is a city of two Valleys. While physically located in one of the wealthiest regions in the nation, Silicon Valley, over 30% of Santa Clara Valley families live in areas of persistent and concentrated poverty. Children who are low-income, Latino, or African-American are at a significant disadvantage. While exceptionally diverse (residents are 34% Asian, 33% Hispanic/Latino, 27% White and 6% Other, and speak more than 50 different languages), City services need more targeted, culturally competent community outreach programs and trainings. Under the supervision of a Library staff member, the SJPL VISTA will expand Library program capacity by gathering knowledge and feedback from community members, evaluating and marketing current programs, developing engagement through volunteer service and community partnerships, and increasing program visibility on social media. Working at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, VISTA fellows have an opportunity to build local connections and ensure that branch programs and resources address critical community needs. VISTAs will develop program services through the Library's Early Education Unit.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : SJPL VISTAs will have two main duties. First, they will evaluate and assess current library programs for cultural and linguistic relevancy by gathering public knowledge to identify community needs and outreach opportunities. They will use community profiles and input to identify opportunities for new or expanded Library programs. Under the supervision of Library staff, they will develop and present a Community Needs White Paper based on their findings. Second, VISTAs will work with Library staff to increase the capacity of Library programs by developing and implementing a Program Development plan that will include marketing and promoting Library programs, identifying community partnerships and grant opportunities, and recruiting and training Library volunteers.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Living Allowance ,  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 :
Homelessness ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education ,  Hunger ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Recruitment ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Education ,  General Skills ,  Communications ,  Public Speaking ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development . 
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San Jose Public Library VISTA

Program Start/End Date
02/19/2019  -   02/18/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations CALIFORNIA   San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose  


Accepting Applications
From  09/14/2018  To  01/17/2019 

Contact Jason Pell
150 E San Fernando St
San Jose   CA   95112
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 84057