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Austin- Communities In Schools Alumni Network VISTA OneStar
In 2017, we started an alumni program for former students in the Communities In Schools (CIS) program. When an at-risk youth living in poverty graduate from high school, they also graduate from CIS programming. After graduating high school, these vulnerable young people don’t suddenly have all the answers, have a safety net, and have a plan for success. The CIS Alumni Group is a program to provide additional support post-graduation. Being a first-generation college student is one of the most often cited predictors of higher education failure. Data from the Pell Institute in 2011 demonstrates that "54% of first generation students were financially on their own, while only 27% of non-first generation students had full financial responsibility for themselves." National Center for Education Statistics data shows that only 11 percent of low-income, first-generation students graduated within six years of starting. And less than one-quarter of first-generation students overall earn their way to a bachelor’s degree, compared to 68 percent of their non-first-gen peers. The CIS Alumni Network is meant to give young people who grew up in poverty and under challenging circumstances the extra support system they need to achieve in life.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will serve to help young people who grew up in poverty and received services from CIS be successful in college and career by providing additional supports after graduation through an alumni program. The VISTA will assess the needs of graduating high school students and identify what resources are available to them by interviewing current students, recent graduates, and CIS staff. Based on these findings, the VISTA will develop a resource data base matching high school graduates with current community resources. Through this work, the VISTA will develop partnerships with community organizations who support at-risk youth and build awareness through a multi-media communications plan.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Leadership ,  Youth Development ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Community Organization ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Social Services ,  Team Work . 
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Austin- Communities In Schools Alumni Network VISTA OneStar

Program Start/End Date
01/22/2019  -   01/22/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS  

Accepting Applications
From  10/15/2018  To  12/28/2018 

Contact Debra Joiner
3000 S Interstate 35
Austin   TX   78704
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 84659