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Stewards VISTA: Schuylkill River Valley Community Initiative
Schuylkill River Greenway Association, the managing entity of the Schuylkill River Greenways (SRG) Heritage Area, provides a vision for a vibrant region connecting residents, visitors and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement and economic development to foster stewardship of the watershed and its heritage. SRGA’s regional focus is in five counties of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area including Montgomery, Chester, Berks, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill. The VISTA will primarily be serving needs concerning youth unemployment, youth poverty, and health in Schuylkill County, PA. To address these issues, the VISTA will develop a Conservation Corps, a youth employment program designed to expand the Schuylkill River Trail. The VISTA will also develop funding and support for community gardening projects in communities where fresh food access is limited. The VISTA will provide support to schools participating in Project SOLO (Schuylkill Outdoor Leadership Odyssey), an environmental education and mentorship initiative led by SRG's past VISTAs. Finally, the VISTA will hold volunteer events to maintain a Pollinator Garden.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will refine project goals and objectives, cost projections and assist the Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps (GAVCC) in sustaining a corps program in Pennsylvania. In tandem with leading the GAVCC to complete trail segments, the VISTA will also assist with recruiting Adopt-a-Trail and Sponsor-a-Trail partners for newly completed Schuylkill River Trail segments. The VISTA will work with a local community foundation to create a community gardening grant program while assisting a community non-profit with outreach strategies that will raise residents’ awareness and interest in community garden and nutrition projects. The VISTA will additionally provide technical assistance to schools and other VISTA members involved in Project SOLO, including venue recruitment, scheduling mentors and field trip programming, and coaching speakers.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible . 
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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 and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Speaking ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Writing/Editing . 
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Stewards VISTA: Schuylkill River Valley Community Initiative

Program Start/End Date
03/18/2019  -   03/17/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  


Accepting Applications
From  12/19/2018  To  02/22/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 85454