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culture is not optional: Growing Imagination in a Rural City
*culture is not optional runs the Huss Project, a former elementary school in Three Rivers, Michigan, that is being transformed into a community center that seeks to grow our rural city’s capacity for imagination. We currently run an urban farm that distributes produce to neighbors who don’t have access to fresh food, host a summer lunch program for school-aged kids, and celebrate our community’s creativity at an annual festival that draws over 1,200 attendees. We partner closely with many local businesses and farmers to meet community needs. This summer, we’ll open the Imaginarium, a stunning new public space at the Huss Project that will facilitate new year-round partnerships and programs. VISTAs will join our volunteer staff at this critical juncture to map assets in our community, to strengthen existing partnerships, to foster new partnerships, and to design new programs that will structurally change the way we approach poverty in our city. Our goals are to increase educational achievement—particularly for marginalized, at-risk youth in our school district who disproportionately live in the Huss neighborhood—to build a sustainable food system accessible by all in our city, and to grow economic opportunities for our neighbors. We offer reduced-cost housing at our community house for VISTA members. We will be selecting three members to join our work in Three Rivers.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : We’re looking for compassionate, collaborative, innovative, and detail oriented folks to join our community! *culture is not optional operates out of an emergent strategy model, wherein the changes we experience while working alongside neighbors and researching our context consistently shape next steps. This model allows for more flexibility in identifying assets and greater nimbleness to respond in real-time. Given this model, VISTAs will initially support existing programs through volunteer recruitment, listening to and learning about the community, engaging neighbors, and communicating with existing partners. VISTAs will then map community assets to identify next steps to design programs with neighbors and community partners to increase educational achievement, to build a sustainable food system, and to grow economic opportunities for our neighbors. Together, we can grow our city’s capacity for imagining new possibilities for itself!
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Housing ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Hunger . 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Fine Arts/Crafts ,  Trade/Construction ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Education ,  Recruitment ,  Youth Development ,  Teaching/Tutoring . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

culture is not optional: Growing Imagination in a Rural City

Program Start/End Date
05/13/2019  -   05/11/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MICHIGAN  


Accepting Applications
From  02/07/2019  To  04/15/2019 

Contact Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma
PO Box 1
Three Rivers   MI   49093
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 86086