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College Health Corps, Macalester College
Macalester College is a residential liberal arts college in St. Paul, MN. The college mission of service to society and supporting diversity fuels the well-established Civic Engagement Center. Urban Roots is a longtime community partner with Macalester through their work on food related youth programming in a low-income community. Climate change affects low-income communities the hardest. However, low-income communities are often underrepresented in environmental and sustainability initiatives. We want to change that. This VISTA will start an “Environmental Health” cohort of initially 6 college students who commit to a year-long service effort with Urban Roots. This initiative will connect the dots between public health, environmental justice and poverty reduction. Our VISTA will work to address the issues of hunger and engage a new generation of college students to become empowered to work on equitable environmental health issues. The VISTA will be part of our larger Civic Engagement Center team and thus learn about civic engagement in higher education and community-based work at a nonprofit. The VISTA will have primary responsibility for the recruitment of a culturally diverse student cohort and creating an infrastructure for a dynamic program. ---This project is part of the College Health Corps (CHC) VISTA Program, operated by Minnesota Campus Compact. The CHC increases low-income individuals’ access to health care, health education, food, and basic needs through capacity building projects, including partnerships between higher education and community based organizations. Professional development focuses on health equity, the social determinants of health, and effective partnership development. --- ***Please also send cover letter and resume to supervisor . Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference given to candidates who apply early.***
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Member Duties : The VISTA will develop an “Environmental Health Cohort” made up of low-income, underrepresented college students that works with “Urban Roots” and low-income communities to address climate change issues related to food insecurity, healthy food access for personal and community health, and works to reduce the burden poverty puts on food access. The VISTA will develop clear roles, preparation and support for students in the cohort to address food insecurity, climate change issues and reduce poverty in the surrounding community. The VISTA will also develop trainings and reflection sessions for students in the cohort to be successful in their roles, as well as create systems and processes to document the activities and efforts of the cohort and use the data to evaluate the success of the program.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Education ,  Environment ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Teaching/Tutoring ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

College Health Corps, Macalester College

Program Start/End Date
09/03/2019  -   09/01/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  07/15/2019  To  08/16/2019 

Contact Karin Trail-Johnson
Macalester College, Cec
Saint Paul   MN   55105
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 86927