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Stewards VISTA: Stream Team Action Management Project
 
 
 
Stream Team Action Management Project (STAMP) will educate kids and community volunteers about issues in their watersheds and provide the tools to implement positive actions to restore their watersheds. The overall focus will be to build capacity to increase environmental and watershed awareness and increase community engagement to empower Stream Teams/community members. Through these efforts, we hope to put in place a structure for positive actions directed at problems discovered in area watersheds. Improved waterways through local action will also improve health and education for the community, thereby reducing poverty. Our goal is to increase organizational capacity by creating systems including Stream Team education, training, and volunteer action while also improving volunteer communication/ organizational system. Volunteers are essential to grassroots community action and this project will help us focus on supporting our volunteers better! We also hope to expand our outreach to communities and schools to engage more volunteers in stream team actions by adopting their favorite sections of streams. We envision this outreach will be to a very wide segment of the population from schools to hikers to fisher folk, so not only those who need introduced to their waterways, but also those who love the water and only need a way to get involved. In addition, a focus on the increase youth training for students at high poverty schools will be pursued. While direct engagement of these students is meaningful, having older students who have graduated from these schools as leaders will be an incredibly effective way to empower young people. We will create a Youth Environmental Leadership Organization (YELO) to engage older youth to be the leaders of environmental actions by the younger students. We expect this increased awareness will create momentum in funding through grants, sponsorships and events to support STEAM and YELO.
 
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Member Duties : Build capacity through training and volunteer management as well as community outreach to garner both financial and volunteer support. VISTA will help evaluate local watershed needs and create a guide to local streams for watershed action projects. Will also create training and action guide for volunteer teams (Stream Teams). Create presentation materials for schools and community groups, work with communities to engage new groups and provide their training. The VISTA will work with groups to initiate action projects in their watersheds, particularly focused on abandoned mine lands but also including action and restoration projects in other areas. Organize and create framework for Youth Environmental Leadership Organization (YELO) and get it started. Engage YELO to help train students at high poverty schools. Increase awareness through tabling at events and doing presentations. Research and apply for local grants and other fundraising to support efforts.
 
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Environment ,  Recruitment ,  Public Speaking ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  First Aid . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
Stewards VISTA: Stream Team Action Management Project

Program Start/End Date
06/10/2019  -   06/09/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TENNESSEE  

Languages
Spanish
English

Accepting Applications
From  03/13/2019  To  05/17/2019 

Contact Ryan Tant
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
304-860-5073
rtant@conservationlegacy.org
stewardslegacy.org/join
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 86986


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