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*Goodwill VISTA* Operation Breaking Stereotypes, Orono
The mission of Operation Breaking Stereotypes (OBS), a nonprofit and grassroots exchange program for low-income middle level and high school students in Maine, is to help students overcome the economic and cultural isolation of their communities so they can identify and challenge misconceptions and barriers that may exist within their schools, families and communities. Prior to the exchange, each group of students studies cultural and socio-economic information about the area and the people whom they will visit. The exchanges involve initially day and then overnight visits to each host community where students stay with families, attend school, and present to the communities about their experience through a social and economic justice lens. Connecting students living in poverty as they begin to form ideas about the world allows them to break the boundaries of economic and cultural isolation and view themselves as citizens who overcome barriers created by socio-economically embedded stereotypes. In an accessible format of cohort preparation followed by visits to each cohort’s community, OBS provides opportunities for students to bridge the gap that economic isolation breeds as they gain understanding and take actions to promote economic and cultural equity and justice. While many programs attempt to build understanding and connections across international lines, OBS promotes understanding of differences within our own country between students who may not have the resources or time to commit to more expensive or longer programs. We reach the students who are least likely to move beyond their neighborhood to a greater understanding of “the other.” Please read our student testimonials at
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Member Duties : One of the tasks the AmeriCorps VISTA member would be to organize, edit, and publish books of stories and testimonials of the project, both hard copy and online. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will tackle the significant amount of curriculum we have and help organize it into a useful and accessible format. For every exchange, there are many details -- food, transportation, housing - to address. Also, to help the member understand all of the above components, they will attend school visits with the OBS director and meet students involved in the OBS cohorts at each school. Additionally, the member will research each community involved with OBS in order for OBS to inform the students about the socioeconomic make-up of their communities as they move forward to address inequities. Finally, because we are an organization that needs grant money and fiscal support from others to expand our programming, the AmeriCorps VISTA member will help research and write grants and draft fund-raising appeals.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Access to organization facilities ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Stipend ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Research ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Education . 
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*Goodwill VISTA* Operation Breaking Stereotypes, Orono

Program Start/End Date
08/19/2019  -   08/17/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  21    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MAINE  

Accepting Applications
From  04/09/2019  To  12/30/2019 

Contact Scott Dupee
190 Lancaster St
Portland   ME   04101
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88005