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*MTCC VISTA- Missoula Writing Collaborative
Montana youth face a variety of challenges. According to a 2016 report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Montana has the highest suicide rate in the nation. Among Montana youth ages 11-17, the rate of suicide is more than twice the national average (as reported by Montana DPHHS). While economic conditions in Montana have improved slightly, poverty is still rampant: 10.6 percent among white populations and 34 percent among American Indian populations. High school graduation rates rose to an overall 85.8 percent, but the rates vary considerably among different populations: whites graduate at a rate of 94 percent, low-income students at 76.6 percent, and American Indians at just 69.4 percent. Creative writing is often an alternative way for students to experience academic success. Students become passionate as they write poems about princesses or bicycle jumps, a friend who has passed away, or a mistake they've made. They learn to harness literary techniques such as metaphor, simile, descriptive details, music and rhythm to tell their stories. This passion to communicate helps them make sense of other more academic concerns such as grammar, spelling, even handwriting because they want to tell their stories. Students who come from low-income families typically suffer from chronic stress, which research has indicated can impair cognitive function and emotional regulation. These neurological effects contribute to lowered rates of academic success among low-income students, damaging children’s sense of self-worth. Research has indicated that creative programs can mitigate some of the negative neurological effects of poverty by reducing levels of stress hormones in the brain.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will generate funds to support the writing program curriculum, staff, research, and outreach. The VISTA will also engage in grant-writing and apply for grants such as M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust’s “Program and Staff Grant,” which would create funding for a new position for the writing program. The VISTA will meet with potential community partners to document needs of incarcerated students, maintaining lines of communication as needs evolve and/or change, Develop methods of measuring creative writing program impact, Recruit at least 10 volunteers from the University of Montana and the Missoula community, Develop volunteer training materials, focusing learning objectives on creative writing and creative expression, Recruit at least 15 interns from the University of Montana and Missoula community.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Youth Development ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Education . 
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*MTCC VISTA- Missoula Writing Collaborative

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/18/2019  To  12/31/2019 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88456