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*MTCC VISTA- Racial Equity Project
According to the 2017 YWCA Missoula Racial Equity Report, “the lack of diversity in Montana and little support for people of color has an impact on their experience.” The report goes on to say, that “disparities in education, whether in the lack of school supplies, text books, program funding, or suspensions, have correlated with poverty, less economic mobility, and a lower likelihood of obtaining an advanced degree.” MTREP’s VISTA project will help minority students across the state of Montana gain support and resources necessary to maintain school attendance, obtain their high school diplomas and go onto higher education. Studies show that racial/ethnic disparities in educational achievement and attainment are partially explained by the effects of race-based stressors, such as stereotype threat and perceived discrimination, on psychological and biological responses to stress, which, in turn, impact cognitive functioning and academic performance. Additionally, the persistence of prejudice and violence within schools negatively impacts student mental health, esteem, and academic performance. According to the 2017 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 42.6% of Native American students felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities (compared to 29.3% white students). 28.2% of Native American students seriously considered attempting suicide (versus 19.6% of white students). The VISTA will build programming to educate low- and very-low income, minority students in high school and middle school, their parents/guardians, and teachers and faculty on racial literacy to create a safe space for students to achieve educational success and graduate high school.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will support the year-old Black Student Union and the various Native American clubs on the Montana State University campus by listening and learning about their needs for academic success and stability and helping to develop methods by which MTREP can help support them and the same with MTREP’s new QTYOC listening and learning tour for middle- thru college-age youth.The VISTA will attend all BSU/MSU meetings and Indigenous student clubs as invited, Listen and learn from the students their needs and desires for leadership training to begin the spring semester, Develop fall and spring semester Black Leadership development curriculum for BSU/MSU students to educate and support student success in school, Research youth leadership programming models for both classroom and on-the-job (so-to-speak) event planning and execution, Coordinate interviews of BSU/MSU students to help inform content of Black Leadership curriculum, Execute Leadership curriculum.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Team Work ,  Youth Development ,  Education . 
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*MTCC VISTA- Racial Equity Project

Program Start/End Date
07/20/2020  -   07/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/02/2020  To  08/31/2020 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88457