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*Goodwill VISTA* Ladder to the Moon, Portland
Ladder to the Moon Network’s mission is to raise awareness of the scope of conflicts in Africa in order to shed light on causes of migration to Maine; raise awareness about the considerable economic, linguistic, and cultural challenges African immigrants face here; provide helpful information so newcomers can navigate life in Maine, build stable lives for their families here, and contribute to the well-being of the state. The populations served include immigrants from Africa - a conservative estimate of 15,000 statewide - as well as Maine locals. Our organization helps build bridges between locals and African-born New Mainers by increasing mutual understanding. Ladder to the Moon Network’s programs include publication of the free monthly newspaper Amjambo Africa! Content includes articles on workforce development, on immigrants who are looking for employment, on immigration policy, profiles of individuals who have navigated the transition to Maine successfully, cultural comparisons, articles by youth, articles that explain how our workplaces and financial systems work, how to establish credit, and start to save for the education of children. The paper’s intended audiences are the 15,000 African-born Maine residents, and Maine locals. We distribute to 170 locations state-wide with our physical paper and anticipate doubling readership with our online edition. We distribute to 5 schools as well as three universities. Our aim is to build bridges between communities. Visit
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Member Duties : The AmeriCorps VISTA member will increase our capacity to serve 15,000 immigrants through networking; determining existing information gaps in relation to navigating Maine’s job, housing, and health systems; organizing an annual campaign; creating materials to support capacity building efforts. The member will also recruit and manage volunteers to support our fundraising events and create databases to expand our fundraising efforts. The member will seek out and create content for the Ajambo Africa! Newspaper and our social media feeds to provide information to the local immigrant population as well as the Greater Portland metro population. This is a great opportunity to put your interest in journalism and photography to use by helping build bridges between communities.
Program Benefits : Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Access to organization facilities ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community Outreach ,  Technology . 
Skills :
Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Public Speaking ,  Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Recruitment ,  journalism and/or photography . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

*Goodwill VISTA* Ladder to the Moon, Portland

Program Start/End Date
08/19/2019  -   08/18/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  21    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MAINE  

French, Swahili, Somali as a +

Accepting Applications
From  04/23/2019  To  08/12/2019 

Contact Scott Dupee
190 Lancaster St
Portland   ME   04101
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88570