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*MTCC VISTA- The Literacy Center of Northwest Montana
 
 
 
The National Center of Education Statistics estimates that 8% of the people in the Flathead County lack basic prose literacy skills. We distribute books to 15 agencies in the community that serve low income children, individuals and families and around 40 low income individuals have been attending Plates and Play. Children with parents that have low literacy skills have a 72% chance of having low reading levels themselves. Continuing the Literacy Center and it's projects will help the low income families increase their literacy skills. The Literacy Center’s offices are located at the Gateway Community Center which is within a two block radius of five large low-income subsidized apartment complexes. The children and youth living in these apartment complexes attend Russell, Elrod, and Peterson Elementary Schools in School District #5. At each of these elementary schools a large percentage of the student population is eligible for free and reduced lunch; with 68.63% at Russell, 66.21% at Elrod, and 65.60% at Peterson. The Literacy Center is developing programs that will specifically target children and youth in these low to moderate income neighborhoods. Providing local children and youth with educational literacy programs will increase academic performance among low-income students, which will reduce poverty through increased graduation rates and academic success.
 
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Member Duties : The VISTA will continue with the Plates and Play Program (Best Beginnings Collaboration). They will continue to establish a used Book Shoppe, recruit volunteers for the shoppe and help with the opening of the shoppe. They will further the Dress For Success program by recruiting volunteers, organizing a system for the program and doing community outreach for women who are in need of the Dress For Success program. The VISTA will expand the No Kid Hungry program by bringing more activities for low income children onsite while they get a free lunch; engage the community by having volunteers read to the children, invite city-county dignitaries to come and have lunch with the children. Furthermore, the VISTA will recruit more volunteers for the Literacy Center programs that are already established and ones that they will help develop. The VISTA will also assist with grant writing, fundraising and volunteer recruitment.
 
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Children/Youth . 
 
Skills :
Writing/Editing ,  Education ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Youth Development ,  Recruitment . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
*MTCC VISTA- The Literacy Center of Northwest Montana

Program Start/End Date
07/08/2019  -   07/06/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  05/06/2019  To  06/07/2019 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
4062432379
foster@mtcompact.org
www.mtcompact.org/
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 89021


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