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Stewards VISTA: Gateway National Recreation Area
Gateway NRA was established in 1972 with the dream of bringing a National Park Service experience to the New York and northeastern New Jersey metropolitan area, with the belief that it would bring a better life to the 25 million people who called this area home. Healthy parks lead to healthier communities and nearly 40 years of research evidence shows access to nearby nature directly contributes to economic growth and development, increased public health, lower crime rates, and improved social capital. In 2018-2019, Gateway was approached by the National Park Foundation (NPF) with an opportunity to improve access for 4th grade students to urban parkland in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. The goal of the NPF Open Outdoors for Kids Focus City Grant Program is to provide pathways for kids to enjoy, understand and connect with nature in exciting ways by facilitating outdoor activity, experiential learning, and cultural heritage exercises. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will alleviate poverty by helping Gateway NRA achieve its education mission, specifically working in three program areas: 1) empowering partners in the Gateway Education Collaborative to deliver exceptional curriculum-based science programming; 2) building programmatic capacity through the development of an Open Outdoors for Kids Education Intern Program; and 3) ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program by forming strong partnerships with the NYC Department of Education, schools, principals, and teachers.
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Member Duties : • Manage Gateway Education Partnership Collaborative o Act as liaison between park and partners in the collaborative o Work with new partners in development of curriculum and coordination of programming o Coordinate professional development opportunities for partners and park staff • Establish partnership with New York City and New Jersey schools and teachers o Establish a Teacher Advisory Committee o Coordinate professional development opportunity for teachers o Develop education marketing plan for Gateway Education Partnership Collaborative • Build the Gateway Education Team (GET) o Recruit, hire, and train education interns through NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and Student Conservation Association o Develop position description for Education Volunteer position, and recruit, hire and train volunteers in this position
Program Benefits : None
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Youth Development ,  Leadership ,  Teaching/Tutoring ,  Environment ,  Team Work ,  Communications ,  Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  General Skills . 
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Stewards VISTA: Gateway National Recreation Area

Program Start/End Date
11/12/2019  -   11/10/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW YORK   New York City (inc. Long Island CT NJ NY)  


Accepting Applications
From  07/18/2019  To  11/12/2019 

Contact Patricia Silva
115 S Kanawha St
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 90740