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Stewards VISTA: Jersey City
The Project Green Time initiative seeks to provide the children of Jersey City with equitable access to nature. As a large, urban community, the residents of Jersey City face socioeconomic barriers prohibiting children’s ability to access the outdoors on a regular basis. As led by Jersey City’s Office of Innovation, this project will work with community stakeholders and the Jersey City Board of Education in order to implement programming that remedies this critical issue. As part of this project, one elementary school within the Jersey City Public School District will transform a space into a green schoolyard, which in turn will be supported by newly designed curriculum teaching and encouraging students to interact with the natural environment. The first school chosen will be a pilot program for a larger, future green schoolyard initiative. Parallel to the educational aspect of this project, the Office of Innovation will engage with the community in order to determine neighborhood specific issues that are responsible for children’s lack of time spent outdoors. Jersey City’s green network will also be assessed as part of this effort in order to identify specific areas within the community where outdoor, natural space is lacking. New and expanded community programming will be designed and implemented in order to mitigate location specific barriers.
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Member Duties : The selected VISTA will be an integral part of Project Green Time. The VISTA will conduct research on topics relating to Project Green Time, including best practices for connecting children to nature; incorporation of nature in urban landscapes; educational programs for environmental stewardship for children; and innovative infrastructure in green spaces. The VISTA will also assist in designing the green schoolyard and its associated curriculum and educational materials. Complementing these educational efforts, the VISTA will assist the community outreach with residents and stakeholders through social media, presentations, and community forums. In order to make the project sustainable, the VISTA will assist with the submission of grant application and reporting for all awarded funds.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Environment ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Children/Youth ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Education ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Community Engagement ,  Computers/Technology ,  Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Communications ,  Leadership ,  General Skills ,  Team Work ,  Public Speaking . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Stewards VISTA: Jersey City

Program Start/End Date
11/14/2019  -   11/12/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

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

Accepting Applications
From  08/20/2019  To  10/11/2019 

Contact John-Michael Aurednik
PO Box 5534
Beckley   WV   25801
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 91429