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Environmental Justice Community Organizer -Lafayette, LA
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please feel free to reach out directly to the program contact listed. This project will focus on the 21 designated Opportunity Zones within the region that is served by the Acadiana Planning Commission (APC). The Acadiana Planning Commission partners with the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide region-wide strategic economic development planning. The VISTA will have the opportunity to focus on up to two individual communities to build economic development capacity and increase public participation in the economic redevelopment of distressed communities that have been designated as Opportunity Zones. The VISTA will work with their communities to identify economic development needs and resources to meet those needs in an effort to attract higher-paying jobs and other opportunities. The overall goal is to build capacity in rural and urban, economically distressed communities, to alleviate poverty, to reduce unemployment, and to provide a better quality of life. This project is sponsored by the Austin Regional Office (AURO) of the Economic Development Administration (EDA), and will be directly supervised by the Acadiana Planning Commission in Lafayette, LA. The overall EDA Mission is "to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy."
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : VISTA’s will work directly with community leaders, stakeholders, and residents to gather in-depth information about their community and identify local economic development needs to help create jobs and improve quality of life in economically distressed communities. Over the course of the service, the VISTA will partner with the community to problem-solve, recommend economic redevelopment activities for potential catalyst projects, and identify potential resources and opportunities for collaboration with these communities. The economic development capacity built by the VISTA will provide the communities, with which the VISTA will be working, the tools to build job opportunities for community members, insure a healthier and safer living environment, and improve quality of life.
Program Benefits : Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Entrepreneur/Business ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Neighborhood Revitalization . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Team Work ,  General Skills ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Public Speaking ,  Environment ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Communications ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Computers/Technology . 
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Environmental Justice Community Organizer -Lafayette, LA

Program Start/End Date
01/21/2020  -   01/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Associates degree (AA)

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations LOUISIANA  


Accepting Applications
From  09/09/2019  To  01/13/2020 

Contact Chad LaComb
101 Jefferson Blvd
Lafayette   LA   70501
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 91675