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VISTA Volunteer & Alumni Coordinator - Explore Austin
Explore Austin teams low-income, minority youth (Explorers) with caring and committed adult Mentors for a six-year journey, using the outdoors as a classroom to teach youth leadership. Explore Austin believes that through the support of a dedicated mentor and exposure to profound outdoor adventure, adolescents are provided with the conditions they need to develop life skills, such as grit, persistence, and optimism. Youth enter Explore Austin as sixth graders and become a part of a 20-member team: 5 Mentors and 15 Explorers. We currently serve 300 at-risk youth, who represent some of the most underserved areas of Austin, and 100 Mentors. Our program is delivered via two main activities: Saturday Challenges and Summer Wilderness Trips. Saturday Challenges: Nine 6-hour outings each year connect Explorers to local outdoor activities and learning experiences. Explorers learn to canoe, rock climb, mountain bike, and backpack, in addition to discussing social and emotional developmental topics with Mentors. Summer Wilderness Trips: Each year Explorers and Mentors embark on challenging week-long adventures in the wild backcountry's of Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. Shared challenges fortify bonds and trust, while Mentors translate the ever-present teachable moments of the outdoors into life lessons such as success and failure, teamwork, self-sufficiency, goal setting, and problem-solving. Unlike other mentor programs that last for shorter periods of time, Explore Austin serves youth for six years. Explorers and Mentors have demonstrated their dedication through high retention rates over the past 10 years. In 2017, Explorers received 59,940 hours of mentoring and travelled a collective 11,280 miles during their Summer Wilderness Trips.
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Member Duties : The VISTA will assist with: analysis of current volunteer recruitment system & develop new recruitment strategies to meet strategic goals; Create a sustainable system for yr-round volunteer recruitment; Manage social media platforms for our vol. community & developing vol. resources for our website; Vol. & alumni communication & database tracking; Establish a calendar of engagement events & help organize & coordinate vol. events & trainings such as lunch & learns & our annual mentor training summit; Managing our alumni network. The VISTA is expected to: Work closely w/ & synthesize expectations from Executive, Program & Development staff in order to create the best possible processes & tools to achieve goals for all departments; Work a schedule aligning w/ our Programs team from Tues-Sat & Sundays as needed (Tues.-Fri. 9-5; Weekend hrs vary) **Ability to work in a variety of weather outdoors including the ability to lift 40 lbs.** Bilingual Spanish/English preferred**
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Service Areas :
Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Communications ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  videography, web design ,  Team Work . 
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VISTA Volunteer & Alumni Coordinator - Explore Austin

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

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations TEXAS  

Accepting Applications
From  09/18/2019  To  12/13/2019 

Contact Courtney Salcedo
1111 W 24th St
Austin   TX   78705
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 91828