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Opportunity Council – WIHS Elder Volunteer Program VISTA YR1
Whatcom Intergenerational High School is a new innovative high school. We are rooted in equity and committed to ensuring underserved and low-income students get access to an experiential, rigorous and student-centered education through Phenomenon-based and Intergenerational Learning. Learners at WIHS investigate problems and curiosities from multiple perspectives and vantage points in real contexts and are supported by elders and Traditional Providers. In order to successfully implement intergenerational learning, we need to develop intergenerational learning curriculum, recruit and train elders and evaluate elder programming. Elders will support student learning through community circles, discussing High School and Beyond Plans, and participating with students in Phenomenon-based learning enrichment activities and tutoring. The WIHS Elder Volunteer Project will be designed to support low income youth, Latinx and Indigenous youth in gaining the academic, social and cultural support needed for success in H.S. and college. The VISTA member will be a critical part of the WIHS team in developing curriculum, evaluating elder programs, developing an elder recruitment plan, evaluating elder programming and seeking funds to ensure that the WIHS Elder Project is sustainable long-term. Elders and Traditional Providers are a critical component in helping students to develop the dispositions and competencies to become financially independent and establish meaningful relationships to better themselves, their families and communities. The Opportunity Council VISTA Cohort in Bellingham includes monthly team meetings, Professional Development opportunities, fun team-building events, and 4 annual Days of Service.
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Member Duties : You will help WIHS students develop the dispositions and competencies needed for securing a financially secure, meaningful and fulfilling future through the development of the WIHS Volunteer Elder Project. 1. Through researching program evaluations used in volunteer programs that work toward an anti-poverty impact, develop an evaluation plan that demonstrates the outcomes of WIHS Elder Program. 2. Develop a training plan and process for elders so that they acquire the understanding and skills they need to work with students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. 3. Develop a long-term recruitment plan and pipeline for recruiting elders who will support students who are economically disadvantaged. 4. Develop a long-term fundraising strategy to ensure sustainability of intergenerational learning at WIHS. The VISTA member will help students exit poverty by increasing high school graduation rates and college acceptance for low-income students by developing the elder program.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Education ,  Tribal ,  Children/Youth . 
Skills :
Computers/Technology ,  Team Work ,  Writing/Editing ,  Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Recruitment ,  Education ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  organizing and planning skills ,  Conflict Resolution . 
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Opportunity Council – WIHS Elder Volunteer Program VISTA YR1

Program Start/End Date
08/31/2020  -   08/30/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations WASHINGTON  

Accepting Applications
From  05/13/2020  To  07/20/2020 

Contact Naomi Siegel
1111 Cornwall Ave
Bellingham   WA   98225
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 96214