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Starts Right Here VISTA Project
REGIONALLY IN THE DES MOINES AREA WE ARE FACED WITH SEVERAL CONCERNS...Single Parent Families, The Breakdown of the Family Unit, Mental Health Issues / Trauma, Lack of Financial / Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Challenges in Educational Math & Reading Proficiency Healthy Role Modeled Relationships, Growing Teen Violence/ Juvenile Delinquent Behaviors, Generational and Cyclical Dysfunctional Patterns in Families, With Community Concerns such as these, there comes a leadership standard raised up to tackle these dilemmas with other community stakeholders. That Movement we believe is STARTS RIGHT HERE. For more information High School dropout rates are significantly higher for youth who are of low socioeconomic status, African American, Hispanic, or Multi-racial. These youth are at risk of homelessness, violence to themselves or others, and without education likely unsuccessful with maintaining employment. At-risk youth in Polk County often choose "the streets" due to lack of resources, support such as family and positive role models. Also, according to a study from the Polk County Juvenile Justice System, African-American youth arrest rate is 6.2 times higher than that of white youth. This creates even stronger barriers for at-risk youth to be successful. Start’s Right Here mission is to encourage and educate young people living in disadvantaged and oppressive circumstances using the arts, entertainment, hip hop, music, programs, and a variety of other methods with the objective of breaking down the barriers of fear, intimidation and other damaging factors leading to a sense of being disenfranchised, forgotten, and rejected.
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Member Duties : The VISTA Coordinator with the Starts Right Here organization will develop policies and procedures to support the infrastructure of the organization so that safe place for at-risk youth to receive support. The VISTA Coordinator will develop programming such as tutoring, mentoring, financial literacy, employment skill-based training, and other social programming to support at-risk youth. Additionally, the VISTA project will focus on developing infrastructure for volunteer management, and fundraising and grants management.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Community Outreach ,  Tribal . 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Communications ,  Counseling ,  Youth Development ,  Computers/Technology ,  Recruitment ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Leadership ,  Writing/Editing . 
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Starts Right Here VISTA Project

Program Start/End Date
12/07/2020  -   12/06/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations IOWA  

Accepting Applications
From  06/23/2020  To  11/09/2020 

Contact Mikala Williams-Yee
1963 Bell Ave
Des Moines   IA   50315
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 96642