AmeriCorps VISTA

Southwest Minnesota State University & Minnesota West Community and Technical College

About the organization

Southwest Minnesota State University prepares students to meet the complex challenges of this century as engaged citizens in their local and global communities. Minnesota West Community and Technical College prepares learners for a lifetime of success. The project goal is to improve health, wellness, & student success of low-income and underrepresented students by increasing students’ access to emergency food and awareness of basic needs resources. This project focuses on increasing health education around food insecurity by expanding partnerships and bringing educational resources to students. This project will work with key current partners and work to establish new partnerships.

Duties

Member Duties: Improve health, wellness, and student success of low-income and underrepresented students by increasing students’ access to emergency food and awareness of basic needs resources in Southwest Minnesota. Increase health education around food insecurity by expanding partnerships and bringing educational resources to low-income students.

1. Identify ways to continue to respond to hunger and basic needs at SMSU through the established Mustang Market, food and resource pantry, and other initiatives. 2. Identify ways to respond to hunger needs at Minnesota West campuses and learning centers. 3. Increase low-income students’ and students of color’s experience of an inclusive campus and community environment by furthering linkages between SMSU, Minnesota West, and the communities served to nutrition access efforts. This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. There are three focus areas, this project being in the Health Corps, which supports sites in long-term approaches to the social determinants of health. This includes meeting low-income student needs and a variety of projects with health-focused community organizations.

Qualifications

Associates Degree
Minimum Age: 18

Salary

$12,500

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Program Benefits: Training, Health Coverage*, Campus dorm and parking included, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Relocation Allowance, Housing, Education award upon successful completion of service, Childcare assistance if eligible.


*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Car recommended.

Service Areas: Education, Hunger, Community Outreach.

Skills: Team Work, Communications, Public Speaking, Community Organization, Public Health, Non-Profit Management, Leadership, Education, General Skills.

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