About the organization
Hamline University’s mission is to create a diverse and collaborative community of learners dedicated to the development of students' knowledge, values, and skills for successful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service. Hamline community is driven by that same spirit, brought to life in the words of John Wesley: "Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can." Hamline provides a college experience that transforms students of all backgrounds into the leaders they were born to be. Approximately 41 percent of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college, and 36 percent of the student body is eligible for federal Pell grants. Hamline strives to provide a high-quality education that will empower all students to achieve their life goals.
Member Duties: The goal of this project is to increase low-income students’ academic performance and persistence to degree by enhancing their access to affordable, nutritious, & culturally-appropriate foods. Providing the necessary basic resources will create an environment where they’re more likely to succeed in college and move students out of poverty. The VISTA will work in collaboration with stakeholders from across the University to conduct a needs assessment of students; carry out a multimedia approach to inform low-income students about the various resources they may access in order to address their food insecurity and launch an awareness campaign for the greater Hamline community regarding food insecurity and poverty in our community.
This VISTA position will be at the center of the coordinated efforts to support low-income students around issues of food access on our campus and with community partners. 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.
Contact email: [email protected]
Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Training, Education award upon successful completion of service, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Living Allowance, Health Coverage*, 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.
Service Areas: Education, Health, Hunger.
Skills: Public Speaking, Education, Communications, Leadership, Community Organization, Fundraising/Grant Writing, Team Work, Computers/Technology, Teaching/Tutoring, Recruitment, Writing/Editing, Public Health.
Equal Opportunity Employment
The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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