Eight Million Stories AmeriCorps VISTA Community Engagement

Eight Million Stories

About the organization

Eight Million Stories (8MS) is a nonprofit founded in 2017 to support disconnected youth in Houston, Texas.
Young people, especially young men of color, are disappearing—from schools, from communities and from the workforce. Fueled by zero tolerance policies and in-school policing, the school-to-prison pipeline is sweeping disproportionately high numbers of youth into the criminal justice system. For many, it is the start of a lifelong cycle of poverty and imprisonment: Juvenile-justice involved youth who lack support and employment prospects upon release often struggle to re-enter society and face a high risk of recidivism.Our theory of change is that by providing disconnected youth who have been pushed out of our school system, with an opportunity to complete their education and obtain meaningful employment, we will drastically reduce the recidivism rates of justice involved youth in the city of Houston.

Duties

As a Community Engagement VISTA, you will play a vital role in maintaining and strengthening our engagement plan that will support Eight Million Stories' capacity to serve the low-income low-literacy adult population. As a VISTA, you will build capacity by: increasing community engagement and partner site support, strengthening communications strategies, defining communications audiences and constituencies to deliver impactful messages, and staying abreast of literacy initiatives. The VISTA will mobilize local resources to increase the capacity of adult literacy programs to build lasting solutions to poverty.

Qualifications

Team Work , Recruitment , Education , Communications , Leadership , Computers/Technology , Public Speaking , Writing/Editing , General Skills , Conflict Resolution

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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