City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA
About the organization
The City of Memphis AmeriCorps VISTA Team is a group of AmeriCorps VISTAs coordinated by the City of Memphis. Our mission is to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty through volunteering and the mobilization of resources. We work throughout Memphis to end poverty through capacity building and innovation. Our team is part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, that engages over 5,000 people in service with AmeriCorps VISTA every year. Our members have been retired persons, mid-life career changers, recent graduates, and everything in between.
The City of Memphis (CoM) AmeriCorps VISTA program will host five (5) Summer VISTA Associates. The VISTAs will serve an 8-week term. The Summer VISTA project will align with the Education and Healthy Futures focus areas. The Summer VISTA project goal is to work collaboratively with government, in developing our youth and adults; empowering them to pursue paths toward education and healthy life styles attainment. This program is expected to benefit over 500 children and adults living in poverty. Two Summer Associates will be assigned to program design and preparation for the City of Memphis Play Your Park program. Three Summer Associates will be assigned to support the 12-month VISTA assigned to the Memphis Shelby Police Activities League (PAL) program.
To be eligible for VISTA service, a candidate must:
-Be 18 years or older (no upper age limit)
-Pass a national service criminal history check
-Hold one of the following citizenship or legal residency statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card status), and persons legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
-Demonstrated commitment to community/public service
-Intercultural communication skills and experience working within diverse communities
-Strong volunteer/community service experience
-High school diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s degree, or 4 years of relevant work experience, or a combination preferred
-Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
-Proven ability to solve problems and be flexible
-Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work well in a team environment
-Highly organized and detail-oriented
Contact email: [email protected]
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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