AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
The main role of the VISTA Leader is to support the efforts of the ‘Where Louisville Meets the World’ VISTA project, which includes 11 agencies and 13 VISTA members. The VISTA Leader will serve as a liaison to the community, the project, supervisors and AmeriCorps VISTA members. The VISTA Leader will be based at Americana Community Center, the sponsoring organization of the project. We are a non-profit organization that seeks to provide a spectrum of holistic services to the diverse residents of Louisville Metro. The community is located in a neighborhood with the largest concentration of varied ethnic groups in Louisville representing 101 different countries. Ten other local non-profit organizations are involved in the project: Adelante Hispanic Achievers, American Printing House for the Blind, Backside Learning Center, Beaded Treasures Project, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Food Literacy Project, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Legal Aid Society, and Louisville Metro Parks.
Position Available: Full-time, one-year service term
Direct supervisor: Executive Director at Americana
Activities of the VISTA Leader will include: 1. Assist sites with recruiting qualified AmeriCorps VISTA members; 2. Provide ongoing support and leadership to VISTA members; 3. Conduct quarterly visits to participating agency sites to ensure members are appropriately engaged; 4. Coordinate regular professional development training opportunities for VISTA members; 5. Provide opportunities for VISTA members to network with each other; 6. Encourage project members to participate in National Days of Service (i.e. MLK Day of Service, Make a Difference Day); 7. Assist the project supervisor with collecting and reviewing information for quarterly progress reports; 8. Develop and maintain monitoring, reporting and project management systems; 9. Attend bimonthly supervisor meetings; 10. Coordinate an active Advisory Council made up of community members to provide support to the VISTA project.
Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Housing, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage, Relocation Allowance, Training
- Prior year of service through either a full term of VISTA, NCCC, AmeriCorps State/National, or Peace Corps
- College degree
- 21+ years old
- U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Peer leadership experience
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
Americana Summer Youth Program Intern
Through assigned activities, summer interns will build the capacity of youth and family programming to increase children’s potential to be successful in school and to increase parent involvement in their child’s education. Every year, our 7-week summer program serves about 250 K-12 youth with educational and enrichment activities to prevent summer learning loss. Interns will assist with implementation of the morning JCPS English as a Second Language program, plan and implement STEAM and literacy activities for youth, and participate in regular training, meetings, and supervision.
Position Available: Full-time, June 3rd – July 28th, 2017
Requirements: 18+ years old, willing to commit to volunteering for the entirety of the program, prior experience with diverse populations and youth
Contact Kristin at Kristin@americanacc.org if interested in applying or with questions. No phone calls please.
Community Engagement and Development Intern
This internship will provide a complete introduction to development in the nonprofit sector. The intern selected will have an opportunity to write a grant proposal, help plan an event, engage the community with compelling storytelling, and present accurate and important statistics showing the benefits of the programming. Americana believes that is vital to engage with and know the program participants to be a productive member of the staff team and to effectively share Americana’s message across the broader community. To that end, the intern will participate in Americana’s summer youth programming and other programming as opportunities are identified.
This work will challenge the individual to be creative and thoughtful in their work. They will have the opportunity to interact with the refugee and immigrant population and gain a better understanding of issues immigrants and refugees face. The intern will be working both independently and collaboratively with the Director of Development and other staff members. The intern will also be invited to meet and work with the newly formed young professional board, the Americana Ambassadors.
The intern will work on the following:
- Complete a storytelling project – The intern will work with the younger participants to tell their story in an interesting way to share with the community. For example, they could organize an art project or photo essay and then decide how to present it to the public. The intern will have an opportunity to work with the participants during the summer program which will be Monday through Thursday in June and July.
- Research and submit one grant – The intern will have the opportunity to learn how to find grant opportunities as well as how to write a grant with guidance from the Director of Development. They will be tasked with finding a grant that Americana Community Center has not applied for and submit a proposal.
- Help plan an event – The intern will work directly with the Director of Development to plan a new or already existing event to raise funds and/or awareness.
Position Available: June – August 2017
Requirements: highly motivated, effective at working independently and in small teams, creative, detail-oriented, strong writing and communication skills, prior experience working with diverse populations and youth
Please contact Clare at email@example.com if interested in applying or with questions.