Rhode Island Campus Compact _RICC_ AmeriCorps_VISTA

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					Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC) AmeriCorps*VISTA PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Rhode Island Campus Compact (RICC) AmeriCorps*VISTAs are full-time AmeriCorps members who address the pressing issues facing low-income communities by improving the quality of campus community service and service-learning programs and increasing the number of student volunteers. Through their unique campus-based placements, AmeriCorps*VISTA members build relationships with community-based organizations and connect them with campus resources such as student volunteers, faculty teaching service-learning courses and community Federal Work Study programs. RICC places AmeriCorps*VISTA members at institutions of higher education and K-12 public school districts. Having VISTAs placed at K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education will enable members to build linkages between higher education and K12 schools around our core program areas of service learning, civic education, and access/equity issues of higher education. ACTIVITIES: RICC AmeriCorps*VISTAs will perform a wide variety of service activities in support of the goals and objectives of the program. Key activities will include:        Work with higher education and K-12 schools to build partnerships with community-based organizations. Increase awareness of and access to higher education resources. Work with college and K-12 students connecting them to their local community through volunteer recruitment, training, and leadership development. Collaborate with faculty to help connect coursework to meet community needs. Develop resources and information sharing systems to help institutions better connect to their community. Develop and administer alternative spring break opportunities and trips. Develop and coordinate community service opportunities.

For a list of current host sites visit the RI Campus Compact website: 2009-2010 host sites will be available after May 1. BENEFITS:  Each RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA is a full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA member and is eligible for:  Training/professional development opportunities throughout the year  Monthly living allowance of $909  Health coverage  Child care assistance  Post service choice of educational award ($4,725) or stipend ($1,200)  Relocation allowance and/or travel to required Pre-Service Orientation  Non-competitive eligibility for federal employment following the year of fulltime service  Student loan forbearance

GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:        Serving as a RICC AmeriCorps*VISTA is a great way to gain professional experience in: Leadership development Volunteer recruitment and management Grant writing Partnership development Service-learning course development Community service administration and asset-based community development

QUALIFICATIONS:       College graduate – Bachelor’s or Associates Interest in service/service-learning in Higher Education or K-12 schools Student leader or have leadership experience Strong organizational skills and able to work independently Effective communicator - written and verbal Interest in creating positive change in the community

EXPECTED PROGRAM START/END DATE: Start: Late July 2009 End: Late July 2010 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested applicants MUST register for an account at and submit registration for “Rhode Island Campus Compact” AmeriCorps*VISTA program (Listing ID 1671). ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Please send Cover Letter and Resume to or: Sonia Ferria, AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader RI Campus Compact c/o RISD 2 College Street Providence, RI 02903 FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: OR CONTACT: Sonia Ferria, AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader or 401.427.6946 Vermont Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Vermont Campus Compact (VCC) is a consortium of institutions of higher education in Vermont aiming to create a flourishing democracy. We work with members to

strengthen communities and educate for informed and active citizenship. VCC presidents believe that through sustained student, faculty, and institutional engagement with communities, higher education can help prepare tomorrow’s civic and social leaders while improving the lives of Vermonters. Providing training, networking, grants, resources, awards and more, VCC advances civic engagement on campuses and in communities, through service, integrating service into teaching (“service-learning”), campus/community partnerships, activism, dialogue, and socially responsible lifestyles. VCC is affiliated with national Campus Compact and 32 state affiliates, more than 1000 members realizing the public good of higher education. Vermont Campus Compact is looking for people to fight poverty as organizers, collaborators, and catalysts for change as AmeriCorps*VISTA Members. Each Member will serve one year at a participating college or community organization, working with students, faculty, administration, and local communities to build volunteer and servicelearning programs on the campus and mobilize the resources of higher education to serve the needs of the community. By coordinating the integration of service and academics, you will effect sustainable change that serves community needs while fostering much needed leadership and civic engagement in college students.

General responsibilities include:
     Building and maintaining community partnerships Recruiting student volunteers Training student leaders Increasing access to and retention in higher education for low-income students Working with faculty to develop service-learning programs.

      College Degree (Bachelor degree preferred) Excellent communication skills Public speaking skills Desire to work with college students Volunteer experience and a demonstrated commitment to service Leadership experience

For specific position descriptions, please visit: A car and valid driver's license is required for this position. All positions will begin mid-August 2009 VISTA Alum? Vermont Campus Compact is also looking for a VISTA Leader. The VISTA leader will make both a statewide and tri-state impact as they recruit, support and train other VISTAs throughout their experience and help them fight poverty in their communities. VISTA Leaders assist VISTA members to coordinate the integration of service and academics so

they effect sustainable change that serves community needs while fostering the development of leadership skills and civic engagement in college students. The Team Leader works with VCC staff to provide resources and support for members, plan trainings and conferences, maintains strong communication and networks among the VCC A*VISTA members, and collaborates with other Northern New England Campus Compact VISTA leaders and staff for tri-state events, and works with program development at the VCC office. With a dozen sites ranging from urban to rural, the Vermont Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA program offers many exciting opportunities for persons wishing to take a leadership role in a progressive field. The VISTA Leader works closely with the AmeriCorps Programs Coordinator to manage the Vermont Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA team. The VISTA Leader will be responsible for:       Planning and coordinating monthly VISTA trainings/meetings Working collaboratively with VCC program staff to make programmatic decisions and to plan tri-state trainings including Pre-Service Orientation, Continuing Development Training, and Life After VISTA Providing ongoing support for VISTAs through telephone calls, emails, and site visits Connecting VISTAs with appropriate resources related to service-learning, community service, poverty, public safety and other pertinent topics Leading teambuilding activities to facilitate the cohesion of our team Recruiting, interviewing, and coordinating placement of VISTA members

VISTA Leader candidates must have served for one year of National Service with AmeriCorps VISTA.

To apply, please email, fax, or mail a cover letter, résumé, and three references to: Eve McConnell AmeriCorps*VISTA Team Leader Vermont Campus Compact Marbleworks Complex 152 Maple Street, Suite G1 Middlebury, VT 05753 Phone: 802-443-5652 Fax: 802-443-2047