Established in 2007 through a partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Campus Compact of Oregon AmeriCorps VISTA program enables colleges, universities and community organizations to develop equitable community-engaged programming that increases educational access and success for students from low-income backgrounds and communities of color. Using an equity lens, VISTAs with Campus Compact build capacity for college campuses and organizations to increase access to educational resources to alleviate poverty based on community-identified issue areas.
PDX ASC’s VISTA members will develop self-care focused educational programming to improve educational outcomes by addressing the barriers to educational success that exist when factors like stress & anxiety caused by discrimination, poverty, and racism are not addressed. The VISTA will build organizational and youth educational and outreach capacity by developing a strong and sustainable volunteer curriculum and outreach program and by writing grants to support capacity building.
PDX ASC's Summer VISTAs will join the staff of our first annual self-care summer camp* for marginalized youth. VISTAs will act as educational mentors, lead workshops on mindfulness and self-care skills, and help camp participants design individual self-care plans.
*Please note that the camp will be held remotely due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
VISTA Job Description
The recruitment deadline for this full time position is July 30th.
PDX ASC’s youth education & outreach projects alleviate poverty by offering self-care focused educational programming, both in schools & outdoors, to improve educational outcomes by addressing the barriers to educational success that exist when factors like stress & anxiety caused by discrimination, poverty, & racism are not addressed. Improving mental health, mindfulness, & resilience allows students to decrease distress & rumination & improve emotional regulation with the goal of increasing students’ ability to focus & retain information. During 2019-20 we held pilots of our Youth Self-Care Kit-Making Workshop, Self-Care in Nature Walks, and Self-Care Youth Camp programs. The VISTA will support these programs’ long-term success by establishing partnerships with educational institutions in Portland that have high BIPOC enrollment; supporting ongoing curriculum development & program design; and coordinating & facilitating skills-building programs for marginalized youth by writing grants to support capacity building.
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