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United Way is seeking applicants through AmeriCorps VISTA to join the Boost! Service Corps Team.
United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) is in partnership with the City of New Haven and the New Haven Public Schools to coordinate wraparound services to support young people’s overall development and enhance their ability to learn in the classroom. Wraparound services can be both academic and non-academic services available to the student and family to meet all physical, emotional and developmental needs. The initiative, called Boost!, is a component of New Haven’s School Change Initiative (to learn more, visit www.NewHavenSchoolChange.org).
Boost! addresses wraparound services by connecting schools to community partners who serve students and families in four broad domains which have been demonstrated to contribute to young people’s ability to succeed in school and in life: physical health, social, emotional and behavioral health, family support and engagement, and extended learning opportunities.
Boost! is designed to improve coordination and facilitate access to critical support services for youth and families, improve the quality of services, promote best practices, make most efficient use of existing and new resources in schools and in the community, and use data to leverage citywide policy and systems change -- all aimed at giving New Haven’s youth the educational foundation they need to escape the cycle of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members assigned to UWGNH will join the Boost! Service Corps Team, working to complement ongoing activities of Boost! by helping to coordinate services at the school level, conducting research, resource development, communications and training. This is not a direct service opportunity, but rather focuses on capacity building.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Authorized in 1964 and founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993. VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 45 years.
Each Boost! Service Corps Member will engage in strategic planning at a Boost! school, assisting the Boost! Coordinator in developing the school’s capacity to provide comprehensive wraparound services. Also, they will participate in developing the overall systemic capacity for wraparound services citywide. The stipend given to Boost! Service Corps members is $13,290. Specific duties will include but not be limited to the following:
• Assist school-appointed Boost! Coordinator in conducting needs assessments to determine needed supports and services at both the city and school levels
• Engage families and community members in supporting student success and developing school capacity to create a welcoming school environment
• Collect and analyze data to report on Boost! programs and monitor program quality
• Work closely with Boost! Coordinator of Community Partnerships to coordinate expanded wraparound program/services between community-based organizations and schools
• Assist school-appointed Boost! Coordinator in the management of programs
• Create and manage partnership binders
• Serve as main school liaison for Parent University New Haven; supporting information distribution and parent registration
• Provide assistance with resource development/fundraising and communications activities
• Assist in development of Boost! volunteer opportunities
• Research best practices and share learning with schools through trainings
• Participate in United Way projects and activities that support Boost’s mission and goals
• Education/Youth Development
• Data Collection/Analysis
• Problem Solving
• Interpersonal and Communications Skills
• Research, writing and editing
• Community Organizing/Motivation
• Conflict Resolution
• Public Speaking
In order to apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to BSCM@uwgnh.org
Interviews will begin in March with the position starting the first week of August 2014.