AmeriCorps VISTA

I was just browsing through the AmeriCorps Portal where you can search AmeriCorps programs by state. I wanted to see what kinds of AmeriCorps positions are still available around Rhode Island.
AmeriCorps members, have you ever thought about becoming a VISTA?

AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.

Develop your skills within any one of the many valuable nonprofit organizations around this tiny but mighty state! Here are a few:

YouthBuild Resource Developer

strengthen and increase the capacity of local YouthBuild programs by conducting some or all of the following activities: 1) Access private and public funds through researching funds available and writing proposals. 2) Work with YouthBuild USA to access individual contributions and volunteers for the local program through a system of house parties and web-based fundraising. 3) Manage corporate partnerships that bring volunteers to assist in mentoring, and in homebuilding 4) Develop local or regional partnerships for resource development 5) Develop programs to increase and enhance post-program services for YouthBuild graduates The mission of YouthBuild USA is to break the cycle of poverty by unleashing the intelligence and positive energy of low-income out-of-school young adults to rebuild their communities and their lives. In YouthBuild programs in America’s poorest communities, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 enroll full-time for about a year, during which time they build affordable housing for homeless and low-income people and work toward their own high school diploma or GED while learning leadership skills and internalizing the ethic of service. These programs are run by autonomous local community-based or public agencies. YouthBuild USA provides them with technical assistance, training, and other resources.

YearUp

Year Up will serve more than 1,000 students per year across six sites in Boston, Providence, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and Atlanta, and expects to open the Chicago site in the summer of 2010. Year Up continues to be recognized as a non-profit leader; we have received numerous awards, including Fast Company Magazine Social Capitalist Award for innovative business model and social impact in 2005, 2007 and 2008 and Opportunity Knocks Best Nonprofit To Work For in 2009. In 2009, when 75% of non-profits either did not grow or remained flat, Year Up grew its revenue by 23%, enabling us to increase the number of students served by 56% each year since our founding. Much of our success is attributed to our talented and committed staff. Please see http://www.yearup.org for more information about our program.

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