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Children, Youth, and Family Support VISTA

Catholic Charities USA
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In addition to strengthening communities, the VISTA will grow the capacity for children, youth, and family programs across the Catholic Charities network and equip them to meet the needs of families in their communities.

Service Activities

The Children, Youth, and Family VISTA will provide resources and supplement the current Children, Youth & Families CCConnect group with more tools on evidence-based practices, trauma-informed approaches, youth development resources, and family poverty reduction. They will develop training and educational materials for distribution on youth development, pregnancy supports and adoption topics. Using CCUSA’s Children, Youth, and Families Annual Survey data the VISTA will create fact sheets, one-pagers, and resources. The VISTA will work to promote strategies and interventions that help reduce family poverty by developing training and educational materials for distribution and creating content through a two-generational approach, engaging both adults and children simultaneously in integrated services.

Community Need Addressed

While strengthening communities, the VISTA will provide support to reduce family poverty.

Position Outcomes

The goal of the program is to develop the resources needed to reduce family poverty and build capacity in local Catholic Charities agencies that provide an assortment of services to children, youth, and families. These services can include case management, childcare, adoption services, college preparation, life skills classes, pregnancy and parenting services, housing and homeless services, adult and child literacy, employment assistance, foster care, and more that address the unique needs of families and communities.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Training

CCUSA will provide supplemental payments in the total of $10,000 for a full member year of service for use in housing, food, travel expenses, etc. within the terms of AmeriCorps VISTA guidelines.

Skills you will gain

Writing/Editing, Computers/Technology, Leadership, Non-Profit Management, General Skills, Youth Development, Community Organization, Teamwork, Communications, Social Services

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements College Graduate
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting National Nonprofit/Affiliate
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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