Willis Dady Homeless Services Storyteller VISTA, Summer 2018 Project Description:
The member will gather stories and lay the foundation for a storytelling program about Willis Dady, its clients, and our history. The member will utilize journalism skills, video recording and editing, social media, historical research, photography, and more. Stories will be gathered from former and current clients, staff, board members, and community members. The member may recruit and manage volunteers to assist in developing and executing activities related to these tasks. The member will create a final product to present to Willis Dady, in digital and hard copy if applicable. The VISTA will design and plan the program with the end in mind so it can be continued and built upon in the future. Service
Experience & Training:
The VISTA will be supervised by a full-time staff member. They will meet informally whenever guidance is needed, and formally bi-weekly. The VISTA will complete the volunteer orientation and training within the first 3 days of their arrival and will go over the timeline of their responsibilities while serving. The member will shadow or meet with each staff member during the first two weeks of service to learn about Willis Dady's programs and the role each staff plays. The member will receive training on the overnight volunteering program at Willis Dady and will cover one overnight volunteer shift each week during their service. This will give the member the ability to learn about the cycle of homelessness and better understand the experiences of overnight volunteer partnerships.
The member will serve at the Willis Dady Shelter, where a full-time staff member will be supervising them. The formal bi-weekly meetings will allow for discussion of ideas, challenges, and review the timeline of tasks assigned. The first week will consist of orientation, training, and the member researching ideal methods for gathering and telling Willis Dady’s story. The member will then discuss with full-time staff their ideas and get approval to implement and pursue them. June will consist of the VISTA collecting all of their media for the project. July will consist of the member compiling their collected media and creating their final product. The last week of July the member will present their project to the staff. The tasks will be divided up in weekly time periods so questions can be addressed informally with the supervisor and formally bi-weekly. Anticipated
At the end of the VISTA term, we anticipate having at least three finalized stories from the voice of people impacted by Willis Dady. These stories may include video, audio, or text, and will be disseminated in various ways. The stories should be clear, interesting, and respectful. These stories will have various focal points, including but not limited to understanding the impact homelessness has on an individual, explaining how Willis Dady works to support people experiencing homelessness, and learning about the strengths and gaps in our community.
Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Training
College Degree, GED/High School Diploma
High School Graduate
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check