The VISTA member will focus on collecting data on current program activities to assist in improvement of measuring program success. The VISTA will assist in planning for program implementation with new partner organizations and support program staff for continued success. The responsibilities of the VISTA member throughout the project will include recruiting corporate and community volunteers who can provide mentoring and support for the participants. The VISTA will support recruitment of volunteers for events and improving Turning Points social media presence and continue to develop the volunteer program manual and build upon established systems for recruiting, training and support of volunteers. The VISTA will also connect with organizations to provide access to health care for mental health and substance use disorder treatment to maintain a database of references for sustainability of those resources.
The member tasks and activities will include:
1. Collect data on current program activities and youth touched by the justice system.
2. Create summary of data collection to review with staff for continued program success.
3. Provide materials and support to case workers and management to incorporate new programs
4. Develop the volunteer program manual and build upon established systems for recruiting, training and support of volunteers.
5. Support recruitment of volunteers for events and improving Turning Points social media
6. Develop marketing materials to promote the program to potential funders and donors providing content for website updates.
7. Recruit corporate and community volunteers who can provide mentoring and support for the participants.
8. Connect with organizations to provide increased access to job placement for participants leaving incarceration and necessary health care for mental health and substance use disorders.
9. Refine a system of resource-generation for the organization to support its programming.
10. Assist with fundraising and donation outreach.
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, Student loan forbearance
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Recommended skills and qualifications include:
1. An interest in the education or juvenile justice system.
2. An interest in improving the wellbeing of low-income communities.
3. The ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to problem solve.
4. Excellent writing and communication skills.
5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
6. The ability to do research, meet with stakeholders in the juvenile justice world and have curiosity and creativity to problem solve.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check
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