The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work with the RurAL CAP team and Native American Villages to create programs that have a direct positive effect on the villages’ local economy. These programs will be created by conducting a needs-based assessment of the local community and analyzing the community’s resources. From this, the VISTA member will present their findings to the local community and use the information gathered to develop concrete solutions that are catered to the community’s unique needs. Once the program has been developed, the VISTA will work with the VISTA that would be training the next VISTA on how to implement the program, thereby ensuring the success of the program.
AmeriCorps VISTA will
1. Identify communities that would be willing to implement the program.
2. Research what programs have been effective in other communities.
3. Conduct a needs based assessment of the community
4. Develop a research based program based on the needs of the community.
5. Find funding for the project by developing grants.
6. Meet with the community members to discuss the program and how it will be implemented in their community.
Community Need Addressed
Many Native Alaskan Communities throughout Alaska are struggling Economically. In a fast moving world, many get left behind. This has lead to economically stagnant economies that dramatically effect the lives of the members of these communities. RurAL CAP looks to change this , by creating a program that spurs in economic change in the communities.
The final result of this service would be a plan for a program that would be implemented the next year, which would create economic growth in these native Alaskan 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, Student loan forbearance, Training
We will provide transportation assistance, a relocation allowance and pay for transportation in or around the Anchorage area. RurAL CAP also provides a 100$ housing allowance as well as affordable housing options.
AmeriCorps gives members a plethora of training opportunities. If the AmeriCorps member decides to take an online course, they may receive college credit for their participation.
Skills you will gain
project management, statistical analysis, literary analysis, community development knowledge, leadership
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, Turn taking, 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
Derive consensus, 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, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, 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, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, 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, 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