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AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate at the Anchorage Youth Courts

Rural Alaska Community Action Program, INC.
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AYC will provide a four-week summer learning program in which 40 youth going into grades 9 and 10 learn about law and citizenship in an environment that incorporates principles of social and emotional learning. Mornings will be spent in small class sessions learning about the law through the lens of subjects already of interest to them. After lunch and another hour in session, youth will alternate between tours of law-related workplaces in Anchorage or various recreational opportunities.

Service Activities

1. Develop a curriculum for the Anchorage Youth Courts summer program
2. Create weekly lesson plans to teach the students about social and emotional learning.
3. Identify the needs of the students in the camp and shape the programming and lessons to the student's needs
4. At the end of service, submit a binder with the lesson plans and all other materials to the Anchorage Youth Courts staff.

Community Need Addressed

This position will seek to fight summer learning loss by providing a summer camp to members of the Anchorage community. This camp will be available to kids of all income levels. In this camp, kids will develop skills in social and emotional regulation, self-advocacy, and logic. Overall, this program gives a positive educational environment for those in need.

Position Outcomes

The VISTA member will develop an engaging curriculum, as well as weekly lesson plans and teach these lessons to a camp of students. Through the service, the students will develop social and emotional skills, as well as build upon what the students have been learning in their classes. At the end of the service, the students will learn to be advocates, not only for themselves but those around them.


Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Stipend, Training

Education Benefits

College Degree

Many members find that this position counts as an internship, talk with your teachers about using this as a work-study, or internship for class credit.

Skills you will gain

Leading, teamwork, public speaking, research, program development

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise
Derive consensus
Accepts responsibility
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth, Legal Assistance
  • Length of Service 2 Months
  • Education Requirements Less than High School Completed
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting National Nonprofit/Affiliate
  • Weekly Training Hours 4

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