Seedling Foundation exists to mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children in Central Texas through school-based mentoring. Seedling has provided dedicated volunteer mentors in Austin area public schools since 2005 and has served over 2500 children since it began providing mentoring. As the population of Central Texas grows and spreads beyond the Austin city limits, Seedling needs mentors in additional areas of Central Texas where we make mentoring matches.
Seedling Foundation is seeking a dynamic, proactive VISTA to expand our reach to serve more Central Texas children by finding mentors for children who have an incarcerated parent. For the 2022-23 school year, the VISTA will recruit mentors, raise awareness, build partnerships, and create engagement in communities where Seedling would not otherwise have the capacity to do so. By expanding Seedling’s reach, the VISTA will support program sustainability and longevity, providing the framework to reach the goal of 700 mentor-student matches by the 2024-2025 school year. The VISTA will serve as a key part of the mentoring program’s growth plan, and provide pivotal support to Austin area children impacted by parental incarceration.
The VISTA will develop a comprehensive public awareness plan, coordinate recruitment events, and develop an event calendar to raise community awareness regarding the needs of children impacted by parental incarceration. The VISTA will develop, implement, and document a recruitment plan, including the formation and strengthening of community partnerships.
For more information, visit https://seedlingmentors.org.
Skill areas: Communications; Community Organization; Computers/technology; Education; Leadership; Public speaking; Recruitment; Writing/editing; General skills; Team work. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. English proficiency
**PLEASE NOTE THIS LISTING IS FOR THE AUSTIN POSITION.**
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
This position is a one-year, full-time national service position with AmeriCorps VISTA and the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. Benefits include:
a monthly stipend of around $1,350/mo
Relocation Assistance (*if moving more than 50mi from HOR)
AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit options including some counseling
Childcare assistance (if eligible)
Monthly professional development opportunities
Training in areas like project management, community assessment, and more
End of Service Award: choose between the Segal Education Award ($6,345) to be used towards past or future schooling, or a cash stipend ($1,800)
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE), which allows a VISTA member who meets the minimum qualifications for a job to be hired by a federal agency without having to compete with the general public, for one year
countless other opportunities for personal and professional growth
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
Excellent writing and communication skills. Proficiency in utilizing software to develop presentations and spreadsheets. Independent worker, comfortable making email outreaches and calls, very good at following up with people, and organized.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check