Explore Austin provides youth with six years of adventure, and a lifetime of opportunity. Join us for a year of paid national service to help us build, strengthen, and connect our growing community of outdoor leaders! At Explore Austin you'll:
- build a strong foundation for continued alumni engagement through connecting with local organizations
- organize and coordinate alumni events, from networking to climbing meet-ups to campouts
- utilize creative opportunities, like NPR's StoryCorps Archive, to capture alumni, mentor, and explorer stories and share them with the community
- ensure the systems we track our alumni with are updated and operating smoothly
- develop new volunteer and partner recruitment strategies
- engage current and alumni volunteers through the creation of resources and online trainings
We need a charismatic communicator with a fierce independent streak. Because this position is a healthy mix of collaborative and individual projects, we are looking for motivated creatives who love to lead--and who aren't afraid to come camping with us! Bilingual English-Spanish is preferred, and a strong background in communications is a must.
As our VISTA, you will be supported, coached, and respected throughout your year of service as you learn valuable, transferable skills and attend professional development sessions to build your portfolio.
MORE ABOUT EXPLORE AUSTIN
Explore Austin pairs youth from low-income communities (Explorers) with caring and committed adult Mentors for a six-year journey, using the outdoors as a classroom to teach youth leadership. Explore Austin believes that through the support of dedicated mentors and connection to profound outdoor adventure, adolescents are provided with the conditions they need to develop life skills, such as grit, self-efficacy, and confidence. Youth enter Explore Austin as sixth graders and become a part of a 20-member team: 5 Mentors and 15 Explorers. We currently serve 300 youth who primarily qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 100 volunteer Mentors.
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty through comprehensive literacy services. With our AmeriCorps VISTA Initiative program our mission is spread across the state of Texas. Each VISTA serves full-time for one year at their placement site with at our partner agencies. They help to improve health services, create and evaluate programs, strengthen community groups, conduct outreach, and much, much more.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
Networking opportunities, Monthly professional Development, and additional learning opportunities throughout your service year.
Desired Certifications or Qualifications
-Attention to detail
** Bilingual Spanish/English preferred**
-Strong written and verbal communication skills
-Bachelor’s degree in a field related to job responsibilities
-Ability to create sustainable strategies, processes, and systems from scratch with limited resources
-Ability to track multiple processes and follow-up accordingly
-Versatility, flexibility, a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
-Demonstrated interest in youth development and/or outdoor education
-Experience in volunteer and event coordination
-Ability to work in a variety of weather outdoors including the ability to lift 40 lbs.
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check