The City of Renton, along with several affiliated institutions, is seeking four AmeriCorps VISTA members to built capacity and fight poverty in one of the fastest growing cities in Washington. Apply to a be an AmeriCorps VISTA Member at the City of Renton, Renton Housing Authority, Neighborhood House, or the Renton School District. The positions are intended to build the capacity of organizations to carry out programs that combat poverty, empower the community, create sustainable solutions, and support and enhance community efforts to overcome poverty.
Learn more about these AmeriCorps VISTA opportunities in Renton by clicking here, and continue reading for more detail about each position.
VISTA member roles
3 members (COR, RHA, Neighborhood House) working to help implement and expand SATP. Members will work collectively to address the Economic Opportunity and Healthy Futures CNCS Focus Areas and serve low income community.
1 member working in RIZ to increase capacity of providers for early childhood education and out of school time activities. Member will address the Education CNCS focus area and serve the low-income community and low-income youth with an emphasis on vulnerable youth.
City of Renton
Engage residents and businesses to collectively address problems in the neighborhood and create opportunities for personal and community enhancements.
• Work with RHA, local churches, and other organizations to assess the needs and interests of Sunset Area residents for community-building activities.
• Work with the Renton Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to assess the needs and interests of business owners and managers in the neighborhood for business development and support activities.
• Work with RHA staff and VISTA to engage public housing authority senior and family residents in community-building and/or neighborhood improvement activities.
• Work with Renton Municipal Art Commission and other partners to help create placemaking and/or art in the neighborhood.
• Work with residents to create community building activities, to combat poverty, and to improve the quality of life for residents in the neighborhood.
• Work with the Renton Chamber of Commerce and other partners to create business development and support training and activities for Sunset Area businesses.
• Work with residents and businesses to implement small neighborhood improvement projects that will improve the viability and livability of the Sunset Area.
• Write grants for funding to support neighborhood improvement projects, art, and/or placemaking initiatives in the Sunset Area.
• Work with residents and the City's Neighborhood Program to lay the foundation for a future neighborhood association for residents for VISTA years 2 and 3.
• Work with business owners and managers to lay the foundation for a future neighborhood business association for VISTA years 2 and 3.
Renton Housing Authority
Job training and community support
Job training and skill development for economically disadvantaged individuals to create pathways out of poverty.
• Implement a program model for supporting families with vulnerable youth to combat opioid abuse, depression, and gang affiliation.
• Conduct a survey of RHA's affordable housing residents to identify their job training, health care, and other social service needs
• Conduct research on available local job training opportunities
• Conduct research on available local health care service providers
• Create marketing materials for training opportunities and health care services
• Conduct outreach with other service providers to create partnerships
• Develop and implement a program model for supporting families with teenagers and other youth who are subject to the vulnerabilities of peer induced substance abuse (opioids in particular), depression, and gang affiliation. If possible, the program will be connected with the Highlands Elementary School and McKnight Middle School, both located in the Sunset Area.
• Conduct research on possible funding and grant opportunities to support potential services
• Write and submit grants to address identified needs of the project and RHA's affordable housing residents; follow-up and implement, if awarded
• Devise and implement a plan to evaluate and report the effectiveness of the job training and health care services, including evaluation forms, questionnaires, and related materials
• Create sustainability manuals to assist subsequent VISTAs with continuing project implementation
• Support existing services and help implement and monitor new programs
Service center development
Help create a multi-service and career development center to provide place-based community services for economically disadvantaged adults and children to combat poverty.
• Working with Neighborhood House's Executive Director and Director of Development and Advancement as well as the City and RHA to identify donor/funder leads, schedule meetings, create relevant collateral and submit requests for funding.
• Meeting with social service agencies and other institutions interested in using the space to understand their needs around the physical space (when/how it will be used, furniture/storage needed, cultural needs of clients, etc.)
• Visiting other multi-service and career development centers to explore how they utilize and share their space, including coordination of services across providers, as well as how they furnish and decorate their spaces.
• Meeting with local service providers (including nonprofits, religious institutions, schools, libraries and Neighborhood House staff already working in the Sunset Area) to identify services currently being provided in the area, unmet needs, and potential programming and services they'd like to provide.
• Conducting outreach to local businesses and residents to better understand their needs for services and potential areas for leadership and involvement once the center opens.
• Exploring shared use agreements from other multi-service buildings and creating suggested language for RHA (which is purchasing the building in December 2017) to modify and implement with future tenants.
• Working with Neighborhood House's Executive Director and Director of Development and Advancement as well as the City and RHA to identify funding leads for operating support and programming including scheduling meetings, creating relevant collateral and submitting requests for funding.
• Identifying tools and strategies for building partners to share information and collaborate.
• Working with partners to identify volunteer roles for local businesses and community residents once the building opens, developing volunteer job descriptions and recruitment plans.
• Work with partners, residents, and key stakeholder to create an outreach and promotion plan for when the building opens so that more low-income individuals have access to critical services that will be operating there.
Renton School District
Help build the system-wide capacity of providers to meet the educational and developmental needs of children and youth with an emphasis on early childhood learning and out of school time activities.
• Support Action Teams working with Renton School District staff, parents and community partners on Early Learning/School Readiness, as well as Out-of-School Time (OST) programming by carrying out assigned tasks and recording/facilitating workgroups.
• Increase community awareness of social-emotional learning by coordinating outreach to parents and community members and recruitment to participation in training in social-emotional learning.
• Conduct outreach and engagement to community-based organizations to participate in training on trauma-informed practices and other strategies that support social-emotional learning.
• Participate in grant writing training and write 2-3 small grants to support OST and/or Early Learning activities provided by local community groups.
• Implement strategies to increase community member awareness of early brain development - fostering connections with families, following up with families who have received Vroom tools, and making connections with play-and-learn group facilitators to assess the impact of this information in the community.
• Build expanded partnerships to provide activities and resources within early learning and out of school time services.
• Build tools to support communication between RIZ partners, including website, social media and newsletter resources.
• Develop data sharing protocols between the schools and community partner providers by learning about FERPA, documenting requirements, and executing outreach to community partners.
• Work with family engagement teams at each school in the RIZ to develop tools and strategies for information sharing, task management, and organizing.
• Research opioid prevention resources in the RIZ area in schools and community-based organizations, and create linkages between OST and Early Learning providers and opioid prevention resources.
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