The VISTA will be integral to the expansion and development of Collaborative out-of- school time programs for low-income elementary, middle, and high school youth. Programs are based on the positive youth development philosophy, and help build skills that help youth succeed in school, as well as assets and social capital that help them transcend poverty.
Programs create an environment for healthy futures: Refuse to Use prevention program provides youth free access to a local ski mountain if they pledge to remain substance-free; middle and high school empowerment groups; afterschool programs; mentoring program that pairs youth with caring adults; summer camps, which promote healthy choices, recreation, and education.
The VISTA supports The Collaborative’s mission and helps alleviate poverty by building capacity planning, fundraising, managing volunteers, and evaluating programs, thus ensuring sustainability. Through The Collaborative, low-income youth have access to nutritious food and learn about nutrition and cooking; they help plant, tend, and harvest produce from a community garden, which provides families struggling to their children with healthy produce; they participate in service learning; they receive homework help; and they have adult mentors.
The Collaborative VISTA focuses on the sustainability of key programs, community outreach and fundraising. The VISTA builds and sustains community partnerships and strengthens relationships. The VISTA promotes the mission of The Collaborative through press releases, social media, and attendance at events. The VISTA cultivates our outreach through effective communication about our mission, programs, and initiatives and ensures our strong impact and support of low-income families and at-risk youth.
- Position Type: Volunteer
- Location: Vermont (statewide)
- Employment Type/ Status: Unknown / Not Applicable