Participant Voice and Empowerment VISTA, Transitions (Year 2)

Two-Line Description

Develop resources to empower individuals, expand approaches that uplift lived experience, and include clients in program design and organizational decision-making processes at Transitions in Spokane!

Program Description

This project is supervised by Transitions, which aims to end poverty for women and children in Spokane. Transitions operates six programs to support this mission, which provide housing, childcare, and job skills training to women and families experiencing poverty and homelessness. This project intends to create more opportunities for program participants to be engaged in the organization’s decision-making processes and become more empowered in their journeys out of poverty. Additionally, this project seeks to help program participants and alumni develop confidence in their ability to advocate for themselves and their children through those journeys.

This position is facilitated through Americorps VISTA , a federally funded volunteer service program. This position is in Spokane, in Eastern Washington, about 20 miles west of Idaho and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Benefits include $877.66 biweekly living allowance. VISTA members who successfully complete the year receive their choice of either a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,495) or an $1,800 cash stipend. AmeriCorps VISTA is the only AmeriCorps program where you can earn federal non-competitive eligibility, giving you an edge in the federal hiring process. All members in our program receive access to the CliftonStrengths assessment as a benefit of service and join a cohort of VISTA members throughout Spokane in professional and personal development opportunities. Additionally, the VISTA member placed at this project will receive mileage reimbursement or a bus pass, support in securing reduced-cost housing during service, and access to wellness and DEI personal development opportunities.

What the VISTA will do

This is the second year of a 3-year VISTA project. The VISTA member will convene, continue to develop, and evaluate the Participant Advisory Committee, which will allow participants in and alumni from Transitions’ programs to use their voices to inform and impact Transitions’ decisions. The VISTA member will create and test feedback mechanisms for participants, recruit committee members with lived experience from programs, and develop and implement trauma-informed storytelling curriculum to lift up the voices of participants. The VISTA will identify opportunities to enhance participant voice in organizational initiatives and community activities.

Skills: Communications, Education, Leadership, Recruitment, Writing/Editing, Teamwork, Research, Community Engagement

Service Area(s): Community and Economic Development, Children/Youth, Homelessness, Housing, Health

All candidates must complete an application through the My AmeriCorps portal. The link to the application can be found here: Participant Voice and Empowerment VISTA

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