Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane.
Participant Voice and Empowerment VISTA, Transitions (Year 1)
Develop resources to empower individuals, help community members find their voice, and include clients in program design and organizational decision-making processes at Transitions in Spokane!
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 in Spokane, in Eastern Washington, about 20 miles west of Idaho and 110 miles south of the Canadian border. Benefits include $575 biweekly living allowance. VISTA members who successfully complete the year receive their choice of either a Segal Education Award (valued at approximately $6,195) 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 first year of a 3-year VISTA project. The VISTA member will develop and establish a 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 conduct research on inclusion and interview community members to create the framework for this committee, recruit committee members from programs, and develop processes for engaging the committee in organizational decision-making bodies. The VISTA will identify opportunities to enhance participant voice in parent engagement activities and research best practices for developing curriculum for empowerment, finding voice, and storytelling for individuals who have experienced poverty.
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: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=111828.