AmeriCorps VISTAs Openings

ILCC has many openings at our member campuses for passionate young volunteers to gain experience in higher education civic engagement initiatives. Read more about each opportunity below, then follow this link and search for ILCC to complete your AmeriCorps VISTA application.

Service Description: The VISTA will work to eliminate poverty by leveraging student volunteer power through service learning to increase the scope and reach of organizations working to eliminate poverty in DuPage. College of DuPage students work with over 50 service partners addressing issues of housing, food security, and education with community organizations such as Community Table, Humanitarian Service Project, West Suburban Community Pantry, Peoples Resource Center, and Triple Threat Mentoring, among others. Serving as a liaison between campus and community organizations, the VISTA will expand and deepen these partnerships critical to eliminating poverty.

Member Duties : Strategically engage with the community partners and assist with efforts to better connect them with COD. Conduct site visits and assist with the evaluation process for each community partner. Create training materials for service learning partners Strategically work with assistant manager, community organizations, and faculty to connect service learning with poverty. Create and implement processes for data gathering from community partners. Grow and improve the service learning at the College of Dupage. Serve as a board member to the Service Learning advisory board Serve as primary liaison to service learning community partners. Collaborate with Career Services office and faculty at COD to create new opportunities for service learning students. Meet with students and assist them as needed; help with course presentations Explore and develop potential opportunities for COD students to participate in Spring and Winter service learning trips.

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Service Description: Our focus is on education, particularly K-12 success and post-secondary success .The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (GLP) is a free, two-year academic enrichment program for high school students around the Chicago area. GLP aims to be a catalyst for Chicago’s talented youth as they develop their interests in STEM fields, hone their unique leadership abilities, and take steps towards college and career. We seek to inspire high-achieving youth from across the city to lead and serve through STEM and support their path to higher education. The VISTA will also build capacity for a new college access program called Fast Forward, focused on supporting community college students. These are typically first generation and low-income students.

Member Duties: Provide support for building out a new FastForward program, connecting community college students to resources on campus. Build partnerships with community organizations, and coordinate career exploration and academic enrichment activities for high school students enrolled in the Global Leaders Program (GLP Scholars), a majority of whom are first generation college students, lowincome students, and students underrepresented in STEM Collaborate with GLP staff to develop programming for “Community Innovation Projects”, year-long community service and design projects that GLP Scholars complete during their junior year of high school. Connect with Chicago-area high schools to recruit motivated students into our program, with a particular emphasis on first generation college students, low-income students, and students underrepresented in STEM Provide critical support to the Global Leaders Program by extending program alumni engagement, and assisting with special projects.

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Service Description: Columbia College is an Arts and Media college and we are currently undergoing a new strategic planning process. Columbia wants a stronger focus on Experiential Learning (Service-Learning) and Community Engagement. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will participate in weekly departmental meetings, monthly cross-center planning meetings, and other opportunities to implement and monitor Student Engagement activities. They will participate in professional development opportunities offered to all Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) staff. These meetings and trainings will support the VISTA in working with the Student Engagement Manager to develop and track both the processes and benchmarks for each student engagement initiative’s success. The VISTA will work across all of CCAP’s programs, to continue building the Center’s capacity to serve college students with substantial learning and service opportunities. The VISTA will participate in a variety of cross departmental teams and will work together to enhance the Center’s communication, human resource, and technology infrastructure to better serve student mentor outreach and placement. However, within CCAP, the VISTA will focus its energies onto three program areas: the Community Schools Initiative (which works exclusively with at-risk youth populations), BIGArt (a series of service-learning initiatives that target first year college students’ art work in the community, and finally, the Community Partnerships’ Urban Missions program (which places students in non-school based sites to work as mentors to at-risk youth). Additionally, the VISTA will collaborate with the Conway Center for Achievement to develop initiatives which support low-income and first generation college students. The VISTA will also serve as part of the cross-college Veterans Task Force to support veteran students and military families through the Student Veterans and Family Center.

Member Duties: 1. Coordinate the Center for Community Arts Partnerships’ experiential learning programs, and develop tracking and assessment systems. 2. Collaborate with Columbia College departments and offices to build a stronger infrastructure. 3. Enhance the Center for Community Arts Partnerships communication, technology, and tracking infrastructure to better serve mentor outreach and placement. 4. Establish new community partnerships to broaden the scope of our experiential learning opportunities. 5. Serve as part of a cross-college task force to support veterans and military families. 6. Attend Student Veterans of America meetings to connect with veteran students and identify areas in which they could be supported more by the college.

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Service Description:  The SVA VISTA will break the cycle of poverty by assisting student veterans complete their degrees and also create opportunities for student veterans to find employment upon graduation. This VISTA will build capacity by coordinating the Student Veteran Organizations of Illinois, driving recruitment efforts for the Student Veterans of America Summit, and maintaining and expanding current network opportunities.

Member Duties: The VISTA will establish regional spheres of influence by managing veteran coordinator list. To ensure that all veterans have access to volunteer systems, employment systems, and other activities. Prepare and execute state-wide communications plan to engage all student veteran organizations. Manage Veteran Campus Coordinator contact list to advertise and promote engagement opportunities. Design, develop and execute social impact design that will connect veterans to different community resources that will allow them to connect to their communities.Work with Student Veterans of America Chapters in Illinois to encourage student involvement with outside community organizations. Serve as the central point of contact to assist student veterans with community service.Design, develop and execute employment-networking opportunities and student engagement opportunities to allow student veterans employment opportunities. Develop programs to help incorporate student veteran family members.

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