Website Essex CHIPS
Essex CHIPS is a dynamic non-profit serving youth and families with innovative programs, civic engagement opportunities, and initiatives geared toward improving community health and wellbeing.
PROGRAM: The fulltime & part-time members of the VT Youth Development Corps AmeriCorps State Program (VYDC) implement diverse youth initiatives, fostering positive development & building resilience to help youth avoid opioid misuse & other unhealthy behaviors, transcend the effects of COVID-19, and the gain academic, social, & job skills needed to thrive. Website: VermontYouthAmeriCorps.org
SITE: Essex CHIPS engages, inspires, and empowers youth to make healthy decisions and become community leaders. Our impact is reflected in a higher quality of life for all – particularly those disadvantaged by social inequities and poverty. We primarily serve the Essex, VT area, though some programs are regional or statewide. Our initiatives include: (1) Essex Teen Center afterschool program; (2) Essex Youth Empowerment Club; (3) Outlet LGBTQ+ Club; (4) FriendCHIPS Youth Mentoring; (5) TeenLine/Safe Place/Youth Food Shelf social service program; (6) Quality Youth Development (QYD) Project community certification; (7) Healthy Youth Coalition community group; (8) community campaigns to prevent substance use. The AmeriCorps member plans and leads positive youth development activities that build resilience, including: (1) developing and implementing projects for the Teen Center and TeenLine programs; (2) providing support through direct service in the FriendCHIPS, Teen Center, and TeenLine programs; (3) creating opportunities for direct youth engagement and leadership, ensuring that youth contribute to programming; (4) supporting towns seeking QYD certification; (5) expanding programs by collaborating with volunteers and staff; and (6) promoting healthy decision-making, inclusiveness, and quality relationships.
COVID-19: The member supports youth in recovering from the impacts of COVID-19, including increased mental health challenges, feelings of isolation, and the inability to connect with peers due to a lack of in-person interaction.
Location: Essex Junction, VT
Member Duties: The VYDC-Essex CHIPS Youth Services Coordinator AmeriCorps Member has a unique role in supporting youth programs, including the Essex Teen Center, FriendCHIPS, TeenLine, and Quality Youth Development (QYD) Project. The member plans and leads activities to engage youth in creative ways: being physically active, making healthy snacks, participating in STEAM activities, and volunteering in the community. The member builds relationships with local students, community partners, and families to promote awareness of CHIPS as a community resource. The member supports and helps to expand programs, assists in coordinating CHIPS events, conducts program outreach, and collaborates with community groups for events.
Minimum Age: 20
Travel: reliable private transportation; license; clean driving record; local travel & monthly travel to AmeriCorps Training in Montpelier.
To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2 references.
Program Benefits: Health Coverage, Childcare assistance if eligible, Training, Education award upon successful completion of service, Professional development, Living Allowance.
Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Car recommended, Permits attendance at school during off hours.
Estimated Annual Living Allowance: $16,000
Job Types: Full-time, Temporary
- Employee assistance program
- Health insurance
- Professional development assistance
Schedule: Monday to Friday, occasional evening/weekend hours
Work Remotely: Hybrid, Temporarily due to COVID-19
To apply for this job please visit my.americorps.gov.