California Young Men of Color Mentoring VISTA

Posted by: Afterschool Alliance

Sacramento, CA, US

The California AfterSchool Network is implementing new and progressive initiatives to increase quality afterschool opportunities for boys and young men of color throughout California and we are looking for passionate, mission-driven individual to join our team.

In 2014, President Barack Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, cities, businesses and nonprofits are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks and the skills they need to find a good job or to attend college.

The Young Men of Color Mentoring VISTA will work to develop strategies and build partnerships with young men of color mentoring programs, colleges, higher education officials, and schools to increase coordination and improve the quality of young men of color mentoring and college readiness afterschool programs.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is the national service program designed to help alleviate poverty in underserved communities around the United States. VISTA members are passionate and dedicated individuals that make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. VISTAs focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations in order to improve the organization’s overall sustainability. As a VISTA member you will develop professional experience in community development, partnership building, advocacy and program management. VISTA members receive many benefits during their year of service including: A modest living stipend, choice of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,775) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500), healthcare options, childcare assistance, relocation and travel reimbursement and training opportunities.

For more information about the AmeriCorps VISTA program, please visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Map where existing afterschool and summer programs are located, then identify where gaps of service exist.
  • Build afterschool and summer learning partnerships with local organizations and businesses, including public libraries.
  • Research afterschool programming best practices for increasing young men of color literacy and college preparation.
  • Market best practices through publications and social media.
  • Manage and support the California AfterSchool Network’s My Brother’s Keeper Collaborative committee.

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