Please consider applying to our open VISTA position!
Supervisor: Catherine Shahan
HowardCenter Child, Youth & Family Services, 1138 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Community Friends Mentoring promotes the healthy development of children, and their long-term economic success, through positive, nurturing relationships with over 32 years experience in creating fun, caring community based therapeutic mentoring relationships between Chittenden County, VT low-income children and adult volunteers.
The young people we serve are dealing with poverty, stresses at home or in school, and benefit from the extra one-to-one attention a committed adult mentor provides. Matches, while based on an enjoyable, nurturing friendship, are backed by professional supervision and, if necessary, clinical support. After being carefully screened and matched, CFM mentoring pairs meet for 2-3 hours a week for at least a year to spend time together in the community doing activities such as bike riding, cooking, crafts, attending local events or just hanging out. The program provides initial training, ongoing supervision as well as monthly newsletters, activity suggestions, and periodic group events. A*VISTA's play a key role in providing these services to mentoring pairs and building infrastructure. The mission of HowardCenter, our parent agency, is "to improve the well being of children, adults, families and communities." As the designated mental health provider for Chittenden County, Vermont, we provide support and treatment for children, families, and individuals, including crisis response; counseling; substance abuse treatment; mentoring and residential services. The Agency offers rich trainings and diverse opportunities for those interested in the social services and non-profit field.
There is flexibility in the VISTA’s role to support low-income youth in mentoring relationships--from planning the annual curling fundraising event, to photographing our mentor pairs for our database, to creating an apple picking outing, to working with our school to plan an open gym time event to designing a database. The VISTA strengthens CFM by promoting the program in the community, organizing activities, increasing resources, and improving systems. This includes writing newsletters, contacting kids to conduct evaluations and creating reports, helping with annual letter writing campaigns, updating Facebook, and grant writing. Comfort with social media marketing, web design and databases is important. Our VISTA assists the CFM Coordinator to ensure this quality program adapts and stays strong. This position also includes collaboration with agency staff and community partners to promote mentoring and volunteerism. VISTAs are allowed to become CFM mentors as part of their service year. A strong VISTA candidate will demonstrate an excellent work ethic; working some evenings is needed.
This position is a full time, one year commitment.
How to apply:
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