VYDC-Winooski Community Services Department

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Recruiting Organization: Vermont Youth AmeriCorps: VYT & VYDC

Serve in the vibrant, culturally diverse City of Winooski, which builds community and reduces poverty by engaging residents through volunteerism, community events & programs, and civic opportunities.

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: The Winooski Community Services Department fosters relationships across generations & cultures by providing safe, healthy environments & opportunities for residents to connect and engage. We promote lifelong wellness & offer high-quality, affordable programs & events that respond to community needs. We manage the O’Brien Community Center, Myers Memorial Pool, and many enriching year-round youth programs. The challenges of generational poverty & English language proficiency facing many of our families make the need for accessible, low-cost, high-quality programming compelling. A designated Refugee Resettlement community, Winooski is home to a diverse population (31 native languages spoken in schools, & 38% of students considered "English Language Learners). Many families depend on City programs & services to help them connect to the community, transcend poverty, and for New Americans, acculturate & settle into a new community. We seek an AmeriCorps member who is flexible, driven, optimistic, with excellent communication skills, and who is excited to provide high-quality recreational programs, engage with the community, & promote creative capacity building.

COVID-19: At the start of the pandemic, New American youth were separated from classmates into solely ELL school pods. This affected their ability to create new friendships, feel a sense of place, & adjust to their new home. As restrictions lift, recreational programming reconnects youth in a safe & meaningful way. The VYDC member is key to expanding & enhancing recreation programs. Location: Winooski, VT

Member Duties: The VYDC-Winooski-Recreation Operations AmeriCorps Member runs a new slate of recreation programs. The member plans, sets up, implements, & follows up, as well as collaborates with youth & staff to provide emotional support & ensure a high-quality program. The member coordinates transportation, volunteers, & other community partners. Programs are at the Myers Memorial Pool, O’Brien Community Center, or a city park. Must be comfortable engaging a team of volunteers & interacting with a diverse group of youth. The member gains experience in program operations, building partnerships, & outreach strategies.

Preference to those with language proficiency in Swahili, Nepali, Arabic, Somali, Bosnian, or Bhutanese. Minimum age: 21. Travel: valid license & clean driving record; local travel to various parks & city buildings; monthly travel to Montpelier for AmeriCorps training. Send resume, cover letter, & contact information for 3 references who can speak to character.

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 , Permits attendance at school during off hours , Car recommended .

Estimated Annual Living Allowance: $16,000.

Full-time, Temporary


  • Employee assistance program
  • Health insurance
  • Professional development assistance

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Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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