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The New York Campus Compact is dedicated to revitalizing the civic role of higher education institutions across New York State. A key component of this mission is to address social problems in the low-income communities in which NYCC members are located. Many low-income residents face under-resourced schools, overburdened community-based organizations and an increasing number of service needs that are unmet by the current social welfare system. Colleges and universities have resources that can be deployed in these communities to help individuals obtain the support and skills that will improve their financial, educational and employment outcomes. A main barrier to colleges and universities performing productive work in their communities is the decentralized nature of the human service sector. Acting as a centralizing agent, the NYCC AC*VISTA project has made a lasting mark on communities in New York. In 2007, the NYCC hopes to expand its capacity as a sponsoring organization to include thirty college and university VISTA sites across the state.
Act as advocate/mentor/coach for VISTA members throughout NY state in an ever growing project. Plan trainings and workshops to be held at selected times during the year. Perform site visits. Assist VISTAs in the writing of the semi-annual report and compile volunteer figures. Manage budgets for the VISTA program. Travel around the site to perform site visits a minimum of 3 times. Act as liaison between the VISTA members and the NYCC. Keep in contact via email, phone, and other methods to help form cohesion between the VISTA members, both to each other and to the NYCC. Assist in recruitment of VISTA volunteers for program sites. Develop and conduct surveys, media strategies, communication devices, and other necessary projects for the furthering of the NYCC's vision. NYCC VISTA leader must have one year^s previous experience either serving in the Peace Corps or as an Americorps*VISTA.
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