Through annual grant support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Community Services Block Grant, and Partner agency cash and in-kind contributions, RurAL CAP hosts two AmeriCorps Programs each year. In 2018, RurAL CAP will recruit fifty five AmeriCorps Members to serve at a variety of partner organizations around the state. AmeriCorps Members pledge to serve for a year in order to build strong Alaskan Communities and Youth.
Resilient Alaska Youth AmeriCorps Program
RAY Benefits of service include:
- $1,550/ Month Living Allowance
- $5,730 Education Award Upon Completion of Service
- Relocation Assistance
- Health Insurance
If you are interested in serving, check out the open positions below. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Eric Milliken.
Current openings include:
The Rural Program encourages the growth of leadership skills in youth and adolescents through the implementation of summer day camp activities focused on outdoor education, creative arts, community events, and healthy life choices. The program emphasizes with youth the importance of nutrition, fitness, and the reduction of high risk behaviors. The purpose of the Rural Program is to provide camps that reflect the needs of the communities that we serve. We are there to build assets in children so that they can recognize their full potential and appreciate their individual contribution to this world. The program operates in communities with high need as a majority of residents have low to moderate incomes and spend a large amount of time during summer months participating in subsistence activities.
R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness)
R.O.C.K. Mat-Su is currently recruiting for two AmeriCorps members. One of the Members will cultivate a Youth Leadership Council that will ultimately be responsible for informing project work and goals for the entire R.O.C.K. Mat-Su Collaborative. The AmeriCorps Member will recruit participant youth, create structure for the program, and develop youth leadership roles to run it. The other member, the Trauma Sensitive School Coordinator, will be responsible for the implementation of a district wide trauma informed school program. These are both great opportunities to work in high need communities as part of a network of five AmeriCorps members placed with the district, schools, and R.O.C.K. Mat-Su. The position descriptions can be found here:
>R.O.C.K. Mat-Su Trauma Sensitive Schools Coordinator
>R.O.C.K. Mat-Su Youth Leadership Council
Covenant House Alaska
As the Covenant House Alaska AmeriCorps Member: Deliver competency based group programming targeted toward our minor population of at risk and homeless youth ages 13 to 18. Integrate into the evening shift alongside our Youth Engagement Specialists and Case Managers. Further develop our ability to deliver competency based group programming on the evening shift. Work in conjunction with our staff team as well as our partners to ensure any new programming complements what is already being delivered. Evening shift hours are 2:30pm to 10:30pm. Each evening has a two hour window for program delivery for the member to operate in. Programming could include but is not limited to on site groups such as life skills groups (Cooking, art, banking, poetry, rock wall, coping skills, open mic, relationship groups), or off site activities (e.g. hiking, fishing, berry picking, concerts, shows, sporting events, sledding, skiing.) The activities are led by the member or the member could facilitate other staff or volunteers in leading the group.
RurAL CAP acts as a Multi Focus Intermediary to partner with Alaska agencies to place Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) members. VISTA members work to build capacity and expand opportunities to bring low income communities out of poverty. VISTA Benefits of service include:
- $1,333/ Month Living Allowance
- $5,810 Education Award Upon Completion of Service
- Relocation Assistance
- Non Competitive Eligibility for Federal Jobs
Current openings include:
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. is the federally recognized tribal organization of the Aleut people in Alaska whose mission is to provide self-sufficiency an independence of the communities served by advocacy, training, technical assistance and economic enhancement. The VISTA will increase capacity of the organization by: (1) conducting community outreach that increases community wellness; (2) coordinating local efforts to connect economically disadvantaged people to health services (3) improving the delivery of health care services and education to prevent disease 4) serving the basic needs of low-income people by increasing access to nutritious foods and promoting tobacco prevention activities.
The Children’s Lunchbox VISTA Program
Bean’s Cafe’s mission is to feed the hungry and the homeless without discrimination, to embody the values of compassion, dignity and respect for all who enter their doors. The Children’s Lunchbox (TCL) is a program of Bean’s Cafe, which focuses on feeding hungry children in the Anchorage community. This VISTA project will focus on building capacity by increasing the ability of the TCL Mobile Food Pantry program to provide nutritious meals, snacks, and weekend food bags via a mobile food pantry delivering meals to persons experiencing poverty in low-income areas in Anchorage.
Municipality of Anchorage, Mayor’s Office
This project will be a collaboration between Alaska Governor Walker and Anchorage Mayor Berkowitz to increase community participation and support for the Anchorage Housing and Homeless initiative and community coordination of homeless resources. Anchorage housing and homeless service providers are collaborating to make scarce resources go further in the community through a process to align outreach and housing resources. This approach has been used in many communities to effectively reduce homelessness (Coordinated Entry) and allows for individualized assessment and referral of people to the right resource for their needs. This project will assist in examining areas where trained groups of volunteers may assist the community homeless service providers in supporting people who are exiting homelessness.
The project will target two areas for capacity development:
- Support for the Anchorage Housing and Homeless Services Coordination initiative’s goal of increasing community/faith based volunteer resources for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness beyond the current family emergency cold weather shelter program operated by faith based organizations.
- Support for the community’s work to implement US Housing and Urban Development required coordination of outreach, connection to supportive services and housing resources for all homeless people in the community.
Maniilaq manages social and health services for about 8,000 people with the NW Arctic Borough and the village of Point Hope. 7 out of 12 member communities have 20% or more of their populations are residing below the poverty level. Maniilaq understands the importance of expanding access to health services to a rural service population and directing services to those who need it most. The VISTA will help coordinate local efforts to improve access to nutritious food and connect economically disadvantaged people to health services that will establish healthy initiatives. The project will alleviate poverty in the northwest arctic by connecting low income people to health services across the region.
Anchorage Community Land Trust
Anchorage Community Land Trust strives to develop healthy and prosperous communities in Anchorage by acquiring, developing and planning for the land and projects necessary to bring about sustainable neighborhood revitalization and economic development. ACLT is envisaged as a city-wide vehicle for channeling reinvestment into areas of concentrated poverty and for over a decade has led revitalization efforts in Anchorage by working with neighbors to bring out the best in their communities. We see the potential in low-income neighborhoods and harness it by making strategic investments that meet community needs. This goal of this VISTA project is to grow economic opportunity for residents and business owners in low-income neighborhoods such as the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage. Priorities include entrepreneurship and small business training, financial literacy education, activating neighborhood economies, and increasing local hire of trained, qualified community members. Check out the video above to learn more about our base neighborhood of Mountain View, filmed at the neighborhood farmers’ market we run on one of our lots!”
The VISTA member will be key in growing a new program with ACLT. In 2018 ACLT will launch a comprehensive entrepreneurship support program called Set Up Shop, which will provide training and microlending to business people in low income, underserved areas of Anchorage. The Member will come in on the ground floor of the project and will have the opportunity to help build the recruitment, training and lending components of the program; all of which is hands-on economic development work. Work will include building a base of technical assistance providers, identifying and recruiting trainers, contacting community groups to outreach for clients and assisting in implementing the microlending program by contributing to the underwriting process.
Rural Alaska Positions
In Rural Alaska and want to serve? Talk to your local tribal or city council about becoming an AmeriCorps Member!
Each Year, RurAL CAP recruits fifteen AmeriCorps members to serve in partnership with local entities across our state. Want to make a difference in your community? Consider joining the Resilient Alaska Youth AmeriCorps program. As an AmeriCorps member you will serve to reduce the incidence of youth substance abuse and suicide by Engaging youth in culturally-rich, skill-building activities while promoting wellness, positive identity and healthy relationships.
Have questions? Contact Charlie Ess 907.865.7355 or firstname.lastname@example.org