AmeriCorps VISTA Position Opening: The Impact You Can Make

Photo description: Christina Bazzaroni, outgoing AmeriCorps VISTA member, sits at a table representing The Shadow Project at the 2019 Carnival for Autism.

Do you want to help rebuild our K-12 education system so it works for all children? Join The Shadow Project’s team and make school a place where students with learning challenges can thrive!

We are seeking a Community Connections Specialist (AmeriCorps VISTA position with stipend) to help adapt our programs to meet community needs following the COVID-19 crisis and recent racial justice movements. 

This person will work with our creative, flexible team to build connections with other organizations focused on educational equity, expand youth leadership in The Shadow Project programs, and help parents and caregivers have a stronger voice in their children’s education. Read the full position and benefits, and apply here.

“I enjoyed the networking and community engagement part of my service as much as I enjoyed the deeply collaborative and creative engagement with Shadow Project staff members. Connecting with children in the programs has been so moving and rewarding, as much as developing relationships with community partners.” 

Christina Bazzaroni, outgoing AmeriCorps VISTA member at The Shadow Project

Focused on refining and expanding The Shadow Project’s programs and services, Christina created, recruited, and leads our Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB meets quarterly to advise on programs, fundraising, communication, and networking and partnership development, by integrating community members’ experiences and perspectives into the work of supporting underserved children in our community. Currently, the CAB has 20 members who serve variously based on their capacity and interests. The Shadow Project is actively recruiting youth to join the Board.

Building organizational capacity to engage volunteers in new and sustainable ways has been incredible. Building and facilitating connections through the Community Advisory Board has been a fantastic opportunity to develop leadership experience. Also, feeling valued and integrated into the inner workings of the organization has all led to a fundamentally excellent experience.

Christina Bazzaroni

As an Americorps VISTA member, you’ll receive professional development and supervision from Campus Compact of Oregon. This professional development includes regular training on equity and racial justice topics, led by experts in a supportive environment. AmeriCorps VISTA members are encouraged to use their learning on equity and justice to guide their service at The Shadow Project.

Read more about The Shadow Project’s Americorps VISTA position and apply today! Applications received by June 25 will receive priority consideration.

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