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Anchorage, Alaska

Volunteer Management VISTA

Covenant House Alaska (CHA) serves youth experiencing homelessness in Alaska with a crisis shelter and wrap around services that include street outreach, ongoing education, drop in services, and a wellness clinic. The Volunteer Management VISTA member will break the cycle of youth poverty and homelessness by increasing community volunteerism at Covenant House Alaska. Volunteers are an essential component of expanding services available to Alaskan youth experiencing homelessness.

ANHC Business Development VISTA

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) Business Development VISTA will serve within two initiatives of Cultural Heritage & Education and Social Enterprise to build organizational capacity to maximize external impact. The VISTA will draft and implement business plans for the ANHC Gift Shop and other initiatives, update the external website to reflect current work, create engaging online content, and develop a robust communications strategy. Other duties include planning & developing annual fundraising events and engaging with donors & community supporters. The VISTA will directly support work that reduces barriers to resources and promotes healthy communities through cultural connection and programming

VISTA Leader with RurAL CAP

The VISTA Leader is part of a unique, positive, active Community Development team. Support the 20 member VISTA team engaged in service at partner organizations. Will conduct site visits, recruit members, organize/facilitate trainings for members and partner site supervisors, support project planning and professional development, distribute accessible and appropriate resources, track activity and success stories, generate reports, collaborate with other AK Leaders to foster statewide community/national service spirit, recruit new partner host sites, assist in troubleshooting, offer mentorship. Will work in one-of-a-kind beautiful and diverse city at the base of Chugach Mountains in Anchorage. Will learn about policy, infrastructure and Alaska Native culture. Will be involved with local conferences, working groups, trainings. Will network with AK professionals and agencies to promote partnerships, resources and new opportunities. 

ACLT Economic Development in Response to COVID-19

The Anchorage Community Land Trust proposes to serve low-income neighborhoods in Anchorage through economic development programming that works with communities recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. This builds on the successes of ACLT’s Set Up Shop entrepreneurship program and Grow North Farm urban farm program. The VISTA Member will serve to build partnerships around community and economic development in under-served communities, and will help catalyze new programs and projects that help community members and business owners adapt to the new economic landscape. This will be accomplished by developing new programs at ACLT that increase online access and digital literacy, building capacity at Grow North Farm for socially-distanced programs, and working with ACLT staff to develop partnership providing more training and education to entrepreneurs in our communities. This VISTA project will support community-based efforts for business creation, local job growth, and resident leadership.

Meal Service Developer VISTA

The Meal Service Developer VISTA will increase the capacity of the organization by first, participating in the planning, development, and implementation of Elder congregate meal sites. Second, by developing Elder program policies and procedures applicable to each ongoing project or program. Third, by exploring additional Elder program initiatives for growth among the Elder program and increases in services, activities and events.

Youth Services VISTA Program Coordinator

The AmeriCorps VISTA member will increase capacity of the organization by the meeting the following objectives: (1) Coordinating regional high school activities designed to introduce students to a wide variety of health and behavioral health careers; (2) Coordinating and supporting behavioral health and health care related trainings throughout the region (i.e. Youth Mental Health First Aid, teenMHFA, Adult Mental Health First Aid, QPR Suicide Prevention, Basic Life Support, Overdose Recognition and Prevention, etc.) (3) Increase presence and maintain regional partnership with school districts, health care facilities, university faculty and staff, Alaska Native organizations, etc. (4) Expand the placing of AHEC Scholars (Alaskan enrolled in Alaskan health-care programs) in rural placements.

Reducing Poverty With Purpose VISTA

This VISTA project will focus on building capacity through program development and establishing volunteer opportunities for the community to share their experiences, expertise and knowledge with homeless clients. This will provide much needed client engagement opportunities that aim to reduce poverty and negative behaviors while increasing the employability and overall well-being and health of persons experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Bethel, Alaska

YKHC Tobacco Prevention VISTA

This VISTA member will be serving with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC) in Bethel, Alaska. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation is a privately owned, non-profit 501(c)(3) tribal health organization with a board of elected members representing various tribal communities within the region. The southwest region is comprised of 58 federally recognized tribes from 48 village locations ranging in population size of 28 to 1,133 residents. The urgent need for additional resources and tobacco prevention activities in the YK Delta are clear with 41% of Alaska Native adults using tobacco products. The YK Delta also has some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death, and has been strongly linked with several forms of cancer. The 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on the Health Consequences of Smoking estimated that the number of premature deaths attributed to smoking and secondhand smoke exposure exceeded 20 million in the last five decades. A successful effort to reduce youth initiation of tobacco and adult use of tobacco in the region will reduce costs (both direct and indirect) associated with tobacco use in low income households across the region.  VAD YKHC Tobacco Prevention