Interested in Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA?​

We need you to serve in the Northland!​

Eco3 AmeriCorps VISTA members expand the capacity of local organizations and government agencies to reduce poverty and build community resilience, sustainability, and equity in the Northland.

The Eco3 VISTA Program matches passionate individuals to positions with community partners, supports our members with resources and training in community engagement and professional development, and connects members with social, cultural, and outdoor experiences. 

We seek candidates that are ready to grow their professional skills, expand their networks, and positively impact their community!

As a VISTA member you will:

  • Serve with a local nonprofit or public agency
  • Address issues like poverty, health disparities, hunger, affordable housing, equity, climate, energy, and environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness, and  community development and resiliency
  • Join a cohort of passionate individuals to live in, serve with and learn about the community
  • Develop personally and professionally through cohort trainings, projects, and resources.
  • Explore the unique outdoor activities, arts, and culture of the Northland! 

Learn more about Eco3 and AmeriCorps VISTA:

We are committed to the health and safety of our AmeriCorps VISTA members, if you have any questions about serving during the COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out. 

View our open positions:

Review the position descriptions below and follow the links to apply through the MyAmeriCorps Portal.

Open Positions:

Promote community engagement in Indigenous-focused practices through building and sustaining new economic and housing development projects along the shores of Lake Superior.

AICHO’s mission focuses on building opportunities for Indigenous people that are rooted in a vision of health and vibrancy while also honoring the resiliency of our community. As a AmeriCorps VISTA member, you will work on a few exciting projects with various teams focusing on developing the Niiwin Indigenous Food Market and Indigenous Art Hub as well as developing 50-100 affordable housing units. VISTA Members will work directly with the Executive Director as well as the various projects development teams. Mostly working in downtown Duluth, Lincoln Park, and Central Hillside neighborhoods, AICHO has been focused on increasing food access to the community through weekly food distribution events and home deliveries for those homebound. Additionally, AICHO is in the process of developing an Indigenous Arts Hub in Lincoln Park that will focus on promoting opportunities for local artists and be a safe space for those vulnerable in the community. Our VISTA member will help increase community engagement in food sovereignty principles with a goal to increase healthy eating practices through improved access. They will also assist with setting up community partnerships, as well as data collection. 

Member Duties : 

1) Engage in research and data collection that can be used in grants.

2) Work with the development teams on grant writing and researching potential funding sources to sustain the programs.

3) Engage the community to educate and spread awareness of the various projects in development, and gain feedback to bring back to the team.

4) Support AICHO team members on site at the gardens, Art Hub, and Niwiin Market.

5) Engage with the community including residents, local non-profits and business owners, the City of Duluth and St. Louis County.

6) Attend all development meetings for each project.

7) Collect data on the programming to track progress and ensure that it’s effectiveness.

8) Network, build and sustain connections with local food producers and artists that match with AICHO’s mission.

Build capacity in a growing nonprofit serving older adults by creating a dynamic fundraising campaigns, evaluating organizational processes and procedures and by leading the development of new programs to meet community needs.

Age Well Arrowhead is a nonprofit in Duluth, MN that promotes wellness and independence for low income older adults allowing them to age well at home. The VISTA member will be part of the Age Well Arrowhead team and play an integral part in service delivery expansion by evaluating current programs and creating new processes and services that support the organization’s mission. Age Well Arrowhead embraces new technologies and approaches to reaching low income older adults and developing partnerships that support growth and the VISTA member will be key to designing and implementing novel and sustainable solutions. This includes collaboration with state and regional organizations to identify best practices for supporting low income senior’s ability to age in place.

The Development Director VISTA will review program delivery models and implement systems to increase program efficiency and develop new programs and services for delivery to serve more low income vulnerable older adults. The Development Director position includes developing a fundraising program as part of an organizational sustainability plan and other activities including grant writing and external communications. Candidates should be excited to serve in a growing organization, demonstrate patience and understanding when working with the aging population, and display strong self-motivated to bring new solutions to our community. 

Engage with Northfield community members on a climate justice project to find economically viable solutions to transportation needs while creating a cleaner environment and an equitable community.

The City of Northfield has a long history of residents caring deeply about environmental issues and adopted a Climate Action Plan in November 2019 to help the City both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions as well as to build resilience. The transportation sector makes up about 12% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Northfield, but also an area of disparity. The focus of this position will be to develop low-carbon transportation options with a focus on active transportation accessible to all. Increasing these transportation options address barriers to economic and community participation by low-income households. 

As a community of 20,000 residents, to include two liberal arts colleges, we have limited transportation options beyond private vehicles. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will work directly with city staff as well as community partners to engage a wide-range of community members, especially those that are typically underrepresented in decision making, to assess transportation needs, barriers and possible low-carbon solutions. This work will be part of a multi-city community engagement project that is starting in southeast Minnesota with assistance from the University of Minnesota Extension and Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. In addition to transportation planning, you will work on increasing active transportation for youth by developing some Bike and Walk to School efforts over 2021-2022 school year.

Member Duties : 

1. In collaboration with community partners, engage community members using a variety of methods to assess needs, barriers and solutions around transportation. 

2. Attend training and workshops with southeast city partners on community engagement processes. 

3. Develop evaluation methods and collect data. 

4. Research low carbon/active mobility transportation options and best practices from other communities. 

5. Summarize findings and write report. 

6. Organize Bike/Walk to school and other bike education events focused on youth. 

7. Create communications pieces (print, videos and social media) to support projects 

8. Research and write grant proposals to provide financial support for the projects. 

9. Potential to assist with other projects around waste reduction and energy efficiency as time permits.

Ensure environmental soundness and resource efficiency in affordable housing with carbon accounting and labor tracking on the shores of Lake Superior in beautiful Duluth Minnesota.

Community Action Duluth began as part of the City of Duluth in 1965 as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. In 1982, Community Action obtained nonprofit status and has been providing services to low income people since that time. Community Action Duluth has an annual budget of $2,050,000 and administers government grants in addition to foundation grants, and contracts from government agencies. Community Action Duluth’s new mission is to empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty, and create prosperity and equity in the lives of the people we serve. 

Community Action Duluth has three categories of programs and services: 1) Asset Building and Financial Services 2) Employment Services including the Stream Corps, Seeds of Success, and Community Construction, and 3) Community Engagement and Leadership Development. 

Community Construction (CC) is one of our Field Jobs programs. CC is a program that provides jobs to un- and underemployed Duluthians to carry out housing restoration projects in the city of Duluth. Participants of CC earn valuable work experience to put on their resume, job training, and opportunities to engage in our other programs, such as employment and financial coaching. Job training can include flooring, roofing, siding, drywall, tiling, painting, framing, hanging doors and windows, and many more skills, all taught in house by us and a WITC instructor at the beginning of the year. 

Member Duties : 

1) Labor tracking – To create a labor tracking system to account for all labor hours of each remodeling project. The major goal of labor tracking each phase of the project to use the data for more accurate estimates on future projects. 

2) Materials sourcing – To find and create a living list of materials that are safer, greener, and/or cheaper for continued projects. And to cultivate relationships with suppliers emphasizing those who carry local materials. 

3) Life Cycle Carbon Accounting – to calculate our carbon impact in the refurbishment of old homes. Emissions from product stage, use stage and end of life stage will be considered with product stage being given a priority. Carbon accounting is currently only an aspiration for our program so this VISTA will be setting up processes for making this aspiration a reality.

Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps is a dynamic program on the shores of Lake Superior. You’ll work with passionate individuals to build community resilience and develop coordinated anti-poverty strategies.

The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps began in 2017 with ten members focused on expanding capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. The program focuses on a holistic model of addressing poverty from various angles such as equity and inclusion, food access and systems, government policy, community development, education, and design and creative placemaking. In 2020, the Ecolibrium3 has 25 members working with many partners, including governments to build equity and health into community plans, nonprofits to advance neighborhood revitalization and economic success for residents, public health and tribes to combat opioids and hunger, and organizations to expand opportunities for youth. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers may produce the largest impact on reducing poverty.

We seek a VISTA Leader that can help develop the support resources needed for VISTA members to succeed in their positions, develop the Ecolibrium3 program to better serve the community, and is interested in directing their own special project for capacity development. The VISTA Leaders should have excellent communications skills, be flexible, be able to empathize with members and community representatives to identify issues and possible solutions, and be a strong ambassador for AmeriCorps. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Leader will co-lead a cohort with two other VISTA Leaders (positions rotate in August) and will ensure strong individual support to members and the development of a cohesive cohort, while also specializing in one area: professional development, cohort communications, or partnerships and sustainability. The VISTA Leader will build upon their previous AmeriCorps or Peace Corps experience to create a rewarding experience for themselves, their members, and our program sites.

Member Duties:

  1. Build the capacity of the Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps members and community project sites by building member skills and facilitating members’ professional and personal growth.
  2. Increase Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA members’ professional development skills and abilities.
  3. Create a community mentorship program to connect VISTA members with local professionals.

Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps is a dynamic program on the shores of Lake Superior. You’ll work with passionate individuals to build community resilience and develop coordinated anti-poverty strategies.

The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps began in 2017 with ten members focused on expanding capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. The program focuses on a holistic model of addressing poverty from various angles such as equity and inclusion, food access and systems, government policy, community development, education, and design and creative placemaking. In 2020, the Ecolibrium3 has 25 members working with many partners, including governments to build equity and health into community plans, nonprofits to advance neighborhood revitalization and economic success for residents, public health and tribes to combat opioids and hunger, and organizations to expand opportunities for youth. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers may produce the largest impact on reducing poverty.

We seek a VISTA Leader that can help develop the support resources needed for VISTA members to succeed in their positions, develop the Ecolibrium3 program to better serve the community, and is interested in directing their own special project for capacity development. The VISTA Leaders should have excellent communications skills, be flexible, be able to empathize with members and community representatives to identify issues and possible solutions, and be a strong ambassador for AmeriCorps. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Leader will co-lead a cohort with two other VISTA Leaders (positions rotate in August) and will ensure strong individual support to members and the development of a cohesive cohort, while also specializing in one area: professional development, cohort communications, or partnerships and sustainability. The VISTA Leader will build upon their previous AmeriCorps or Peace Corps experience to create a rewarding experience for themselves, their members, and our program sites.

Member Duties:

  1. Build the capacity of the Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps members and community project sites by building member skills and facilitating members’ personal growth.
  2. Expand community awareness of the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA Program and understanding of the mission of AmeriCorps VISTA.

Enhance Eco3’s reach to engage community on equitable community development, climate resilience, and health.

Ecolibrium3 is a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to “lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future.” Ecolibrium3 works on all aspects of resilience building including housing, energy, resource management, economic development, and health, and is the convening organization in low-income neighborhoods along Duluth’s St. Louis River. In order to support the anti-poverty, energy, and neighborhood work of Ecolibrium3, the Impact Builders will serve a central role in building organizational systems and sustainability. These members will dig deeper into CRM, training curriculum, grants management, and communications to drive efficiencies that can support organizational programs and other VISTA roles.

The Impact Builder VISTA will increase organizational capacity by building key systems and expand community engagement through applied enhancements to communications and data management systems. The member will be key to developing long term funding strategies in conjunction with anti-poverty efforts at the neighborhood level. 

Member Activities: 

1) Assess capacity of Ecolibrium3 internal operational procedures and programs to determine strategies for system improvements, better inform staff of needs of constituents they serve, and increase programmatic impact for low SES individuals and families. 

2) Develop organizational and programmatic communications content across multiple channels. 

3) Identify and implement systems for researching and managing grants. 

4) Increase use and viability of technological and data management systems at Ecolibrium3.

Join the energy transition and create community resilience by building organizational capacity with volunteer management and training.

Ecolibrium3 is a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to “lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future.” Ecolibrium3 works on all aspects of resilience building including housing, energy, resource management, economic development, and health, and is the convening organization in low-income neighborhoods along Duluth’s St. Louis River. Working across sectors, this position will help target low-income utility dollars to more effectively address energy poverty.

The position is centered at Eco3, but works with all utility providers to streamline and extend resources through cooperative program development. Due to a rebounding housing market, contractors are virtually nonexistent to do small air sealing and insulation work that produces the best savings opportunities for our low-income households. The VISTA member will help build capacity, volunteer corps, and material funding for the Giving Comfort At Home program. GC@H uses volunteers to complete installation of energy saving materials for low-income, elderly, disabled, or veteran/active military households that would otherwise be unable to complete the work.

The VISTA will develop comprehensive conservation programs targeted at low-income households to alleviate energy poverty by aligning utility programs and providers to create seamless service for those experiencing difficulty in paying for basic services. They will leverage volunteer and financial resources allowing for program sustainability, retrofitting 30 housing units with volunteers.

Member Duties:

1) Benchmark energy and water use to determine priority actions for conservation programs to assist economically disadvantaged households.

2) Create low-income program guidelines, outreach materials, and staff training.

3) Expand partnerships with community organizations that can assist economically disadvantaged household at-risk of utility shut-off with other resources.

4.) Establish a 5-year program resource plan.

5.) Develop partnerships with volunteer and faith-based organizations to complete volunteer activities.

Expand green infrastructure along Lake Superior in Duluth, MN by helping neighborhoods combat household flooding with educational outreach and infrastructure practices

Ecolibrium3 is a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to “lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future.” Ecolibrium3 works on all aspects of resilience building including housing, energy, resource management, economic development, and health, and is the convening organization in low-income neighborhoods along Duluth’s St. Louis River. In collaboration with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Ecolibrium3 is working to help individual homes and neighborhood blocks in underserved communities become more resilient to flood events and reduce damaging impacts from extreme precipitation events. 

This collaboration is part of a larger partnership, known as the Great Lakes One Water Partnership, which will offer guidance and support throughout the appointment. The overall mission of the Great Lakes One Water Partnership is to increase civic engagement, resilience awareness, and innovation capability for communities around the Laurentian Great Lakes. For the Lake Superior team in particular (the team you will be working with), our mandate is to prepare communities for extreme precipitation events, accelerate the use and adoption of innovative green and grey water infrastructure, and create communities resilient to large coastal storm events.

The VISTA will conduct a landscape analysis within marginalized socio-economic neighborhoods of Duluth to identify the needs of these communities in developing rain ready housing, apply for funding opportunities to implement solutions, and coordinate collaboration with community stakeholders. 

Member Duties: 

1) Conduct neighborhood assessment in Duluth, MN and host community-wide meetings regarding household flooding; 

2) establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations and individuals; 

3) apply for funding opportunities to fund project implementation and prioritize and scale actionable items; 

4) implement rain ready housing action items within a neighborhood of Duluth, MN; 

5) present results of landscape analysis and project implementation at local and regional conferences/meetings.

Empower the Black community by reconstructing cultural and socio-economic narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black. Join a team offering alternative education programs and connecting our community to resources and opportunity.

The Family Freedom Center seeks to empower the Black community by reconstructing cultural and socio-economic narratives and unapologetically embracing what it means to be Black, both historically and present day. Family Freedom Center will do this by exploring alternative means of education and providing resources that bridge the gap between community and students. This bridge will engage members of the organization with love, respect, guidance, knowledge, and pride. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will work directly with our Executive Director and staff, our elder outreach program, our youth outreach program, building up our web presence, and exploring and identifying grant opportunities that fall line with Family Freedom Center’s organizational mission.

VISTA members will be on ground zero when it comes to re-evaluating, creating and re-booting the Family Freedom Center’s online platform. It is Family Freedom Centers goal and vision to create an interactive platform that allows members in a user-friendly manner to connect with Family Freedom Center on various online platforms. That will allow FFC members to receive and get information about various programming opportunities, as well as crucial local updates and services. VISTA members will research, study, and write grants that fall under the mission and goals of Family Freedom Center and the programming opportunities provided by the organization.

Family Rise Together Development Coordinator VISTA, Family Rise Together, Duluth, MN

Family Rise Together is looking for a self-motivated VISTA to improve its mission of providing support for fathers and bringing families together.  Grow an organization through organizational development, fundraising, and project management.

Family Rise Together is looking for a self-motivated VISTA to improve its mission of providing support for fathers and bringing families together. 

Family Rise Together (FRT) is nonprofit in Duluth, MN guided by the philosophy and teaching of self-determination, personal control, and increased finances. The purpose of FRT is to help strengthen the family unity by engaging fathers in their children’s lives to establish family values, social roles and participation in the community. The work of Family Rise Together serves the most vulnerable members of our community by developing community relationships and empowering families to overcome the challenges of poverty, housing, and recidivism. 

The Development Coordinator VISTA will be responsible for building the capacity of a fast-growing organization to improve its procedures, marketing and fundraising capabilities. The organization is entering into larger grant partnerships and potential government contracts and this VISTA will be integral to streamlining reporting, fundraising, and grant management. The VISTA will also work with the development of an affordable housing project that will serve vulnerable community members and assist in the creation of safe neighborhoods. 

Member Duties : 

1. Analyze operations for deficits and gaps of efficiency and look for improvement opportunities to organize services to low-income community members. a. Conduct analysis of existing programs and future projects. b. Develop relationships with FRT community and partners. c. Research nonprofit best practices in concern of housing development. 

2. Build the capacity and develop resources for FRT to achieve its mission to support affordable family units. a. Create a grant management system and systems for tracking and reporting. b. Design a fundraising event and campaign for FRT projects 

3. Assist in developing marketing and communications to build organizational awareness and program reach to vulnerable community members. a. Develop a marketing and communications plan for FRT programs. b. Market the service and work that the Family Rise Together offers to BIPOC communities and consumers and what it means to the community economically, environmentally and more

Serve on the Fond du Lac Reservation to enhance tribal food sovereignty and build an Agricultural Division in the Tribal Planning Office.

VISTA members will be serving on the Fond du Lac Reservation working on the Band’s food sovereignty efforts and the development of a new Agricultural Division. Activities will include program development, Tribal based trainings, grant writing and attending meetings to coordinate and support Tribal efforts to address poverty-related food insecurity. The VISTA member will be based in the Fond du Lac Reservation’s Planning Division and will work with all divisional staff throughout their term. There will be other opportunities to work on other types of projects such as transportation and comprehensive planning and grant writing. Some travel to offsite trainings may occur. The project site, located in the Sawyer, MN, is a thirty-six-acre farm that will be the initial core of activities as well as potential onsite housing, with opportunities in other locations on the Reservation.

Member Duties :

1. Research innovative food programs that use small agricultural properties to support education, economic development and food production,

2. Develop components for a business plan that could be implemented at various agricultural properties to expand community garden projects to other underserved tribal members

3. Develop recommendations for structure of an Agricultural Division using input from staff, tribal members, and research.

4. Assist with developing programming that is listed as priorities in the Local Foods Strategic Plan and Food Sovereignty Assessment.

5. Educate community on Food Sovereignty Efforts through a marketing campaign using Print, Social, Electronic and Radio Media outlets including development of a media guide for future use.

Work collaboratively with public health, community-based organizations, and local leaders to address health inequity and ensure all people across NE MN have what they need to be healthy.

Healthy Northland, a collaborative effort across seven counties in NE MN, seeks to improve the quality of life and health of all people in NE MN.  Supported by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) through the Minnesota Department of Healthy, Healthy Northland aims to address health inequities through policy, system, and environmental change. 

The Healthy Northland Health Equity VISTA member will work closely with public health staff at local, regional, and state levels to become an expert in health equity research, resources, and best practices. Then the VISTA member will apply this knowledge to local efforts addressing health inequities across the Healthy Northland region. The VISTA member will support health equity efforts at all levels of public health (local, regional, and state) as well as to add capacity to locally driven efforts across the region. The VISTA member will engage with local communities to ensure that all people in NE MN have what they need to be healthy.  

While based at the Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis County Community Health Board (CCLS CHB) in Duluth, the VISTA member will have the unique opportunity to work across several public health programs and establish connections across region and state. The work is expected to be varied and dynamic to meet the needs of local communities. Through this role the VISTA member will refine their skills while acquire new tools to help build thriving communities. 

 

Member Duties : 

  1. Build capacity, trust, and partnerships in a variety of ways towards establishing long-term relationships to address health inequities.
  2. Conduct research into health equity data, interpret data and develop resources.
  3. Complete needs assessments and engage local communities in collaboration with public health and community partners to document barriers to health equity. 
  4. Create region specific resources and serve as a local expert to assist local healthy equity efforts. 
  5. Lead opportunities for individuals and communities to learn about health equity and collaborate to address inequities. 
  6. Add capacity in a variety of ways to locally driven efforts to build health equity (e.g., program design and evaluation; data collection and analysis; social media campaigns, website design and communications; create reports, resources, templates, and guides; facilitate community engagement efforts; grant writing support)
  7. Host difficult conversations and manage potential conflict with finesse. 
  8. Work independently and take initiative with project development.
  9.  Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively. 
 

Are you a creative, self-starter looking to make an impact with youth? Join us to learn about mentoring and the behind the scenes work that’s done to run effective programs and new initiatives.

Mentor North provides high quality one-on-one community based mentoring programming based on the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring (4th Ed.). Mentor North supports four programs: Mentor Duluth, Mentor Superior, Five Points, and Mutual Mentoring. Mentor North believes in the dignity of all people. Our goal is to create a vibrant and inclusive mentorship community. To learn more about Mentor North, please visit us at mentornorth.org or find us on social media.

The Mentor North Organizational and Capacity Building VISTA will lead Mentor North’s initiatives on mentor recruitment to make high quality, community based mentoring relationships. The position will lead recruitment efforts and will engage prospective and new mentors for training and onboarding. The VISTA will also have the opportunity to build and maintain a new mentoring initiative – Club Mentoring. The VISTA’s work will ultimately focus on breaking generational poverty by coordinating meaningful community connections through mentor relationships. 

The VISTA will have three overarching objectives: 

1) Recruit new mentors for the community based programs by intentionally reaching out to clubs, organizations, colleges, and businesses 

2) Create and build the Club Mentoring initiative that connects group mentoring opportunities to waitlist youth, and 

3) Facilitate incoming mentors screening and application processes and coordinate mentor training initiatives.

Serve refugees and immigrants in our community by building trainings for sustainable business development skills, helping increase local food access in rural Minnesota.

New Roots, which is located near Dilworth, MN is currently supporting 15 farmers or farm families, 14 of which are New Americans from Bhutan, Congo or Burundi. New Roots is sponsored by Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, a ND nonprofit with a regional sustainable farming membership base primarily in ND, SD, and MN. Headquartered in Moorhead, NPSAS promotes sustainable food systems through education, advocacy, and research. These food systems work to address rural poverty through building strong networks and capacity among immigrant communities. 

The VISTA will be primarily focused on developing program materials, resource lists, and business development curriculum to serve refugee and immigrant farmers as they develop their businesses. The VISTA member will work with NPSAS staff to provide individualized coaching and assistance to each farmer and use these coaching experiences to develop a model framework and curriculum that can be replicated in other communities. 

In some cases, the coach will work with the assistance of an interpreter. Additional barriers for some farmers include literacy in either English or their native language. The ideal Farm Business Development Coach will be an individual who complements their basic knowledge of bookkeeping systems and use of simple systems such as an Excel spreadsheet with a genuine interest in assisting others to attain their goals. Flexibility and goodwill are required, since some or most of the communication will also include the additional barriers associated with use of technology such as Zoom.

Member Duties

1) Survey and interview beginning farmers to understand skills, previous experience, and needs regarding the development of a business plan. 

2) Assist in training each individual with NPSAS staff; identify training resources to support an individualized goal planning process; develop a toolkit of available resources that includes addressing learning barriers such as English language proficiency and literacy. 

3) Recruit and match participants to volunteers and facilitate farmer connection to SCORE Volunteers; Minnesota Department of Agriculture; USDA Farm Service Agency regional/local staff. 

4) Develop communications strategies to highlight NPSAS’ work, Coordinate photo documentation and filming aligned with NPSAS and New Roots communication strategies 

5) Develop a took-kit to inform replication, covering training, resources, and land leasing for replication in other communities.

Work with Johns Hopkins in partnership with tribal communities to design public health programs that raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native peoples.

The Center for American Indian Health works in partnership with tribal communities to design public health programs that raise the health status, self-sufficiency,and health leadership of Native people to the highest possible level. This VISTA position will be with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for American Indian Health, Great Lakes Hub, in Duluth, MN. Based in the Department of International Health of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for American Indian Health supports public health interventions designed for and by Native peoples. The Center has offices in tribal communities across Arizona and New Mexico as well as a Great Lakes Hub serving tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and along the shared border with Canada. With nearly 40 years of collaboration with Native American tribes, the Center supports public health interventions in more than 140 tribal communities in over 20 states. These partnerships have achieved landmark public health breakthroughs credited with saving millions of children’s lives worldwide.

The VISTA will work with a team of interdisciplinary social scientists on community-based participatory research (CBPR) through authentic teamwork. Respect and reliability are core values of this research team.

Member Duties :

1) Gain awareness of community-based participatory research through literature, meeting attendance, and ethics trainings;

2) coordinate and/or assist with community outreach, tribally-based trainings and events, and program administration;

3) enhance the impact of the Great Lakes Hub by assisting with data collection, data dissemination, and grant preparation activities, and

4) build capacity of the Great Lakes Hub administrative team by building new structures to support and recruit team members and streamline administrative tasks.

Support equitable access to training and education in the historic preservation of Minnesota’s buildings by building organizational capacity and community programming.

Northern Bedrock’s mission is to develop enduring workforce and life skills through service learning in historic preservation and community stewardship. The VISTA will increase organizational capacity to provide equitable access historic preservation training and education by developing engaging, community-focused programming. Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps was developed to address two converging needs: 1) an aging stock of historic structures and landscapes in need of maintenance and repair, and, 2) create a pathways for young adults into the preservation trades workforce. Northern Bedrock utilizes a corps model to address these two converging needs through a historic preservation AmeriCorps program. The VISTA will collaboratively develop new programming models that focus on promoting community-focused heritage stewardship projects and providing equitable access to historic preservation and restoration resources. Community focused historic preservation programming can alleviate the costs of homeownership, stimulate local economies, and empower communities by promoting the visibility of unique cultural identities.

Member Duties : The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps VISTA will:

1) Collaboratively develop a Historic Preservation Ambassador Program. The Ambassador program will connect historic preservation professionals with neighborhoods looking to revitalize their local communities. 

2) Cultivate relationships with local communities to develop NB C.A.N. Do! – a network of historic preservation professionals. 

3) Develop a list of historic preservation professionals, resources, education, and hands-on training opportunities to increase access to historic preservation resources. 

4) Assist with planning, advertising, and promoting NBHPC Historic Preservation outreach. 

6) Assist with program evaluation and reporting. 5) Research and assist with the development and management of grant funded initiatives.

OACC’s VISTA will inspire, support, measure/evaluate, and document local engagement across numerous creative mediums to build ‘locally inspired arts activated’ regional community development.

The Carleton region, although economically challenged, is full of creative, generous, engaged people and organizations with varying resources to support such endeavors including: the Free Range Film Festival, Oshkii Giizhik Singers, County Seat Theater, Agate Music Series, Heart Berry Contemporary Ojibwe Design, Dragon Fire Ceramics, Spectrum Berry Farm, R&R Honey, and Fond du Lac 13 Moons, authors releasing books, musicians producing festivals and concerts, SWCD creating pollinator gardens, food producers working with Community Memorial Hospital to nourish patients, Fond du Lac Tribal College bringing in world-class ecologists, and Jay Cooke State Park hosting candlelight skiing and snowshoeing, to name a few. By listening to creative folks discuss their hopes and dreams, Oldenburg Arts and Cultural Community (OACC) understood what we were supposed to do: figure out how creatives could best work together to all make a good living and, how creatives’ insights can enhance our region’s quality of life, strengthen the economy, and well-being. 

This was the start of OACC and the underlying concept behind the Minogitoon Collective that “when creatives thrive, their communities prosper.” OACC seeks to propel this concept with greater intensity and intention utilizing the added staff/program capacity to inspire, support, measure/evaluate, and document local engagement across numerous creative mediums to build ‘locally inspired arts activated’ regional community development that is rooted in and fostered from the creative community’s needs and desires. The Minogitoon Collective Community Liaison VISTA will “grow it well” and manage through collaboration and activation this vision of economic development aimed at improving community vibrancy across the Fond du Lac Reservation and Carlton County leading to sustainable, inclusive, equitable and healthy prosperity for all our residents.

Member Duties: 

1) Assess current processes for volunteer supported program engagement and delivery. 

2) Expand community awareness of the Minogitoon Collective; build understanding of the effectiveness of creative community development in low income rural communities. 

3) Support local creatives’ efforts to grow their businesses through Minogitoon Collective’s virtual and real-time promotional efforts and markets. 

4) Support Minogitoon Collective’s membership, sponsorship and grant-seeking efforts by building strong and successful relationships, maintaining communications with constituents, and collaborating with staff and volunteers. 

5) Support documentation and assessment efforts to report impact and lessons learned to funders, partners and elected officials. 

6) Advocate for creative community development as a sustainable, equitable and inclusive approach to addressing rural poverty and strengthening community resilience.

“Hunger is not an issue of charity, It is an issue of justice” Jacques Diouf. Join a team designing agricultural solutions to hunger in NE Minnesota.

Our team looks forward to working with you and coordinating our work and passion around Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems as this relates to eaters and farmers justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. On the ground relief with long term solutions is our goal! Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP) is a unique citizen empowered experiment to connect communities in Northeast Minnesota to the University of Minnesota’s resources. Our work uses a lens of sustainability within four focus areas; Agriculture and Food Systems, Clean Energy, Natural Resources and Resilient Communities. This VISTA member will focus on Agriculture and Food Systems to work on building a more just, equitable and sustainable food system. To address food hunger, food access, and farmer income issues that especially affect low income people in urban and rural areas, the Northeast RSDP Vista initiative will help build enduring capacity and rich collaboration with the areas of need in Duluth, adjoining towns and rural areas including Aitkin, Pine and Itasca Counties along with the Iron Range and North Shore Communities. The position will unite current efforts by bringing the rural and urban food people together to better coordinate the work to a land based, caring system of food production and access. What you bring to this table of work, will be valued and nurtured as we strive for direct impact! Impact that empowers all involved as we create a new way of being in a world we want to live in! Together!

Member Duties :

1) Develop an understanding of food access issues with on-the-ground organization embedded in the work. Conduct informational interviews with low-income members of the regional communities, farmers, related organizations, local University and community champions working in the local food and farming movement. Support the Northland Food Network and help build lasting leadership within the group.

2) Identify models (local, regional, state, national and international) that work to alleviate hunger, models of successful food access options and models of locally owned and produced food systems with an assumption of being equitable, just and sustainable.

3) Work with existing projects and groups including the St. Mark Giving Garden/Food Access, Land Access Alliance, Lincoln Park Food Access, SFA Income Diversification Initiative.

Coordinate fair and affordable housing solutions in Northeaster Minnesota with the dynamic team with the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership!

To address access to housing you will work with the Northeast RSDP’s unique approach of a citizen empowered experiment within the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. 

You will create and increase cross-pollination between communities in Northeast Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s resources. Your work with this initiative will help build enduring capacity and rich collaboration with the areas of need in Duluth, adjoining towns and rural areas including Aitkin, Pine and Itasca Counties along with the Iron Range and North Shore Communities. The community engagement and whole-community systems approach and partnerships will attempt to bring together the many different individuals, communities and organizations working separately on this issues, creating efficient systems and coordinating impact to our regions most vulnerable populations. 

Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP) is a unique citizen empowered experiment to connect communities in Northeast Minnesota to the University of Minnesota’s resources. Our work uses a lens of sustainability within four focus areas; Agriculture and Food Systems, Clean Energy, Natural Resources and Resilient Communities. This VISTA member will focus on Resilient Communities to work on building a more just, equitable and sustainable housing. Our team looks forward to working with you and coordinating our work and passion around resilient communities and housing as they relate to justice, equity, dignity and inclusion.

Member Duties : 

1) Develop an understanding of housing issues with organization embedded in the work. 

2) Conduct informational interviews with low-income members of the regional communities, homeowners and related organizations, local University and community champions working in the housing movement. Support the emerging groups and housing initiatives with an eye to real and lasting solutions that address a diversity of physical, sociological and ecological goals. 

3). Identify models (local, regional, state, national and international) that work to address housing access models and models of wealth building through housing systems with the goals of building a more equitable, just and sustainable housing solution. 

4) Work with existing projects and groups including Maji ya Chai Land Sanctuary, Show & Tell Green New Deal Housing Pilot, Trans-formative Solutions for Innovative Community Impact Housing and work to broaden housing resources to the regions rural communities.

On beautiful Lake Superior, work with an arts and community development organization to build long term systems change, creating more inclusive, sustainable, and creative communities.

Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community builds inclusive, creative, sustainable social systems in people, institutions, and communities. That means taking down systems of oppression, piece by piece, in creative ways. In their place, Zeitgeist builds connections to more inclusive, sustainable, and creative systems that address the cultural, social, and economic determinants of health in long-lasting, cycle-breaking ways. 

To achieve those goals, the VISTA member will work with Zeitgeist’s Community Development Director to conduct community engagement and integrate arts and cultural strategies into community programs including Healthy Hillside (an effort to reduce health disparities and build community vision in the Hillside neighborhood), Places for People (a program that cultivates placemaking, neighborhood design, and equitable transportation to increase neighborhood vitality) with a focus on 6th Ave East Reimagined Project and active transportation events like Bus, Bike Walk , and the Duluth Story Project (a theatrical project to collect and present stories from Duluth’s under-represented communities about their experience of COVID-19 and racial injustice as a platform for healing, connection and social change); identify and develop news ways for our restaurant and movie theater to serve the community post pandemic; and support the internal development and training of the systems and evaluation of these strategies to sustain them into the future. 

 

Member Duties : 

1.) Work with the Community Development Director and Manager to support current community outreach and engagement activities and to help integrate arts and culture into community initiatives and programs to advance long term policies, systems, and environment change. 

2.) During the pandemic, the Zinema and Cafe programs were paused. As we look to the future there is an opportunity to rebuild these programs in a way that better fits the new reality of theaters and restaurants as well as better meets our own mission in serving the community. Work with Program Staff to identify, develop, and implement strategies to serve the community through these social enterprise programs. 

3.) Integrate Zeitgeist Systems, Policies, Practices and Evaluation.

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