Interested in Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA members expand the capacity of local organizations and government agencies to address intractable community issues. The Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps uses its depth of community knowledge to identify which levers will produce the largest impact on reducing poverty and building community resiliency, sustainability, and equity in Northeastern Minnesota. We have filled all of our year-long VISTA positions starting August 2020. However, we welcome you to view all of our 2020-21 VISTA positions. Learn more about Ecolibrium3’s AmeriCorps VISTA program or the benefits of being an AmeriCorps VISTA member.
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.
VISTA will work with the City of Duluth Sustainability Officer to research, plan, and conduct engagement activities that help to identify and implement actions and policies that advance sustainability and more equitably serve Duluth residents and neighborhoods. Major efforts and supporting tasks include: Perform research and improve metrics around energy and sustainability by gathering data on potential projects, analyzing and improving metrics, and researching examples and lessons learned from other cities’ progress. o Assess need for program development and engagement o Research and identify policy updates to advance sustainability and equity o Assist with data analysis/improvements in energy metrics and reporting o Complete energy use analysis and greenhouse gas emission data collection o Research energy disclosure program development and results in other cities o Develop strategies for GreenStep Cities metrics reporting o Develop priorities for sustainability and climate action work planning that reduce inequities, as identified in the Duluth Climate Vulnerability Assessment Program planning and delivery related to sustainability goals in the Imagine Duluth 2035 Comprehensive Plan by assisting with program development and delivery that support implementation of sustainability-related goals, including: o Plan and host energy-related programs and events o Attend and present at community events o Create partnerships to engage and support youth in energy and sustainability topics o Contribute to grant writing to engage residents and businesses on energy topics o Support planning and development of educational workshops to engage our community around green industries and work force development issues Engaging residents to help prioritize sustainability and climate action work plans by conducting engagement and outreach in Duluth. o Listen to community member feedback to develop sustainability and energy stories, progress, and challenges.
Member Duties : 1) Perform research around energy and sustainability by gathering data on potential projects, improving metrics, and researching best practices 2) Assist in program development and delivery that supports implementation of the Imagine Duluth 2035 Comprehensive Plan’s sustainability-related goals 3) Attend and present at community events to support conversations around energy and sustainability issues 4) Create and continue partnerships to engage and support youth in energy and sustainability topics 5) Contribute to grant writing to engage residents and businesses on energy topics 6) Develop of educational workshops to engage our community around green industries and work force development issues 7) Engage residents to help prioritize sustainability and climate action work plans 8) Contribute to energy and sustainability engagement and outreach in Duluth by listening to community member feedback to develop sustainability and energy stories, progress, and challenges
Community Action Duluth’s mission is to empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty. As an AmeriCorps VISTA member you will work directly with our natural resources team in Seeds of Success, our food access programming, as well the Duluth Stream Corps, our programming that improves stream and forest health in the city of Duluth while engaging individuals in learning job skills. VISTA members will work predominately with Seeds of Success, a program focused on increasing access to fresh and healthy food in Duluth. Mostly working in the Lincoln Park and Central Hillside neighborhoods, Seeds operates two food access-focused summer farmers markets, one winter farmers market and will be developing a new Mobile Market program in 2020. The VISTA member will help to develop and implement the new Mobile Market program to further support neighborhoods challenged by food insecurity- as situation exacerbated by COVID-19. Duluth Stream Corps works with a variety of government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses to improve our stream and forest health in the city of Duluth. Duluth Stream Corps works in the field to remove invasive species and in the community to educate citizens about ecosystem health. Duluth Stream Corps has served as a model for transitional employment, providing training opportunities and supports while providing Duluth with important green infrastructure implementers. VISTA member will be part of the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all cohort members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular cohort meetings, collaborative projects, professional development opportunities, and trainings. Additionally, cohort members will jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design.
Member Duties : 1. Engage the community to spread awareness of and involvement with the new Mobile Market program 2. Create and implement a marketing plan for the Mobile Market to ensure that it is used by the Duluth community, particularly low-income Duluthians 3. Develop surveys and collect data on programming to track progress and ensure effectiveness 4. Research future funding opportunities to help sustain programming 5. Support Seeds of Success’ on-site farmers markets 6. Engage with local stakeholders including residents, local non-profits, and business owners 7. Research best practices for increasing food access in Duluth 8. Expand community outreach of Duluth Stream Corps to provide additional employment opportunities by developing community training modules. 9. Conduct program data analysis for Duluth Stream Corps to enhance effectiveness.
Join a dynamic arts organization in revitalizing a low-income community. Grow skills in community outreach, communications, research, and technology as you build capacity to creatively address poverty.
The Duluth Art Institute (DAI) is a dynamic organization impacting the lives of community members through the arts, leadership training, and empowering low-income residents and residents of color to create healthy, active, sustainable neighborhoods and lives. DAI works with artists to expand economic success and youth to develop the next generation of community leaders. DAI engages in creative placemaking as a strategy to expand partnerships with private, non-profit and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of our community. The DAI VISTA will support expanding capacity to engage the community, research best practices, and increase financial capacity for innovative programming. The selected member will also participate in the 24-member Ecolibrium3 VISTA cohort operating throughout northeastern Minnesota. Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps members build capacity in critical organizations that are advancing community resilience in the areas of housing, economic development, disaster preparedness, health and food access, and energy.
- Build and maintain good relations with partners and stakeholders
- Expand capacity for fundraising and developing strategic relationships
- Develop a strong communications plan including press releases, brochures and other marketing materials
- Attend community outreach events which includes trade shows and other venues such as universities, clubs, and civic groups
- Conduct formal and informational presentations on behalf of the organization
- Collect data and information for strategic use such as collecting and analyzing data on local demographics.
Experience in the use of institutional databases, public access sites, and primary research such as market research questionnaires would be an advantage. The coordinator is expected to analyze data and develop results and conclusions. Industry knowledge, statistical and technological skills, and the ability to communicate results clearly and efficiently to a varied audience are required.
With disasters becoming more common in our lives, build your skills to make a difference by working with a network of community leaders preparing for and mitigating disasters, and planning recovery.
The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation is a member of the 10-state Philanthropic Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Partnership. Through this partnership, the Community Foundation has convened community leaders across multiple sectors with the goal of building capacity to mitigate the impact of, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Focus is particularly on increasing the disaster resilience of community members experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental and physical disabilities, and language barriers. This group of community leaders has formed the Ready North network with the goal of increasing disaster resilience, particularly among our most vulnerable community members. The VISTA will build the capacity of this network and further its goal by strengthening and establishing whole-community systems and partnerships. With the leadership of the VISTA, these systems and partnerships will focus on communicating disaster mitigation and preparedness tools, and building capacity for comprehensive preparedness and recovery. This work will be founded on the VISTA engaging with community partners to analyze gaps and implement solutions to mitigate the impacts of disasters, especially among community members potentially facing the most harm from disasters. Utilizing and building upon skills in leadership, community engagement, communications and community assessment, the VISTA will collaborate with members of the network to strengthen the disaster resilience and capacity of individuals, organizations and community. The impacts of this work are potentially life-altering. The VISTA member will be one of 24 Ecolibrium3 Resilience Corps cohort members serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, cohort members will also jointly complete community service projects.
Member Duties: Applying skills in leadership, community engagement, communications and community assessment, the VISTA will collaborate with members of the network to
1) Utilize data and best practices to understand gaps and solutions for mitigating the impacts of disasters, especially among community members facing the most harm (e.g., families experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental and physical disabilities, or language barriers)
2) Strengthen the multi-sector community disaster resiliency network by establishing network agreements and implementing network best practices across working groups, including through communications
3) Increase the disaster preparedness and resilience of the community, especially among organizations serving community members who potentially face the most harm from disasters, by developing a comprehensive preparedness campaign and publishable disaster recovery campaign, as well as communicating disaster mitigation and preparedness tools.
The Duluth Children’s Museum believes that children need free play time to discover new things about themselves and the world around them. Our exhibits are designed with little instruction to give kids the freedom to find their own solutions. Programs and exhibits provide opportunities for children to try out their passions, to test their own abilities, and to explore new topics. Our spaces are designed to encourage imaginations. Dress up, pretend, invent stories and songs. There are no limits to how you play! As fun as we make learning, we know we are in a serious business. There is an opportunity gap experienced by families with lower incomes that can often result in loss of learning during school breaks and with the current pandemic, placing these children even further behind. Ecolibrium3 is a locally-based nonprofit organization with a mission to lead and inspire change in our community toward and equitable and sustainable future. We accomplish this mission through innovation, integration, and inspiration. We serve as the neighborhood convening organization in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, working on all aspects of sustainable revitalization and community resilience. We excel at understanding the high level challenges and then designing and implementing programs, partnerships, and projects that address those issues. Our work builds opportunities in our community through ongoing dedication, professionalism, and relationship building. We seek a passionate individual dedicated to increasing youth access to creative educational opportunities. This VISTA position focused on bringing regionally focused culture, arts, and STEAM learning to under-served families. The position will build on the museum’s foundation of exhibits, programming, and outreach by securing new partnerships, mobilizing volunteers, and piloting new learning activities as well as Ecolibrium3’s human-centered design place based approach to informal education.
Member Duties: 1. Assist with development of standards based curriculum and tools to evaluate learning 2. Pilot daily programs with children and families 3. Build partnerships with community agencies and businesses 4. Recruit, train, orient, and expand resources available to program volunteers 5. Connect with families and community agencies to understand needs and barriers to accessing museum programming 6. Assist with coordinating monthly events, outreach to schools and community sites, and other initiatives 7. Conduct assessment looking at educational access and equity in Duluth 8. Support development of Outside the Box program introducing middle school students to concepts of design and trade-related careers 9. Advance faces of STEM campaign to increase awareness of informal STEM careers and enhance STEAM identity in middle school youth 10. Support leadership at formal and informal educational institutions in Duluth to expand access to low income youth and families
Increase access to healthy food for low-income Duluthians through community outreach, food systems building, garden education, and volunteer management. Join us on the shores of Lake Superior!
Increase healthy food access for low-income residents while growing your skills in community outreach, food systems building, research, volunteer management, education, and marketing. The Local Food Systems Coordinator VISTA will work collaboratively at the Duluth Community Garden Program and with the Local Foods Local Places initiative to increase food access for low income residents in Lincoln Park and strengthening the local food system. The Duluth Community Garden Program (DCGP), started in 1977, works to cultivate healthy neighborhoods by providing access to land, resources, and community. DCGP stewards 21 community gardens across the city of Duluth, renting out over 200 garden plots which provide fresh produce to over 900 individuals. About 45% of DCGP gardeners identify as low income. The DCGP VISTA will build organizational capacity to offer quality educational programming on gardening and food preservation topics to support low income community gardeners. The VISTA will also build upon and improve systems to help recruit, train, manage, and retain volunteers for garden projects, events, and organizational committees. These objectives will improve DCGP’s effectiveness in our anti-poverty and equity work. The Local Foods Local Places (LFLP) initiative seeks to increase access to healthy and locally available foods in Lincoln Park, a Duluth neighborhood that qualifies as a USDA-certified food desert. This initiative has roots in the LFLP Food Summit, which took place in Fall 2019 with the EPA, local leadership, neighborhood organizations, and people who care about local food. A plan was created that focused on identifying viable land and potential land use in Lincoln Park, increasing resident access to and knowledge of local and nutritious foods, and possible creative ideas to address needs of the community around local food. The VISTA member will work on implementation of the established LFLP plan.
- Research best practices for an organization of DCGP’s size, capacity, and mission
- Build upon DCGP’s volunteer recruitment and training efforts
- Create and implement a volunteer recognition and retention program
- Grow and enhance DCGP’s gardening and food preservation education programming
- Create and implement a marketing plan for these activities to ensure that programs are used by the Duluth community, particularly low income Duluthians
- Engage with local stakeholders including farmers, business owners, and residents
- Conduct landscape asset analysis of Lincoln Park neighborhood
- Create spatial analysis of land in Lincoln Park and identify potential high-impact uses of available land
- Research best practices for increasing food access in low-income semi-urban environments
- Iterate and track implementation of LPFP action plan
Ecolibrium3’s mission is to lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future. We accomplish this mission through innovation, integration, and inspiration in three areas of focus. The first is serving as the neighborhood convening organization in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, working on all aspects of sustainable revitalization that advances opportunities for residents and businesses. The second is a focus on community resilience including aspects of energy transition, housing stock improvement, economic security, and health. The third is bringing capacity to our community through the Eco3 VISTA program. We excel at understanding the high level challenges and then designing and implementing programs, partnerships, and projects that address those issues. Our work builds opportunities in our community through ongoing dedication, professionalism, and relationship building. We seek a VISTA member to assist with building energy program capacity in order to better our operations, streamline our processes, and enhance our community impact and outreach. The VISTA member will expand partnerships, communications, and community outreach to address energy poverty and healthy housing. The successful applicant will bring passion and a strategic approach to working in community. VISTA member will be part of the Eco3 VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all cohort members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular cohort meetings, collaborative projects, professional development opportunities, and trainings. Additionally, cohort members will jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design. If you desire a future career as a nonprofit professional or executive, this is the position for you.
Member Duties: The VISTA member will
1) Align community energy efficiency programs and services with other low-income providers and utilities to create a seamless service for those experiencing difficulty in obtaining or paying for basic services
2) Evaluate existing programs and develop comprehensive conservation program options targeted at low-income households (single, multi-family, renter, owner) in energy to alleviate energy poverty, utility shutoffs, and condemnation
3) Develop community education materials to support energy programs and environmental justice knowledge.
A master class in nonprofit admin-build systems to create community impact at an award winning, innovative organization tackling difficult issues. Join Ecolibrium3 on the shores of Lake Superior!
Ecolibrium3 is a locally-based nonprofit organization with a mission to lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future. We accomplish this mission through innovation, integration, and inspiration in three areas of focus. The first is serving as the neighborhood convening organization in Duluth’s low income neighborhood of Lincoln Park, working on all aspects of sustainable neighborhood revitalization that advances opportunities for vulnerable residents and businesses. The second is a focus on community resilience including aspects of energy transition, housing stock improvement, economic security, and health, particularly for low income individuals and families. The third is bringing capacity to our community through the Eco3 VISTA program that is dedicated to eradicating poverty. We excel at understanding the high level challenges and then designing and implementing programs, partnerships, and projects that address those issues. Our work builds opportunities in our community through ongoing dedication, professionalism, and relationship building. We seek a VISTA member to assist with building organizational capacity in order to better our operations, streamline our processes, and enhance our community impact and outreach. The VISTA member will work across all aspects of Ecolibrium3’s nonprofit operations and systems including, but not limited to, communications, website development, technology and database management, fundraising and grant writing, and equity and inclusion. This will enhance Ecolibrium3’s ability to better serve and expand initiates to more Lincoln Park residents in need. VISTA member will be part of the Eco3 cohort. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular meetings, trainings, joint community service project, etc. If you desire a future career as a nonprofit professional or executive, this is the position for you.
1. Conduct internal and external needs assessment identifying possible solutions to enhance programming to low income residents and internal operations
2. Develop communications content across multiple channels including digital newsletter, social media, website, YouTube channel, etc.
3. Analyze communications using qualitative and quantitative data to determine reach of campaigns and develop strategies for increasing followers, targeting key audiences (e.g. low SES families), and improve overall outreach
4. Identify and implement system for researching and managing grants
5. Assess fundraising strategy and implement first iteration of regular strategic fundraising for organization
6. Assist with implementation of internal systems including CRM database by managing data and scheduling or developing staff trainings based off of identified needs
7. Explore best practices for creating equitable spaces and programs resulting in action plan for increasing inclusivity
Revitalize a low-income neighborhood through creative placemaking and capacity building. Use economic development and design-thinking tools to innovate for change on the shores of Lake Superior!
Ecolibrium3 is a dynamic organization identifying and pulling the levers necessary for change in the under-resourced neighborhood of Lincoln Park in Duluth, MN. Lincoln Park has high poverty, levels of disability, educational disparities, and environmental justice concerns. However, it is a neighborhood with a palpable energy for improving the economic and health of its residents. Facing COVID-19 disruptions and next year’s launch of a large highway project, Lincoln Park needs an “all in” approach to continue its revitalization. Eco3 operates at the intersection of energy, equity, and ecovitality. This AmeriCorps VISTA position will use design and communication skills to engage with the community, identify program and project supports, and implement strategies to address poverty, blight, and community safety concerns. The member will expand partnerships, incorporate data, convene community processes, and find resources for the implementation of creative placemaking projects that build social cohesion and economic opportunity. Eco3 is a nationally recognized organization for building resilient communities and developing effective and innovative programs for replication in other communities. We excel because of the passion and commitment of our staff and VISTA members, our willingness to rapidly iterate solutions, and determination to develop cooperative solutions. Eco3 hosts VISTA members to accomplish our mission of inspiring and leading change toward an equitable and sustainable future. Eco3 VISTA is comprised of 30 VISTA members and summer associates working throughout northeastern Minnesota to tackle some of our regions most difficult problems. Although each member is placed at a site and completes their own projects, the Eco3 cohort will convene for group training, community service days, and development of one cooperative project.
Member Duties : The Eco3 Main Street LNPK Innovation Zone Developer will work with multiple stakeholders to improve the health, safety, and economic vitality of Lincoln Park. Specifically, the member will use urban planning, design, and economic development tools to expand opportunity for success of residents in a disadvantaged census block experiencing significant challenges. The member will establish systems to effectively manage the green and built environment to reduce public safety concerns, increase density of job opportunities, and build social cohesion among residents and businesses. This will be accomplished through data management, community engagement, training of residents, and creative placemaking project development. In addition, the member will use an ecosystems economic development approach to meet the needs of neighborhood residents by increasing access to jobs and technology, micro-enterprise support, and healthy food.
Apply design-thinking and urban planning skills to an equitable and sustainable redevelopment of Lincoln Park. Build capacity to address health and economic disparities on the shores of Lake Superior!
Ecolibrium3’s mission is to lead and inspire change in our community toward an equitable and sustainable future. We accomplish this mission through innovation, integration, and inspiration in three areas of focus. The first is serving as the neighborhood convening organization in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, working on all aspects of sustainable revitalization that advances opportunities for residents and businesses. The second is a focus on community resilience including aspects of energy transition, housing stock improvement, economic security, and health. The third is bringing capacity to our community through the Eco3 VISTA program. We excel at understanding the high level challenges and then designing and implementing programs, partnerships, and projects that address those issues. Our work builds opportunities in our community through ongoing dedication, professionalism, and relationship building. We seek a VISTA member to assist with building programmatic capacity to improve an economically and environmentally challenged neighborhood where residents (pre-COVID-19) face significant health disparities- dying on average 20 years earlier than other ares of Duluth. The successful applicant will show passion for people and places, emphasize approaches to co-create with residents, and bring professional skills and curiousity. The VISTA member will be part of the Eco3 VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all cohort members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular cohort meetings, collaborative projects, professional development opportunities, and trainings. Additionally, cohort members will jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design. If you desire a future career in community-centered design and project implementation, this position is for you!
The Eco3 LNPK Innovation Zone Developer will work to advance a healthy revitalization of Duluth’s most challenged census tract. The member will spearhead the implementation of a rapid rehousing project, build partnerships around blight removal, develop a block-by-block approach, and apply environmental sustainability and urban planning best practices to creatively improve a community. Essential to this position is the ability to develop relationships and community outreach systems, within the new COVID-19 environment, in order to authentically engage residents. This position will operate at the intersection of energy, equity, and eco-vitality. The member will increase community outreach, engage in volunteer recruitment for designed projects, expand partnerships with community-based organizations, and develop project and long-term funding systems.
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 will have 24 members working with city government 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 one other VISTA Leader (position rotates in August) and will ensure strong individual support to members and the development of a cohesive cohort. The VISTA Leader will build upon their previous AmeriCorps experience to create a rewarding experience for themselves, their members, and our program sites.
- Build the capacity of the Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps members, program, and community project sites to lift people out of poverty
- Expand member skills
- Generate greater awareness of AmeriCorps programs
- Build stronger connections between AmeriCorps programs in northeastern MN and between the program and VISTA office and programs
- Develop personalized professional development plans for VISTA cohort members
- Arrange training and cooperative learning opportunities
- Coordinate with VISTA office and program manager
- Project manage a joint cohort project
- Lead development of community service days and awareness campaign
- Develop strategies and improve systems (e.g. communications, financial plan, reporting system, recruitment strategy, etc.) to support VISTA members and the E3 VISTA Corps program
- Develop special capacity building project to advance anti-poverty work in Duluth
- Serve as project manager for cohort collaborative project.
Family Rise Together Minnesota (FRT) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing families together by strengthening family unity and engaging fathers in their children’s lives to establish values, social roles and participation in the community. We are guided by the philosophy and teaching of self-determination, personal control, and increased finances. We implement programming that supports the stability of families with fathers who have been incarcerated and are in the process of reentry as well as fathers who are single-parent households in need of community resources. We assist with housing, job skills, and community involvement. Our programming encourages fathers to spend multitudinous amounts of time with their children. We support who children are in a vicious cycle of recidivism in high numbers of school dropout rates, drug use, mental health facilities, child protection agencies case and foster care. We believe that as a community we must implement programs that will encourage the continuous involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and their communities. This VISTA member will engage in developing programs to strengthen family unity, build the internal capacity of FRT, evaluate organizational impact, and conduct strategic community outreach. We are looking for a VISTA who is a self-starter, motivated for local and national changes to address health-related aspects including mental health and chemical dependency illness, and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. This is a position perfect for someone interested in learning the ropes on how to start your own business or nonprofit organization. VISTA member will be part of the Eco3 VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota.
Member Duties: 1. Conduct internal and external organizational needs assessment identifying possible solutions to enhance programming and internal operations 2. Develop communications plans and content across multiple channels including digital newsletter, social media, website, etc. 3. Analyze communications using qualitative and quantitative data to determine reach of campaigns and develop strategies for increasing followers, targeting key audiences, and improve overall outreach 4. Identify and implement system for researching and managing grants 5. Create fundraising strategy and implement first iteration of regular strategic fundraising for organization 6. Assist with implementation of internal systems including by managing data and trainings based off of identified needs 7. Conduct community outreach with community members, stakeholders, and leaders
Promote Food Sovereignty by project planning, grant writing and conducting community outreach. Fond du Lac Band is a tribal community located 20 miles south of Duluth, MN.
The Food Sovereignty position with the Fond du Lac ban will offer an opportunity to see multiple perspectives throughout a Tribal community. This position will explore program development, grant development, volunteer recruitment and organizational and program evaluation. We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about creative community development. This person should be flexible in the type of work they will be participating in. The work will include building capacity with our Planning Division and partnering divisions to work collaboratively on the creation of an Agricultural Program for the Fond du Lac Band. The member will lead dissemination of food sovereignty efforts and build systems to make our work more powerful. Successful candidates will be comfortable in an office environment working in a shared space with others in a collaborative way. They will have basic computer skills and experience writing reports, papers or grants. They will engage with community members and be self-motivated and able to work independently. The expected work hours are generally Mon-Friday 8:00 – 4:30. There will be some nights and weekends, but there is flexibility to accommodate needs. The Fond du Lac Reservation is located next to Cloquet, MN just 20 miles southwest of the city of Duluth, MN. The Treaty of 1854 between the United States Government and the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa established the Reservation, comprised of 101,400 acres. The government is overseen by the Reservation Business Committee, comprised of five popularly elected officials. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has over 40 programs including, but not limited to, a K-12 School, Head Start and Early Head Start, Human Services and Social Services, Resource Management and Transportation. In addition to full government services, the Band also runs enterprises such as a gas station, two Casinos and a propane company. The VISTA will work under the direction of the Band’s Planning and Economic Development Division Director.
1) Increase food security among tribal members
2) Maximize learning and economic development opportunities for tribal members
3) Determine strategic structure and plan for agricultural and food security programs
4) Build program sustainability
Key activities include:
1) Research potential uses for Agricultural Properties
2) Research best practices for increasing economic opportunity through agriculture
3) Define organizational structure for an agricultural division
4) Assist in planning to implement the Local Foods Strategic Plan and educate the community on Food Sovereignty Efforts
The VISTA member will be one of 24 Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps cohort members serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, cohort members will also jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design.
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. Founded in 1991 and 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 (e.g., sociologists, psychologists, public health scholars), community members, and undergraduate RAs on exciting, federally funded health equity research initiatives in collaboration with American Indian and First Nations communities. Our group is committed to community-based participatory research (CBPR) through authentic teamwork. Respect and reliability are core values of this research team. VISTA member will be part of the Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA cohort serving in northeastern Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, all cohort members will participate in VISTA specific activities such as regular cohort meetings, collaborative projects, and trainings. Additionally, cohort members will jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design.
Member Duties: 1) Gaining awareness of community-based participatory research through literature, meeting attendance, and ethics trainings 2) Assisting team with community outreach and engagement activities related to public health research and programming 3) Contribute to written and visual reports for community and scientific audience dissemination 4) Lead and/or assist team members with public health and research program procedures, tribally-based trainings, pilot testing activities, and supply coordination 5) Potential contribution to COVID-19 response and outreach, including supply preparation and distribution (PPE, food, cleaning supplies, etc.)
Increase and deepen partnerships with organizations and volunteers to improve health and social connectedness among young families. Serve in a frontline community expanding equity and hope.
Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative is a non-profit in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth that works to support children and families by connecting them to resources and opportunities, embracing our cultures, and building community and well-being through strong and equitable leadership. We aim to do this by creating age and culturally appropriate, stimulating, safe, and welcoming environments for children and families to connect with LPCFC staff, volunteers, and each other. We organize programming, in collaboration with other organizations, businesses, and institutions that provide a variety of support for children and their caregivers. The LPCFC VISTA will ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of these programs through building and maintaining community partnerships, participating in fundraising and grant writing efforts, recruiting and managing volunteers, and assisting in other organizational needs.
1. Participate in LPCFC’s efforts in reaching, selecting and supporting volunteers, and assist in creating and/or revising policies and procedures to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of volunteer recruitment as needed
2. Participate in outreach systems and assist in building and maintaining partnerships with community organizations in order to enhance the quality and spread the word about LPCFC programs. Develop targeted marketing materials
3. Serve on Development Committee, which advises and assists the director and board with fundraising goals to support LPCFC programs
4. Assist the committee in developing resources to support fundraising efforts 5. Manage the Big Red Bookshelf program and facilitate the Big Red Bookshelf Coalition.
Lead mentor recruitment initiatives, creative marketing campaigns, and presentations. Network with the community, and create and update efficient internal office procedures to grow programs.
The Mentor North Capacity Building & Recruitment VISTA position will have several overarching goals: to increase mentor recruitment initiatives and successfully recruit more mentors and mentors of diverse backgrounds, and to increase organizational capacity by successfully moving from paper to online filing systems and re-organizing files in accordance with our Data Retention Policy. 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 has two programs; Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior. Together, the programs serve over 450 youth each year and currently have 165 active matches with 200 youth on the waitlist waiting to receive a mentor. Our mission is “to celebrate youth and support their families through one-on-one mentorship and community engagement”.
Member Duties: Lead creation, development, and implementation of a marketing campaign to recruit mentors.
1) Update social media calendar and research mentoring statistics to develop new posts to create a wider social media reach
2) Create presentations for “Lunch and Learns”
3) Engage and network with Duluth and Superior Chambers of Commerce to recruit mentors
4) Attend community events to build key critical relationships with businesses and nonprofits
5) Participate in current mentor screening and application processing by conducting initial interviews, making reference calls, running background checks, and attending mentor trainings
6) Implement internal office procedural steps for how to best utilize Civicore database
7) Create and maintain a donor database system through Civicore
8) Update matched and waitlist caseloads and provide reports at weekly staff meetings
9) Transition current staff’s filing systems online in accordance with the data retention policy
Advance your interest in public health by building capacity to reduce the harm caused by opioids in northeastern MN. Work with county health officials and build strong partnerships.
St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services has taken the lead in addressing the opioid epidemic in northeastern Minnesota. With one of the highest rates of overdose and opioid related deaths, St. Louis County is working with multiple partners to create effective prevention models in rural and urban environments. The Opioid Reduction VISTA will work in close collaboration with public health, universities, regional alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention programs, and nonprofit community partners to reduce morbidity/mortality from the opioid crisis. The two main areas of focus for the Opioid Reduction VISTA are to expand efforts to collect and properly dispose of unused medication and to grow community education and awareness programs. Under the Statewide Health Improvement Program’s Opioid Pilot Project, the VISTA member will increase community education & awareness on proper disposal of unused medication through identifying rural community events to partner with Take Back Events, collaborating with St. Louis County Environmental Services, identifying pharmacies in northeastern St. Louis County to promote disposal, and by increasing the number of drop off locations. Member capacity building for community education will include, presenting to local organizations about substance abuse issues- prevention, intervention, harm reduction, treatment options, and recovery efforts being worked on through collaborative groups. Education activities may also include: developing a student summit for local colleges and universities, building continuing education for prescribers and providers, partnering with local high schools in curriculum and program implementation to prevent substance abuse, and creating positive social norms messaging
Member Duties :
- Educate the public on unused medication disposal and develop an implementation plan for collection.
- Increase community awareness of how and why to use drop boxes.
- Develop and disseminate signs promoting drop box disposal use at pharmacies.
- Increase opportunities of unused medication disposal in rural St. Louis County Policy and Protocol Development
- Facilitate the completion of Naloxone Opioid Antagonist Protocols including attendance at Category 8 DHS State Targeted Response (STR) Grant Steering Committee meetings.
- Evaluation of community forum data- entering into spreadsheets and helping develop summaries.
- Research funding opportunities for community coalitions and assist in grant applications.
- Develop new and review existing planning and evaluation methods for future forums in St Louis and Carlton County
- Assist in conducting focus groups and assisting with data analysis.
Build a coalition of health care providers to build capacity of programs to address community health disparities.
Facilitate true collaboration among health care systems, public health, human services and the nonprofit sector in our community, a joint community health needs assessment process was developed and conducted in northeastern Minnesota. Organizations including St. Louis County Public Health, nonprofit hospitals Essential Health and St. Luke’s, Generations Health Care Initiatives, Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community, and Lake Superior Community Health Center, have aligned their resources, skills, expertise and interests to collaborate towards a healthier community. The project is designed to identify and reduce health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health.
In order to address the community health priorities (mental health, substance use, and social determinants of health) in St. Louis County, MN, the Ecolibrium3 VISTA Corps project will build capacity of St. Louis County’s Public Health and Human Services. The member will work with existing partnerships with local agencies to enhance coordination and support of community health promotion efforts.
1) support the development and growth of Bridging Health Duluth, a multisector community health assessment and planning Collaborative.
2) Build or improve Bridging Health Duluth processes around data, evaluation, and performance management.
3) Expand impact of Bridging Health Duluth through Community Engagement and Outreach planning and implementation.
4) Build personal skill and knowledge to serve as a countywide resource through successful completion and application of training.
Help develop a local food system in northeastern Minnesota by building a network coalition of local food leaders.
The Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP) is a unique citizen empowered experiment within Extension to create and increase cross-pollination between communities in Northeast Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s resources. The NERSDP community and University 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 along with Resilient Communities to work on building a more just, equitable and sustainable food system. The VISTA member, with the collaboration and mentorship of David Abazs, the executive director of the NERSDP will help build the capacity of the NE food systems network and further its goal by strengthening communication, coordination, people to people exchanges in partnership with all involved. This whole-community systems and partnerships approach will attempt to bring together the many different individuals, communities and organizations working separately on this issues. Utilizing and building upon VISTA members skills in leadership, community engagement with the widening network of understanding about the capacity of the University of Minnesota and within the active communities, the impacts of the work could be transformative and life changing. The skills of the VISTA member brings with them and the added life skills learned along the way, will provide for a full and rich experience. The VISTA member will be one of 24 Ecolibrium3 Resilience Corps cohort members serving in Northeast Minnesota. Although each member is serving in a unique position, cohort members will also jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design.
Member Duties: Applying skills in leadership, community engagement, communications and research, collaborate with individuals and organizations to:
1) Unite the groups and individuals working on agriculture and food system in NE Minnesota. With a focus on hunger, access and production issues, connect and coordinate urban and rural food system efforts, and increase the collective function
2) Lead a representative committee to coordinate information gathering, food systems education, food hunger and access, and production systems issues. Provide and increase organizational operations capacity with and for the group around group process, identifying collective goals and objectives, and developing a short and long term plan of action
3) Identify models 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. Economic assessments should accompany these models.
Collaborate with individuals, communities, and organizations connected to the work of building solutions around low-income housing concerns using leadership, engagement, communications, and research.
The Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP) is a unique citizen empowered experiment within Extension to create and increase cross-pollination between communities. With the NERSDP and UMN Design Lab, VISTA member will focus on Resilient Communities to work on building more just, equitable and sustainable housing in this regional collaborative, design/research, pilot project. The community engagement aspect of the project will further develop the low income housing network and further the goals of strengthening communication, coordination, people to people exchanges in partnership with all involved. This whole-community systems and partnerships approach will attempt to bring together the many different individuals, communities and organizations working separately on this issues. This VISTA position will provide this project a regional “point person” offering continuity between the institutions/organizations and the communities helping to create a statewide collaborative design/research pilot project that will co-develop affordable and resilient housing solutions across the state. The project will utilize both universal technological solutions developed by researchers as well as place specific design innovations developed with communities. The goal of this project is to create a set of shareable housing solutions that take advantage of Minnesota’s ecologic, economic, and cultural diversity. Communities across the state all face unique challenges, but together we also share the need for more affordable and more sustainable housing. All housing designs will be documented and undergo planning review by the State of Minnesota. Permit-ready plans for the different projects will be made available to the public to facilitate implementation by communities across the state. The VISTA member will be one of 24 Ecolibrium3 VISTA cohort members, and will jointly complete one community service project of their cooperative design.
1) Identifying, communicating, and building capacity and action plans with small, medium, and large communities across the region around options and opportunities for urban and rural housing design, construction, and social solutions. Within these community partnerships and with the help of the VISTA member, we will facilitate conversations with local contractors and building officials, provide local information about housing and demographics, and provide space to facilitate design workshops.
2) Developing a deeper working relationship with one community (that will be chosen by the broader collaborative team) to match development costs and provide land to build a housing prototype.
3) Building sustainable principles into the community engagement process and building design to make sure the results of this project are relevant and long lasting.
On beautiful Lake Superior, this VISTA will work at an arts and community development organization to build long term systems change to create 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. VISTA member will work to grow organizational capacity by designing, implementing and evaluating internal and external systems, processes, data collection, and evaluation tools to better cross-pollinate work throughout our organization and community. Zeitgeist’s current programs include, but aren’t limited to: -The Places for People Campaign – community development programming focusing on equitable transportation, neighborhood revitalization, creative placemaking, and community engagement practices and systems -Zinema 2 – an independent movie theater showing first-run and repertoire films of all kinds, and bringing diverse stories to NE MN. -Teatro Zuccone – a performance theater helping provide space for stories, cultural expression, and ideas from across the region and beyond. -Zeitgeist Arts Café – a restaurant providing opportunities to connect with each other over great food and drinks. -Renegade Theater Company – a mainstage and improv theater program designed to raise the voice of artists and tell stories that wouldn’t otherwise be told Each objective, assignment, and list of member activities offer the VISTA position a chance to engage directly in programming and build relationships with community members and program leaders. Through that experience, the position will gain clarity in the desired program outcomes and be better able to contribute to the work of building more integrated, sophisticated evaluative tools and processes.
1) Work with the Community Development Director to Design and Implement Internal and External Systems, Processes and Tools to advance community change.
2) Integrate Common Evaluative Tools and Systems Across All of Zeitgeist.
3) Integrate Zeitgeist Systems, Policies, and Practices
How to Apply or Get More Information:
If you would like more information check out these resources:
- AmeriCorps VISTA national website
- Current Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA members and host sites
- Contact Jodi at Ecolibrium3 with questions or inquiries
- Apply using the national AmeriCorps portal