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Refugee VISTA

Do you want to learn about and from the vibrant refugee communities in Utah? Are you interested in working with children and their families? Are you an aspiring educator or considering working within the educational sector in the future? This is the VISTA opportunity for you! Take these interests and passions to Salt Lake City and help open refugee students to opportunities that will send them into academic success and end the cycle of poverty. Based out of Woodrow Wilson Community School, a lively and engaging elementary school serving students in grades K-6, this position is sure to be fast paced and exciting! The students speak 32+ languages and are from a vast range of countries and cultural backgrounds. Over 90% are at or below the poverty line, and about 20% have entered the U.S. on refugee status. The families of these students are resilient and hardworking and many are learning English for the first time. They need dedicated individuals like you to reach out and put systems in place that will ensure literacy, parent engagement and good academic outcomes. The school is located in South Salt Lake City which boasts a tight-knit community of a network of nonprofits, volunteers, governmental agencies and more supporting refugees. The location is close to major bus and train lines, very close to downtown Salt Lake and the valley itself boasts amazing outdoor activities like climbing, hiking, skiing and is growing every day with good food, drink and activity options!

Member Duties : The VISTA will focus on two main areas: 1) Building refugee parent engagement infrastructure and 2) Refining and expanding volunteer management systems that will target refugee student academic outcomes in order to bring refugee families out of poverty. The main tasks the VISTA will have are: • Researching and documenting best practices for refugee parent engagement at the school• Seeking input and feedback from parents to determine how they are currently being engaged by the school and how they would like to be engaged with the school in the future and using input to adapt family engagement initiatives • Building sustainable infrastructure for parent engagement programs that meet the interests and needs of refugee parents • Creating sustainable volunteer management system for the Newcomers Literacy Program • Monitoring measurable benchmarks to track contribution towards refugee student academic growth•
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit
Terms : 
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas : 
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills : 
Education ,  Writing/Editing ,  Youth Development ,  Community Organization . 


Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Refugee Parent Engagement & Newcomers Literacy VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/19/2019  -   08/19/2020

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations UTAH  


Accepting Applications
From  06/05/2019  To  07/10/2019 

Contact Pari Kemmick
250 W 3900 S
Salt Lake City   UT   84107


For more information or to apply, visit 

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Last Updated: 6/18/19