Join a vital and dynamic team effort to increase employment and income for young adults experiencing homelessness!
Organization and Position Goals
The mission of Hennepin County’s Housing Stability Office is to develop systems to assist the most vulnerable, disabled and impoverished residents of Hennepin County in obtaining and retaining housing. In the year ahead we will continue to focus on creating housing opportunities for the poorest people in the community and connect the work of ending homelessness to larger systems —child welfare, employment, healthcare, and corrections — so that we can fill the gaps in services where people can slide into homelessness.
The VISTA will lead critical parts of our effort to ensure self-sufficiency for youth 16-24 as they teeter on the edge of homelessness. Key activities will include: (1) developing training tools on financial literacy for youth, (2) building the capacity of our community to better integrate housing and employment strategies, and (3) constructing stronger connections between community providers, youth, and employers.
- Develop financial literacy curriculum and tools to be utilized by youth as well as client advocates who work with youth
- Build systems that support the development and linkage of career pathways (education tied to future employment) for county-involved youth (child welfare, juvenile justice or homeless).
- Support the continued development of the employment and education application (Career Planning and Opportunity Guide – CPOG) for opportunity youth in our community in partnership with other VISTAs in the opportunity youth sub-cohort.
- Build a culture of learning among opportunity youth provider network by coordinating peer learning opportunities related to best practices for integrating employment and housing programs.
- Partner with other members of the opportunity youth VISTA sub-cohort to increase understanding and implementation of key strategies throughout the opportunity youth service provider network in order to improve educational and employment outcomes for young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Key strategies and approaches include: elevating youth voice through youth participatory action research, ethical storytelling (social media, video, etc.), and career services alignment.
Additional C3 Benefits
- $200 of monthly housing support
- $50 monthly gas card or $95 monthly bus pass
- $400 professional development fund
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You will have to create a profile through MyAmeriCorps. After we have received your application, we will be in touch within 48 hours about next steps!