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Applicants sought for AmeriCorps program

Promoting Prevention Coalition (PPC), Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Partners (RSAPP) and AmeriCorps are collaborating to hire two halftime AmeriCorps members to serve the youth of Archuleta County.

RSAPP and PPC have the long-term goal of decreasing youth substance abuse in southwest Colorado. Promoting Prevention Coalition collaborates with community schools, agencies and nonprofit organizations to operate the Pagosa Springs Youth Center while providing youth leadership, advocacy and advisory programs. RSAPP’s regional network of community programs serves six communities in southwest Colorado — La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Montezuma and Dolores counties — and Fort Lewis College in Durango.

AmeriCorps is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and has been called “the domestic Peace Corps.” AmeriCorps provides opportunities that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.

Community Prevention Organizers will work with the Pagosa Springs Youth Center (PSYC) and Promoting Prevention Coalition (PPC) to implement, develop and enhance projects, programs and activities that work towards achieving PPC’s and RSAPP’s goal.

Specific duties include: staffing the Youth Center during regularly scheduled hours; implementing special events at the Youth Center; acting as a liaison between the coalition, schools, the community, and region; implementing prevention programs with youth ; disseminating information to the community; communicating with the regional RSAPP team and contributing to RSAPP’s social media; fund-raising for special projects; recruiting, organizing and supporting community volunteers for substance abuse prevention events; participating in monthly coalition meetings and other meetings; supporting PPC, PSYC, and the RSAPP team as appropriate and necessary; and attending trainings, including the following required trainings:

• Oct. 2-4: Pre-service orientation and training retreat (two nights), Dolores;

• Oct. 5: On-site orientation and training at Site Partner organization;

• Oct. 9-11: Statewide Service Conference, Buena Vista (the RSAPP team will travel together);

• Four additional regional member training/meetings, dates and locations to be determined;

Qualifications

Ethic of national and community service, strong desire to work towards positive change.

Community fluency and familiarity with local youth culture.

Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; computer literate.

Skills or experience preferred: working with youth as an educator and/or mentor; community and volunteer organizing; fund-raising and grant writing.

High school graduate required (GED accepted), college graduate preferred.

Ability to pass criminal history check.

Reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance if you will be transporting others in your vehicle.

U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status required.

Time commitment

These will be half-time positions, of 900 hours total over the course of the year, approximately 20 hours per week. These positions require a one-year commitment, beginning Oct. 1, 2011, and ending Sept. 30, 2012. Flexible hours are required, and will include regular shifts at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center on weekday afternoons, with occasional weekend and evening hours.

Community Prevention Organizers will receive significant training and experience in substance abuse prevention, program implementation, leadership, evaluation and fund-raising. They will be supervised and supported by the director of the Pagosa Springs Youth Center as well as by the RSAPP program coordinator. The 12 regional Community Prevention Organizers will act as resources and support for each other.

These positions are based in Pagosa Springs.

Archuleta County Community Prevention Organizers will receive:

• A living allowance of $8,100 per year.

• An education award of $2,675 upon successful completion of term of service. It is possible to defer student loans while serving as an AmeriCorps member.

• Non-tangible benefits include extensive training, valuable work experience, networking and the opportunity to serve the local community in a crucial area of need.

It is the official policy of RSAPP that no person shall on the grounds of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, marital status or veteran status be excluded from or subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment of RSAPP.

To apply

To apply to be an AmeriCorps member, you will need to create an account with the AmeriCorps Recruitment System. The application deadline is Aug. 28, 2011.

Go to the website, my.americorps.gov, click on “Apply to Serve” at the bottom of the page.

Complete the requested profile information. (You will need a Social Security number and valid address, telephone number and e-mail.)

Once you receive your account information via e-mail, log onto the myAmeriCorps portal and use the navigation pane on the left to complete your application and reference information.

When application is complete, click “Search Listings.” Type “RSAPP” into the Program Name field (ignore all other fields), click “Search.” Click the listing, and submit your application to RSAPP.

Please also e-mail RSAPP Program Coordinator Cathy Cowles, cathy@rsapp.org, with your resume, and indicate that you are applying for the Archuleta County Community Prevention Organizer. Please explain why you are interested in serving this particular community.

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