Being a VISTA for BSAC/Youth on Board is an exciting and high energy position requiring flexibility, organization, self-motivation and the ability to track project timelines. The individual will work as a team with colleagues as well as have independent work and projects and acts as a representative of YOB/BSAC to outside organizations. Interactions with Boston Public Schools, community-based organizations, and national grassroots campaigns are frequent.
Youth on Board and the Boston Public Schools co-administer the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC), which is a group of students from high schools across the City of Boston representing student voices on issues and policies that affect them most.
The ideal candidate has an interest in youth development, is knowledgeable or willing to learn about a variety of education reform movements, demonstrates a commitment to youth-led advocacy and grassroots campaigning, and can complete regular office/administrative duties in a timely manner.
This position entails project-based work, program coordination, and aspects of development, including fundraising and social media
Communication and Social Media:
- The VISTA position includes:
- Maintaining BSAC’s media presence
- Creating social media buzz through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter
- Tracking video and print news coverage of BSAC and articles written by BSAC members and keeping a record of publications in which BSAC is featured
The VISTA will engage various partners across the district, city, state, and country to promote student voice and engagement. (below are examples, they vary somewhat each year)
- Develop materials for students, teachers, and teams that promote the Student Rights and Responsibilities in BPS schools
- Attend outside meetings with district partners including to help spread awareness for BSAC’s mission, including the Boston Teachers Union, Sociedad Latina, Boston Public Health Commission, Sunrise Movement (examples - depends on skills and interest)
- Edit and promote student voice through the Boston Globe’s Teens in Print
- Co-plan Thursday working group meetings
The VISTA will spend 1-2 days per week at the secondary site performing work related to BSAC, YOB and National work focusing on student voice. The secondary site is located in Somerville at the YouthBuild headquarters, in the Youth on Board office.
1. Working on a national campaigns promotion and writing
2. Maintaining relationships with existing funders/partners, research new funding sources and contacts – including attending meetings and filling out reports as needed.
3. Improve and maintain grant deliverables tracking document
VISTA is a program of Americorps -- Participants receive a yearly stipend of $20,662 and an approximately $6,000 education award at the end of service.
TO APPLY: Please email your resume, a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position, a writing sample or example of a flyer, newsletter, or other relevant communications you have produced, and 2-3 references to email@example.com.