Project Coordinator

The 2019-2020 CCNYPA VISTA SoWe Support Project provides support to the residents, families, and children of the SouthWest (SoWe) community of Lancaster and JW Price Elementary School. This project will increase the capacity of the SouthWest Neighborhood Leadership Board (SWNLB) and the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) to implement neighborhood revitalization strategies outlined in the SouthWest Lancaster Neighborhood Revitalization initiative, specifically in the area of education and PreK-5th grade school-readiness and success. SoWe Lancaster's residents and partners have embarked upon a course of action to stem the tide of disinvestment, to create a neighborhood that is safe, clean, and attractive to economic investment, with schools that offer high-quality learning environments and supportive services so that every student can attain success.

The VISTA member will support Millersville University's focus on community poverty reduction by working with the SWNLB, Price Elementary school personnel, and the Community School Director to increase parent and community engagement and expand before and after school programming at Price Elementary. The project will positively impact PreK-5th grade educational outcomes in the SoWe neighborhood by increasing parent participation in home and school groups, increasing the participation of local businesses in school programs, and by increasing attendance at back to school nights, parent-teacher conferences, and other school programming. Additionally, the VISTA member will deepen the University's partnership with the SoWe Lancaster Revitalization initiative by connecting Millersville University student volunteers and faculty experts to the SoWe task forces that are implementing revitalization strategy action plans.

Bachelor's degree; community service experience. Strong organizational skills, including planning and managing projects, record keeping and data collection. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, including strong public-speaking abilities. Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Professional Suite, the Internet and social media. Possession of valid drivers' license, insurance, and access to a vehicle. Availability to work afternoons and evenings for after-school programming. Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity and equity; and successful interview.

Prior experience working with Pre-K-5th grade children or with non-profit community partners in a work or volunteer setting. Bilingual, Spanish.

VISTA Benefits
Annual living allowance of $12,311.45, End of Service Award - Education Award of $6,095 or Cash Stipend of $1,800. Healthcare coverage. Relocation support and Child Care Benefits, if eligible. The opportunity to be a part of a cohort with other CCNYPA VISTAs who are placed within higher education institutions to build campus-community partnerships Professional development and support from CCNYPA.

Millersville University provides:
Unfurnished on-campus housing and $500 meal allowance. Reimbursement for project-related travel. Use of gym and library facilities. Professional development and training opportunities from Millersville University.

July 22, 2019 - July 21, 2020

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Full consideration given to applications received by April 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2019.

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Wardwell, Director, Experiential Learning and Career Management, at