Service Opportunities

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Marketing and Fundraising VISTA

Denton Christian Preschool (DCP), located in Denton, TX, provides early education for at-risk children in the community. Five main components make up DCP’s early childhood education program: developmentally appropriate learning activities in a classroom setting, transportation to and from school, daily nutritious meals and snacks, medical, dental, speech, and other diagnostic screenings and referrals and monthly parenting events.

The Marketing and Fundraising VISTA will increase community awareness and enhance fundraising activities to help provide early education for at-risk children in Denton, TX. Service opportunity begins on November 12, 2019. Member activities include:

-Develop a marketing plan to increase Denton Christian Preschool’s presence in the community

-Increase donor and volunteer participation in fundraising events and day-to-day needs.

-Write 10 grants to raise an additional $100,000 for the education and care of at-risk children.


Recovery Planning Research VISA

The Research Recovery Planning VISTA at CHILDREN AT RISK will establish resources for a response and recovery plan to help local families affected by the Hurricane Harvey disaster.

Service Opportunity

CHILDREN AT RISK serves as a catalyst for change to improve the quality of life for children through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration and advocacy. The focus of CHILDREN AT RISK is to make children’s needs a priority and to ensure ample resources are available for children and their families to thrive. CHILDREN AT RISK fulfills the holistic needs of children throughout the state of Texas by focusing on four main issue areas that improve the quality of life for children. CHILDREN AT RISK aims to enhance, not duplicate, the work of other nonprofits. Application due on November 12, 2019.

Member Duties

-Interview partner organizations, government officials, and families impacted by Harvey to determine what went well and what improvements were needed.

-Facilitate regular calls with organizations leading disaster recovery work in other cities states, such as Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, and New York

·Engage in ongoing strategic outreach and dissemination of information related to Hurricane Harvey recovery and issues impacting children across the region


CHILDREN AT RISK Food Access and Nutrition VISTA (Dallas)

End hunger and food insecurity for more than 350,000 North Texas children as the Food Access and Nutrition VISTA.

Service opportunity

CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. CHILDREN AT RISK works on a broad range of children’s issues, including education, parenting and family wellbeing, health and nutrition, immigration, and the fight to end human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed most: where a significant number of Texas’ children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate, the work of others. CHILDREN AT RISK is working to break the cycle of poverty by helping children gain access to healthy meals and increasing school performance thus increasing the likelihood of students obtaining higher education. The Food Access and Nutrition VISTA project will increase access to and participation in Federal Meal programs during, after, and outside of the school day through collaboration with schools, food banks and other community organizations.

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION STEP: Please copy and paste this web address into a web browser to submit additional application information: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

Member activities:

The Food Access and Nutrition VISTA will help end childhood hunger in North Texas through increased access and participation in Federal Meal programs during, after, and outside of the school day. Major activities include:

-Provide presentations to and collaborate with representatives of school districts, service providers (like local food banks), and other organizations to increase participation in meal programs

-Write 4 case studies on high performing programs to serve as outreach materials

-Develop a social media campaign to increase participation in collaboration with partners

-Help secure funding for on-going research and advocacy through resource prospecting and grant writing.

**Complete this survey to indicate sites of interest and be considered for an interview: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

CHILDREN AT RISK Anti-Human Trafficking VISTA (Dallas)

STOP the trafficking of 79,000 Texas children through increased community awareness and expansion of the statewide CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Project.

Service Opportunity

CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. CHILDREN AT RISK works on a broad range of children’s issues, including education, parenting and family wellbeing, health and nutrition, immigration, and the fight to end human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed most: where a significant number of Texas’ children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate, the work of others. CHILDREN AT RISK is committed to strengthening laws and policies on human trafficking and improving the response to children who have been commercially sexually exploited. The Anti-Human Trafficking VISTA will build capacity through community outreach and awareness campaigns, increased volunteerism in the cyber patrol program and expand the statewide CEASE Project (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation).

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION STEP: Please copy and paste this web address into a web browser to submit additional application information: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

Member Activities

The Anti-Human Trafficking VISTA will build an anti-demand coalition in the North Texas communities and increase volunteer capacity for the cyber patrol program with the goal of decreasing the trafficking of minors. Major activities include:

-Meet with representatives of nonprofits, elected officials and law enforcement to explore tactics to reduce demand

-Participate in community outreach and engagement events

-Facilitate community events to increase awareness of known human trafficking hubs throughout the North Texas community

-Recruit and train volunteers for the cyber patrols

-Facilitate 3 to 4 community events to increase awareness and recruit volunteers

**Complete this survey to indicate sites of interest and be considered for an interview: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

CHILDREN AT RISK Education and Community Engagement VISTA (Dallas)

Address challenges and maximize opportunities for North Texas children through increased parent and community involvement in high-poverty schools.

Service Opportunity

CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. CHILDREN AT RISK works on a broad range of children’s issues, including education, parenting and family wellbeing, health and nutrition, immigration, and the fight to end human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed most: where a significant number of Texas’ children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate, the work of others. More than half of North Texas public school students are economically disadvantaged and 1-in-5 are English Language Learners. Through educational research, family engagement programs, and advocacy initiatives, CHILDREN AT RISK helps parents, educators, and community stakeholders in low-income communities understand how their schools are performing and spark dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas. The Education & Community Engagement VISTA will support C@R’s Texas School Guide and Parent Advocacy Initiatives by expanding the use and impact of our education focused resources, data-analysis, research, and collaborations.

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION STEP: Please copy and paste this web address into a web browser to submit additional application information: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

Member Activities

The Education & Community Engagement VISTA will support CHILDREN AT RISK’s Texas School Guide and Parent Advocacy Initiatives by expanding the use and impact of our education focused resources, data-analysis, research, and collaborations.  Major activities include:

-Develop new and enrich current community partnerships

-Participate in education focused coalition meetings

-Coordinate 10-15 parent workshops

-Coordinate 2-3 community events

-Research local education issues and share findings with community stakeholders

-Create infographics and social media content

**Complete this survey to indicate sites of interest and be considered for an interview: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

CHILDREN AT RISK Development and Communications VISTA (Dallas)

Increase financial and community support for CHILDREN AT RISK’s on-going work benefiting North Texas children in public education, human trafficking, health, nutrition and parent & family well-being.

Service Opportunity

CHILDREN AT RISK is a non-partisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. CHILDREN AT RISK works on a broad range of children’s issues, including education, parenting and family wellbeing, health and nutrition, immigration, and the fight to end human trafficking. We focus our efforts where they are needed most: where a significant number of Texas’ children are affected, and where we can enhance, but not duplicate, the work of others. Nearly 300,000 children in North Texas live in poverty, more than 350,000 children are considered food insecure, and nearly 500 schools in North Texas are considered failing in CHILDREN AT RISK’s Annual School Rankings. The Development and Communications VISTA will build capacity by leveraging community support and resources through grant writing and events.

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION STEP: Please copy and paste this web address into a web browser to submit additional application information: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

Member activities

The Development and Communications VISTA will build capacity by leveraging community support and resources through grant writing and events. Major activities include:

-Developing donor prospects including individuals and foundations

-Write grants supporting CHILDREN AT RISK’s focus areas

-Develop logistical plans and marketing materials for special events

-Leverage community resources for sponsorships, donations and other contributions

-Create social media campaigns to increase awareness

**Complete this survey to indicate sites of interest and be considered for an interview: https://forms.gle/AiuwBRm7c4e88KgYA

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