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Apply online to be an AmeriCorps*VISTA in the AS-L office today!

When: Apr 23, 2013
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Apply online to be an AmeriCorps*VISTA in the AS-L office today!

Apply by April 23rd!

Want to teach others to lead a healthy lifestyle? Apply for the AmeriCorps*VISTA position on the UW-Superior campus. Using Academic Service-Learning and community partnerships, this position will work within Douglas County to promote health and nutrition during today's obesity epidemic.

At the University of Wisconsin-Superior's Center for Academic Service-Learning (CAS-L), the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) AmeriCorps*VISTA member will work to reduce obesity among youth and families by addressing policy level, healthy lifestyle choices in Douglas County.  This second year VISTA position is a balance between educating, community organizing, and advocating for a healthier Douglas County. 

As an educator, this position will work to inform the community of the current obesity epidemic in Douglas County and the work being done to change it. 

  • Plan issue-based educational forums and events
  • Recognize community partners, students, faculty and staff during a formal ceremony
  • Nominate students, faculty, staff, and community partners for external recognition
  • Assist with creating and distributing an annual report highlighting campus-community partnerships
  • Develop and update communication resources through online and social media outlets
  • Write articles and/or press releases to publicize local obesity problems and community partner progress

As a community organizer, this position will work with community members and key stakeholders to fulfill the strategic, policy level priorities of the Healthier Douglas County Coalition (HDCC) and the Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency (NWCSA). 

  • Understand and work to meet the health policy priorities of HDCC and NWCSA
  • Understand how Academic Service-Learning can be used to address the needs of the community
  • Create an asset map specific to health resources in Douglas County and in specific Superior communities
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of local community service projects and awareness events
  • Work with and further develop the HDCC advisory group ensuring that it meets the 51% low income guidelines
  • Develop assessment tools to gather community partner and service recipient feedback
  • Administer surveys to gather baseline and post intervention impacts
  • Build a bridge between the community and the campus to address community health needs
  • Seek support to continue and expand community-campus partnerships and sustain project activities

As an advocate, this position will work to recruit faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Superior to integrate Academic Service-Learning into their courses to directly implement the healthier lifestyle policies developed by the Healthier Douglas County Coalition and NWCSA.

  • Recruit faculty to develop Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) courses, specific to this community issue
  • Assist faculty members with AS-L courses and community partnership development
  • Create class presentations and orientations for students enrolled in AS-L courses
  • Design and assign AS-L student projects pertaining to health issues
  • Maintain regular communication with community agencies
  • Evaluate AS-L courses and use results for continual improvement

Apply by April 23rd, 2013 online: AmeriCorps*VISTA Job Description and Application Link . Click on the red link, "Apply Now!" and complete the online forms.

Questions? Contact our office at (715) 394-8518 or

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