About LA’s BEST
The mission of LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) After School Enrichment Program is to provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment and recreation program for children ages 5 to 12 in Los Angeles. Mayor Tom Bradley created LA’s BEST in 1988 in response to challenges arising from increasing numbers of unsupervised children throughout the City during out-of-school-time – especially within under-resourced Los Angeles neighborhoods that are disproportionately impacted by high rates of poverty and crime. LA’s BEST has grown from operating at 10 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elementary school sites to 200, and currently serves 25,000 children each day during the after school hours, and 7,000 in the LA’s BEST Summer Program.
About the Role
LA’s BEST aims to implement a quality improvement initiative through the proposed AmeriCorps VISTA project to increase our capacity to sustain, enhance, improve, and expand program content, delivery, assessment, and staff training to help move the communities we serve out of poverty. The VISTA Alumni Fellow will work with the LA’s BEST development team to create and execute a plan to gather contact information from LA’s BEST alumni, and engage alumni in current organizational activities. VISTAs will organize alumni focus groups to document feedback about alumni's experiences in LA's BEST for quality improvement purposes; addressing the needs of the service demographic and help to move participants out of poverty. VISTAs will visit LA's BEST sites and interview various program stakeholders, including students, staff, parents, teachers, and alumni documenting the impact of LA's BEST on their lives and within their communities. Resulting anecdotal material will help the organization's development team better convey the power of LA's BEST to both internal and external audiences.
Organize a network of LA’s BEST alumni actively engaged in resource and partnership cultivation on behalf of LA’s BEST.
Collect and archive stories from organization stakeholders about the impact of LA’s BEST on children, families and communities in order to leverage resources to support the delivery of the LA’s BEST Program.
Engage alumni in the organization’s development activities and create a sustainable network which values a culture of philanthropy.
Program Benefits: Training, Health coverage*, Relocation allowance, Choice of education award or end of service stipend, Living allowance, Childcare assistance if eligible.
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare.*
Terms: Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours, Car recommended.
Desired Skills: Fundraising/Grant Writing, Communications, Team Work, Public Speaking, Writing/Editing, Leadership, Education, Youth Development.
Click here for a more detailed description of this position and a link to apply: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=70047