Unified Government AmeriCorps Programs

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The Unified Government is committed to civic innovation, job creation, economic development, and the health of Wyandotte County residents and the Unified Government AmeriCorps Program is contributing in big ways!

The Unified Government and AmeriCorps partnership encompasses two community focused programs: The AmeriCorps VISTA Program and the Public Health AmeriCorps Program.

Key Principles and Focus Areas

Key Principles
  1. Anti-Poverty Focus
  2. Sustainable Solutions 
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Capacity Building


Focus Areas

  • Economic Opportunity  
  • Healthy Futures  


AmeriCorps VISTA Program 

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is a federally funded national service program. Individuals serve for 365-days supporting initiatives doing amazing work in the Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS community. Becoming a AmeriCorps VISTA member is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in local government or nonprofit organizations.

AmeriCorps VISTA members help in coordinating programs, create marketing materials, conduct programmatic evaluations, and so much more!   

Benefits of Service

AmeriCorps VISTA offers many benefits to its members: 
  • Bi-weekly living stipend of $575 pre-tax (approximately $15,000 for 365 days of service)
  • Choice of Segal Education Award ($6,345) or End-of-Term Cash Stipend ($1,800) 

Please Note: Some benefits are contingent on eligibility. 

The VISTA program offers the following additional benefits: 

  • Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE) status for federal employment 
  • $100 monthly housing stipend payable to a landlord or other third party
  • Service-related mileage reimbursement
  • Access to professional development trainings
  • Access to Healthcare Benefits Plans
  • 10 days of personal leave as well as 10 days of sick leave
  • Relocation assistance if moving more than 50 miles to a new community to serve

Open Positions

The Wyandotte County AmeriCorps VISTA Program is always looking for motivated, passionate and community focused individuals that are eager to share their knowledge and skill-set to help positively impact Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. 

Look below to review open VISTA positions. Click on each job title below to be redirected to the complete position description and application process.  

Armourdale Renewal Association VISTA
Interested in urban planning? We’ve got a position for you. Serving with the Armourdale Renewal Association (ARA). foster relationships through outreach to various stakeholders and community members, grant writing, and tracing progress of implementation. Enhance the experience and lives of residents and businesses by developing programs, service or resources, to build a stronger and healthier community.

  • Placement is at the Armourdale Renewal Association.

Crime & Opioid AmeriCorps VISTA
Add extensive capacity to the crime analysis and within "Impacting Crime in Our Neighborhoods" (ICON) and "Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety" (DDACTS) projects. Serve on various projects including brand new real-time crime center unit. Research opioid grants and policies for the purpose of applying for those opioid grants. Curate opioid educational material for better community engagement. Perfect opportunity for some looking for a criminal justice centered or grant writing opportunity.

  • Placement is with the Kansas City, KS Police Department.

Development & Communications AmeriCorps VISTA
Perfect opportunity for someone interested in communications and development looking to make an impact in children’s lives. This position will develop a Digital ‘Thank You’ Pipeline for online donors and craft a communications and engagement plan from the initial gift or inquiry for a local nonprofit.

  • Placement is at community partner, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties. 

GIS Analyst AmeriCorps VISTA
Hone your geographic information system (GIS) Skills with this opportunity to increase community outreach and input in capital Public Works projects. This AmeriCorps member will focus on a project that will lead to community-informed decision-making. The member will contribute to projects that increase the ability of the Public Works department to communicate and gather submissions and feedback on capital projects.

  • Placement is with the Unified Government Public Works Department.

Marketing Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
Looking to serve in an entrepreneurial-centered AmeriCorps position? This is it! The Toolbox: Small Business Resource Center is a brand new community resource here in KCK. The ToolBox's vision is to empower the community to own their economic future. The AmeriCorps member will support The Toolbox with marketing and communications strategies; champion data management and collection efforts; lead the creation and implementation of systems to further the organization's mission; expand outreach and recruitment of all small businesses with special emphasis on refugee, immigrant and BIPOC communities.

  • Placement is at The Toolbox: Small Business Resource Center.

Mayors Task Force Liaison VISTA 
Passionate about residents’ voices being heard by local governments? This is the perfect position for you. Join Mayor Garner’s resident outreach efforts by supporting the newly formed special committees and taskforces. Member duties will include liaising with residents and County Commissioners, drafting communications and official documents, and tracking the progress of the special committees and taskforces. Special Committee topics include unhoused neighbors, recreation and community health, environmental sustainability, and much more. Perfect opportunity to gain experience within the local government landscape.

  • Placement is within Mayor Garner’s Office.

Outreach & Development AmeriCorps VISTA
Want to help start at non-profit organization? This is the role for you! This AmeriCorps member will research and strategize possibility of establishing 501(c)3 status for the Animal Services unit of the Kansas City, KS Police Department. The member will also lead the research and strategy of building a robust volunteer run outreach program. This is the perfect opportunity for someone looking for expansive experience to break into the non-profit field.

  • Placement is with the Animal Service Unit of the Kansas City, KS Police Department.

Solutions Lab Project Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA
Join the digital revolution! Perfect opportunity for someone interested in the intersection of technology and health! KC Digital Drive is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make Kansas City a digital leader to secure our economic prosperity and improve the quality of life for all people in the region. This AmeriCorps member will support two specific community health projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and work with the Program Manager to identify new project opportunities for the Solutions Lab. 

  • Placement is at KC Digital Drive.

Strategic Communications AmeriCorps VISTA
Passionate about communications? Want to be a part of local government outreach and communication? Join us in this American Rescue Plan Act-specific position. Get an understanding of the current landscape of Wyandotte County, how the ARPA funds are being utilized, and where the need for communications lies. Strategize ways to evaluate the communications plan in order to achieve the objectives for the plan. Help build a community network of organizations, groups, and individuals to quickly get communications out to the public.

  • Placement will be with the Unified Government Strategic Communications Department. 

Urban Design and Planning AmeriCorps VISTA 
One of the most critical functions of the Urban Design and Planning Department is to facilitate conversations internally and externally to bring stakeholders together around a common purpose. The success of this task largely depends on the narrative that the Department, through various verbal and non-verbal platforms, can communicate these ideas to decision-makers, stakeholders, and the general public. In an increasingly visual world, how we tell these stories and the tools that we use to do so has a direct correlation to public participation, community buy-in and ultimately, the effectiveness of our very work.

  • Placement will be with the Unified Government Urban Design and Planning Department.

 

How to Apply

Applying to become a AmeriCorps VISTA is a rather simple process that takes a few simple steps in the application and interview process. 

If you are interested in more information regarding a position within the AmeriCorps VISTA program, as an initial application step, please email your resume to americorps@wycokck.org. In the body of the email please be sure to include which position(s) you are interested in applying for.  

To assist you in the application process, please click the link below to view the "The Apply to AmeriCorps VISTA Checklist"

AmeriCorps-VISTA-Applicant-Checklist.pdf(PDF, 257KB)

Click Here to begin creating your AmeriCorps profile

 

Public Health AmeriCorps Program

The Unified Government is excited to announce a new AmeriCorps opportunity! AmeriCorps has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create Public Health AmeriCorps, a groundbreaking new initiative made possible by an investment of the CDC’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.

COVID-19 demonstrated that we need a more robust public health workforce, and the workforce must reflect the communities being served. Through Public Health AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps members will be recruited to serve communities and support the critical public health needs. Check back soon for more information.

The AmeriCorps Public Health Program focuses on promoting healthy futures with service opportunities in a wide variety of public initiatives such as:

  • Maternal/ Child health
  • Public Works
  • COVID-19 Recovery
  • Safe and Affordable Housing 
  • Community Safety and much more.

Benefits of Service

Public Health Americorps offers many benefits to its members: 
  • The stipend for the Public Health AmeriCorps (PHA) program is $12,600.00 for 365 days of service.
  • Choice of Segal Education Award ($6,345) or End-of-Term Cash Stipend ($1,800) 

Please Note: Some benefits are contingent on eligibility. 

The Public Health AmeriCorps program offers the following additional benefits: 

  • Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE) status for federal employment 
  • $100 monthly housing stipend payable to a landlord or other third party
  • Service-related mileage reimbursement
  • Access to professional development trainings
  • Access to Healthcare Benefits Plans
  • 10 days of personal leave as well as 10 days of sick leave
  • Relocation assistance if moving more than 50 miles to a new community to serve

Open Positions

Hiring for Positions will open Fall 2022 

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas Public Health Department will have 15 half-time AmeriCorps members who will serve in four teams focused on one of each of the following areas; tobacco cessation, Wyandotte County's community health improvement plan, COVID-19 education and outreach to unvaccinated residents including those a part of historically marginalized populations, and WyCo Connect, a new initiative that addresses the economic and health effects of COVID-19 in Wyandotte County, KS. 

Public Health Communications & Strategic Planning VISTA
This VISTA assignment will increase the Unified. Government Public Health Department’s (UGPHD’s) communications capacity and establish a more consistent and strategic approach to disseminating public health information to community members in Wyandotte County. This process will include an emphasis on language access. The VISTA will ensure that UGPHD communications procedures align with current Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards. The VISTA will also support the UGPHD Strategic Planning process, facilitate Accreditation updates, strengthen the UGPHD’s performance management system, and recommend workforce development improvements.

Member Duties: Communications: Review previous communications goals and procedures, draft updated communications goals and procedures, and present the draft and any additional recommendations to UGPHD Communications staff. Assess needs and make recommendations for an updated internal Communications project management process and task management so that all staff involved know what next steps need to be done to avoid redundancy. Ensure that materials in the language(s) the VISTA speaks are accurate and readable, and recommend increasing language access. Assist in Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards and strategic planning.

Tobacco Public Health AmeriCorps Member 
Members will serve on a tobacco cessation team focused on adult and youth cessation and prevention. Wyandotte County has a smoking rate of 21.8% compared to 17.4% statewide. Individuals with lower income levels and lower educational attainment are more likely to smoke or utilize other tobacco products compared to higher earners or those with more education. Three half-time AmeriCorps members will be trained and certified as Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS).

Member Duties: As a TTS, AmeriCorps members will serve at a minimum of three sites providing tobacco counseling and education. Members will be provided with HIPAA training and Health Equity Action Transformation (H.E.A.T.) training. Members will build capacity for referrals to the Kansas Quitline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional information regarding open positions is expected to be released by October 2022.

How to Apply

Applying for an opportunity with the Public Health AmeriCorps Program takes a few simple steps in the application and interview process. 

If you are interested in more information regarding a position within the Public Health AmeriCorps program, as an initial application step, please email your resume to americorps@wycokck.org. In the body of the email please be sure to include which position(s) you are interested in applying for.  

Click Here to begin creating your AmeriCorps profile.

 

 

 

 

AmeriCorps Spotlights & News Articles

May 2022
"My Journey as a VISTA" - Blog Post by Melody Burns (UG Planning + Urban Design VISTA) 

News Article - March 2022
"UG Celebrates AmeriCorps Partnership by Recognizing AmeriCorps Week" 

News Article - Feb. 2022
"UG AmeriCorps Grant Funding to Improve Community Health and Alleviate Poverty"

 

More AmeriCorps Information 

AmeriCorps is a federal agency that brings people together to tackle the county’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture.

To learn more about AmeriCorps program, please visit AmeriCorps.gov.