Mt. Baker Youth Substance Use Prevention Youth Fellows

Mt. Baker Youth Substance Use Prevention Youth Fellows

Up to 6 fellowships available

Brief Description:  Assist the Mt. Baker Community Coalition (MBCC) to complete grant-based projects such as Alcohol Community Assessment of Neighborhood Stores (CANS) and Cannabis Sticker Shock Campaign, engage in community outreach and attend/present to coalition meetings as youth/young adult representatives.

FTE/Status: Seeking applicants ages 16-24 for up 6 paid part-time youth leadership and workforce development fellowships. Typically, 6-10 hours a week, depending on the context of placement. Position begins May 20th and ends September 25th, 2021.

To Apply:  Request an application packet. Email Emma Giri at connect@wfcn.org. All completed application packets are due by May 7th at 3pm.

Essential Functions:

Attend prevention skills education trainings.
Attend, design, and implement sessions for development of CANS and Sticker Shock Campaign.
Assess local neighborhood stores, communicate with managers and staff, collect and analyze data for Community Assessment of Neighborhood Stores (CANS) effort.
Attend MBCC meetings and present data and findings from CANS and outcomes from Sticker Shock Campaign.
Be an ambassador for the MBCC; help the community increase awareness about the coalition’s purpose/efforts within your circles of influence, following best practices in prevention (family, school, peers, etc.)
Generate ideas for future youth engagement in the MBCC.
Assist in designing retailer education packets and recognition material.
Manage internship requirements as outlined by MBCC.

Preferred Skills or Characteristics

Ability to demonstrate contextual experience in the Mount Baker Community including residence, association, or historical experiences.
Organizational skills and ability to navigate community relationships.
Strong verbal communication skills, public speaking, community outreach
Positive attitude
Interest in change for positive community health and social justice

Benefits: 

Professional development, professional recommendations
Community networking and awareness
Meaningful work and recognition for a job well done
Personal satisfaction from making a positive change in your community
Resume writing assistance

Compensation:

Upon project completion, in September, each Baker Youth Prevention Fellow will receive $500 for completing the project and essential functions.

Job Openings: Diversity & Inclusion VISTA Summer Associate Positions

Applications are only received via the AmeriCorps website. To apply, click here:

Whatcom Family & Community Network (WFCN) builds community capacity so children, youth and families thrive. We envision a thriving community built on equity, social connection, participation and opportunities. This program emphasizes outreach to invite and engage BIPOC, LGBTQ and Rural communities to participate in opportunities that will increase equity through diverse voice and contributions to community processes aimed to strengthen community health broadly and specifically to prevent substance use for youth, and increase mental wellbeing for children and adolescents. Promote volunteer, stipend and paid opportunities to increase inclusion in decision-making important to the diverse needs of our community.

Member Duties: Collect and Create Outreach Materials from Coalition and Community Partners on Opportunities seeking to increase diverse voice in decision-making processes. Plan, coordinate and implement a system to engage with BIPOC, LGBTQ and Rural communities, that includes community pop-up stations using safe social distancing protocols. Outreach to and engage with interested community members. Ask them to consider participation and sharing of information with those they know. Follow up with contacts and provide pathways to future participation. Document contacts with interested community members. Evaluate effectiveness of outreach strategies. Report and make recommendations to program for next steps.

Program Benefits : Stipend , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend .

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

Terms: Permits attendance at school during off hours , Permits working at another job during off hours , Car recommended .

Service Areas: Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Education , Neighborhood Revitalization , Tribal , Public Safety , Hunger , Children/Youth , Health .

Skills: Team Work , Public Health , Community Organization , Computers/Technology , Public Speaking , Social Services , Communications , Writing/Editing.

To apply, visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=102368

Summer VISTAs get the following benefits: 

  • Living Allowance Stipend of about $1,025/mo. 
  • Eligibility for Basic Food Benefits 
  • Loan Forbearance or Deferment 
  • End of Year Service Award of about $275 OR Education Award of about $1300 
  • Valuable work experience 
  • Priority consideration for local yearlong VISTA positions starting the end of August 

Job Opening: Community Engagement Coordinator

Title:  Community Engagement Coordinator
FTE/Status: Part Time, between 20 to 26 hours weekly.  Grant funded position. 
Hours:  Mostly between Mon. to Fri.  8 to 5 p.m.  Some weekends and evenings.
Begin Date Target:  February 16th, 2021
Position Open Until Filled. Priority Deadline:  January 24th, 2021

To Apply:  Send or email cover letter, resume and three professional references (include position title in email subject line and ensure your name, phone number and email contacts are in both the cover letter and resume) to info@wfcn.org

Description:  Provides direct and indirect supports to prevention professionals, youth and families to increase coalition engagement, including public relations & outreach, program coordination and volunteer management.  Focuses on increasing youth and family leadership, prevention science knowledge and participation in coalition strategy.  Volunteer management and supervision of coalition members/club youth. Project activity, event and professional development coordination. Reports to Executive Director. Collaborates with Mt. Baker Comm. Coalition Coordinator.

  • Essential Functions
    • Program Coordination: Plan and implement strategies to engage youth, families and community partners in the work of increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors that impact youth substance use and promote mental wellbeing.  Follow DFC and DBHR work plans.
    • Youth Engagement Coordination: Plan, coordinate and implement training, activities and events for youth, families and prevention professionals that increases leadership skills, prevention science knowledge and advances prevention strategies and outcomes.
    • Professional Communication: Create quality print and electronic content & materials using a variety of technology.  Communicate clearly in written, verbal and visual formats for diverse audiences: youth, families and community at large. Provide frequent face-to-face, e-mail and phone contact with sector representatives and coalition members, including county-wide school systems, parents, youth and young adults.  Bilingual skills a plus!
    • Volunteer Coordination: Recruit, recognize, retain and management risks associated with member engagement. Collaborate with volunteers, coalition members and interns.
    • Advanced computing skills:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Desktop publishing software (i.e. Canva/Publisher). Create forms, flyers, spreadsheets; Website research; Be social media savvy. Able to learn new technology.
    • Community Capacity Development: Work collaboratively with staff and community partners, adhering to systems and procedures. Cultivate strategic partnerships to strengthen community and build program sustainability.
    • Demonstrate cultural humility and sensitivity. Work with diverse populations. Value and act to increase equity & social justice.
    • Values Aligned with WFCN Team: Practice Self-Care and Wellbeing. Be Honest and Transparent, Hopeful, Persistent & Collaborative; Show Positive psychology in word and deed. Have genuine interest in helping prevention of youth substance use and suicide; Be open-minded, grow-oriented, detail-oriented, and organized.  Show ability to understand larger systems thinking; Be a clear and respectful communicator
  • Other Duties:
    • Administrative tasks—e-mailing, phone work, filing, copying, data entry and reporting as relevant to WFCN need and project assignment.
    • Attend Mt Baker Community Coalition Meetings and other community events and meetings as relevant according to availability.
    • Attend relevant trainings and be willing to travel. 
    • Seek funding opportunities through networking and research.
  • Qualifications:
    • 1 year experience with human services, public health, education or related area utilizing skills outlined.
    • Preferred:  Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent professional experience
  • Benefits:
    • Flexible scheduling aligned with needs of the project.
    • Employer share of employment taxes; L&I.
    • Mileage reimbursement for approved travel for business purposes.
    • Prorated medical or dental benefits for employees working 20 hours or more per week.
    • Professional development, resume building, professional recommendations.
    • Work in a positive and trauma informed organization with hard working professionals.
  • Compensation:
    • Starting Range:  $18.50 to $19.40 hourly, depending on experience and funding.  

Whatcom Family & Community Network is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Opening: AmeriCorps Community Capacity Coordinator

If you know of a passionate, motivated individual who would like an opportunity to build professional skills and attain funding for college, please share!
Below is a job announcement for an opening at Whatcom Family & Community Network for an AmeriCorps position, Community Capacity Coordinator, available for a February 2018 start (AmeriCorps VISTA Opportunity Neighborhoods—Community Capacity Coordinator). It is a full-time position.
Application Deadline of Jan. 2, 2018

Brief Description: Build community capacity and resilience in three identified opportunity neighborhoods in Whatcom County to support children, youth and families so they can develop the skills and opportunities needed to lead healthy productive lives.

 

Status: 12-month AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer: February start date.

Reports to: Executive Director. Works cooperatively with neighborhood leaders, volunteers and social services.

 

Essential Functions and Traits:

  • Recruit local resident volunteers to build a community center advisory council and a cadre of individuals to provide service navigation and referral to community members.
  • Develop programmatic partnerships with community organization and neighbors
  • Develop employment training opportunities for local low-income adults and teens. This includes a summer of service project for youth and a partnership with Worksource or Workfirst.
  • Participate in and develop new cross-sector collaborations
  • Develop systems, policies and procedures that aim at sustainability of relationships and efforts.
  • Coordinate and convene local events and meeting where individuals and organizations build social connections for the purpose of strengthening community through health equity, economic and social justice and to decrease exposure to childhood adverse experiences.
  • Interpersonal and professional communication skills (written, verbal and graphic) and ability to build trusting rapport with diverse populations
  • Computing using MS Office products, on-line research, e-mail, and data entry
  • Ability to learn and adopt community organizing & capacity building framework
  • Driving within the county for a variety of purposes
  • Administrative tasks—e-mailing, phone work, filing, copying, data entry and reporting as relevant to WFCN need and project assignment. Tasks may be delegated as appropriate.
  • Attend meetings as relevant and available according to availability.

Qualifications:

  • Some college is recommended or a hope to attain a college education; Pursuit of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent demonstrated interest/experience in social services, community development, community health & wellbeing, youth and family studies
  • Collaborative with great listening skills and desire to learn and do new things.
  • Hopeful and Positive attitude with a persistent character.
  • Focused on identifying solutions and strengths in people and places.
  • An individual who has lived in a neighborhood with high diversity, poverty or other health equity concerns may be a benefit. 

Benefits:

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. Stipend and benefits provided by the Corporation for National Service.

See https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service

  • Living Allowance.   Inquire about 2018 amount to lisa_sohni@oppco.org
  • Choice of Education Award (value $5,920) or End of Service Stipend (approx.. $1,800)
  • Health Coverage.   For details, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Childcare Assistance, if eligible
  • Work in a positive and trauma informed organization with hard working professionals.
  • Work in amazing communities with passionate individuals.

Welcome VISTA Vivian!

Hi everyone! My name’s Vivian Chalardsoontornvatee and I’m the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps VISTA here at the Whatcom Prevention Coalition. During my year of service, I hope to connect with members of the greater Bellingham community and help build sustainability in the work that I am doing. I will primarily be involved with the youth-led prevention clubs in Whatcom County schools and the MAD HOPE Suicide Prevention Training Program.

A little background about me, I recently graduated with a degree in biology from Western Washington University and I’m working towards a career in public health. Having moved here from Spokane, WA, I quickly grew to love Bellingham and the people who inhabit it which was why I wasn’t quite ready to move away from this community. I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter and I love to cook and eat in my spare time.

I plan on posting entries on here to inform the community about WPC news, events in the community, and projects that we’re working on. I will also be posting on the WPC Facebook page with updates. I hope to spark conversation with members of the community and to help out with anything I can. You can catch me at the WPC meetings every month or contact me by email (vista@wfcn.org)!

Job Opening: Mt. Baker Community Prevention Wellness Initiative Coalition Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY:

Administer and coordinate a prevention community-based program, including planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the program; facilitate the development and coordination of substance abuse prevention activities; develop and present prevention-related educational programs for community members and groups; stay updated on the latest substance abuse prevention research and provide up-to-date information to the public; facilitate the development, training and implementation of local community substance abuse prevention coalition, and collaborate with existing task forces as a resource or provider of technical assistance.

JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Coordinate a local community coalition comprised of community members who represent a minimum of eight of the following sectors: Youth, Parent, Law Enforcement, Civic/Volunteer Groups, Business, Healthcare Professionals, Media, Schools, Youth-serving Organizations, Religious/Fraternal Organizations, State/Local/Tribal Governments,   Other Substance Abuse Organization (e.g., Treatment), Youth Treatment Professionals, and Mental Health Professionals; to encourage and facilitate their collaboration in efforts to prevent or reduce substance abuse;
  • Coordinate and provide comprehensive training to coalition members to build capacity for community-based, data-driven substance abuse coalition work;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to agency staff, volunteers, prevention contractors, service providers and community groups on topics such as the CPWI and prevention science (e.g., risk and protective factors, the Strategic Prevention Framework, relevant evidence-based strategies);
  • Oversee community coalition’s development of five-year prevention strategic plan within “Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery” (DSHS/DBHR) Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) Community Coalition guidelines and providing annual budget and action plan updates;
    • Conduct needs assessment and other techniques to identify community service needs with community coalition members;
    • Assist individuals and groups in developing risk and protective factor focused prevention plans, selecting research-supported prevention strategies, and developing appropriate evaluations;
  • Work cooperatively with additional community members and groups to develop and implement on-going evidence-based strategies which discourage use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;
  • Develop data collection instruments and monitoring and program evaluation policies and procedures to ensure program compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines;
  • Responsible for prevention contract monitoring and program outcomes;
  • Conduct on site-visits with subcontractor(s) to monitor program components for specific contract provisions and compliance;
  • Conduct participant surveys to evaluate community needs, contract compliance and strategy effectiveness;
  • Prepare summaries of prevention monitoring reports for the coalition and as needed;
  • Enter reporting data into required data systems within contractual timeframes;
  • Interpret complex and detailed federal and state regulations to ensure program and planning compliances;
  • Attend required DBHR meetings and training;
  • Engage with local media. Preparing press kits, soliciting media coverage and responding to media requests;
  • Plan, develop, implement and monitor media campaigns, social marketing initiatives in collaboration with CPWI statewide media initiatives;
  • Collaborate with key community stakeholders in the support and implementation of Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Work is performed primarily in office environments. Primary office in which employee maintains work space must be located within community served by coalition. Community travel is required to provide face to face communication with coalition members and to attend other community meetings and events, provide training and technical assistance and participate in coalition strategies and activities. Statewide travel is required occasionally. Attendance at meetings and prevention activities may require working evening and irregular hours. Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required. Occasional physical effort may be required to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the community served by the coalition;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize community groups and to work cooperatively with a variety of people and agencies, public groups and contract agency personnel;
  • Knowledge of principles of cultural competence, consequences of health disparities, and strategies to increase inclusivity in community outreach;
  • Understand the value of and strategies to include diverse members of the community in coalition-building and community outreach;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings that encourage participation and positive development, and to work cooperatively with public groups and contract agency personnel;
  • Knowledge of principles of effective leadership with demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills involved in community and coalition development, planning and policy development, grant and report-writing, statistical data gathering and public speaking;
  • Understand existing alcohol and other drug abuse prevention systems and programs in state and county governments;
  • Successful experience developing and providing adult training programs;
  • Knowledge of basic principles of substance abuse prevention and treatment. Understand the continuum of care in substance abuse and addiction;
  • Proven ability to work independently and prioritize several on-going assignments within contractual requirements including deadlines;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and travel within the area served by the coalition with occasional state-wide travel.

 

Additional knowledge of: community organizing, fundamental public health principles and practices, techniques of behavior change, social marketing, health promotion and population-based prevention; program planning and evaluation methods.

Additional ability to: manage multiple time sensitive issues, adapt to changing circumstances and develop creative solutions; generate a shared vision for the community; generate and maintain enthusiasm for developing solutions and instill a sense of hopefulness for continued improvement of health outcomes; provide technical assistance through coaching, mentoring, training, delegating, and directing; establish effective working relationships with diverse communities, agencies and staff; communicate effectively both orally and in writing with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity; work independently and work effectively in teams and work groups.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driver’s abstract is required prior to employment.

Current Certified Prevention Professional credential or ability to obtain within 18 months of appointment upon approval of related training plan.

Ability to pass Washington State Patrol Background check and any further established background requirements.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Public Health, Behavioral Sciences or closely related field; or the equivalent combination of relevant education, training and experience. Two years of relevant experience that adequately illustrates the attainment of knowledge, skills, abilities and other requirements of the job listed. Familiarity with Washington State substance abuse prevention planning frameworks and programs preferred.

FUNDING & OVERSIGHT INFORMATION: This position is grant funded by Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). The grant is managed through Whatcom County Health Department. The Employer for this position is Whatcom Family & Community Network (WFCN). A 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. See the WFCN website at www.wfcn.org

COMPENSATION: DOE: Range: $22 to $28 hourly. Medical health benefits, vacation and sick leave.

Whatcom Family & Community Network is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to info@wfcn.org

Position Open Until Filled with Priority Deadline of 9/18 at 5 p.m.

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