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Community Relations & Mental Health Educator VISTA

Americorps VISTA positions are managed through the designated Americorps VISTA program- Angelo State University. For more information, please contact:

Jenny Leigh Walthall
2601 W Avenue N.
San Angelo, TX 76909

Community Relations & Mental Health Educator VISTA (click here to apply)

The Community Relations & Mental Health Educator VISTA will serve with West Texas Counseling & Guidance (WTCG) to reduce misunderstanding and stigmatizing of mental illness in the Concho Valley. Engaging in fundraising efforts, social media and traditional media/marketing, to increase awareness of WTCG to low income individuals. In a recent Community Health Needs Assessment of the Poor and Extremely Poor in west Texas, data identified that individuals living with low income and poverty do not believe that behavioral counseling services are affordable or available for them.

Member Duties: 1) Develop and implement an active outreach plan encompassing social media, traditional media, and face to face marketing strategies to increase community awareness of WTCG services with a special focus on informing low-income individuals and persons in poverty about availability, eligibility, and personal development opportunities offered by behavioral counseling services; 2)Refine, develop, and manage donor relation systems to increase the donor base to support mission, goals, and sustainability of WTCG programs; and 3)Collaborate and develop partnerships with area social service agencies serving low-income citizens and participate in development of a community resource guide.

Program Benefits: Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Training, Health Coverage*, and Childcare assistance if eligible.

*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: Education, Health, Community Outreach, Children/Youth, Veterans, and Homelessness.

Skills: Recruitment, Community Organization, Education, Communications, Leadership, Non-Profit Management, Writing/Editing, Public Health, Youth Development, Conflict Resolution, General Skills, Fund raising/Grant Writing, Veterans, Social Services, and Public Speaking.