YouthBuild VISTA – Portland, ME

November 14, 2019

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Overview and Position Summary: 

Service Description: The mission of YouthBuild USA is to break the cycle of poverty by unleashing the intelligence and positive energy of low-income out-of-school young adults to rebuild their communities and their lives. In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16 to 24 enroll full-time for about a year, during which time they build affordable housing for homeless and low-income people and work toward their own high school diploma or GED while learning leadership skills and internalizing the ethic of service.


LearningWorks YouthBuild, known as Youth Building Alternatives (YBA), is an affiliate of YouthBuild USA and has been serving young men and women since 1994.  LearningWorks’ Youth Build program is a comprehensive youth development program with the following core components: Education, Vocational, Jobs for Maine Graduates, Leadership, Community Service, and on-site counseling (group and individual as needed). Through alternative education and employment pathways, YBA enables participants to advance toward post-secondary education or career-oriented employment while taking responsibility for the community at large.  Upon successful completion of the program Youth Building Alternatives transition services assist students in job and/or college placement. YBA staff provides follow-up services for at least a year after leaving the program.


Member Duties: This position based at LearningWorks in Portland, ME, and will work in two main capacity-building arenas within the Youth Building Alternatives Program (YBA): 1. Curriculum development across all disciplines in the YouthBuild program; and 2. Development


  1. Curriculum Development: Our staff team has only been in the YouthBuild world since late 2017, and we are now at a place where all members of the staff are ready to solidify and compile their curricular materials. Curriculum development is a large undertaking, and one that the teaching staff have little time to devote to it. It will be the role of the VISTA member to conference with each member of the teaching staff about their curricular materials, and the assistance that they could use in compiling their curriculum. The final product will consist of digital and hard-copy curricular materials to be used by all staff members for future years.
  2. Part of the YouthBuild requirements include a match contribution from community partners to help sustain the program.  All staff members have a stake in successful development activities, but it will be the role of the VISTA member to seek out grants and corporate funding, and in collaboration with the Director and the Student Development Coordinator, apply and procure additional funding.
  3. Beyond the two project-focused priorities, the YouthBuild VISTA member will be considered as a member of the staff, with all of the requirements and opportunities inherent in a team-based position. Such duties include:
    1. Regular and punctual attendance for all whole-staff obligations, including but not limited to: daily morning and afternoon meetings with the students, regular staff meetings, and regular supervision meetings.
    2. Opportunities for professional development, including but not limited to: positive youth development, social-emotional learning, and workforce development.

Opportunities for program collaboration beyond the job requirements, as determined by interest and ability.  Our program is comprehensive and wide-ranging, and our staff culture is built upon a spirit of collaboration, honest and frequent communication, and ease in being flexible.  As part of the staff team, the AmeriCorps VISTA member will be encouraged to share ideas, experiences, and passions with our team and with our youth (although, direct service to the youth is not allowable under the AmeriCorps VISTA model).

Program Benefits*:


  • Compensation: $15,269 annual living stipend, with the end of year benefit of an education award in the amount equal to a Pell Grant ($5,775) or a cash stipend ($1,500 paid in two installments).


  • Other Benefits: Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Childcare assistance if eligible .

*Note: This is an AmeriCorps position, and therefore is considered a volunteer or service position.  The benefits of the position are provided by AmeriCorps VISTA.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit


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

Service Areas: Children/Youth, Education, Community and Economic Development.

Skills : Non-Profit Management ,  Youth Development ,  Writing/Editing ,  Education ,  Communications .



  1. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and at least 2 professional references via email to:

Jennifer Belanger

Director, Youth Building Alternatives



  1. After an interview and reference check, if accepted, the final candidate is referred to YouthBuild USA and AmeriCorps. The candidate must complete an AmeriCorps application and be accepted by the national AmeriCorps office.
  2. Once accepted by LearningWorks YBA and AmeriCorps, training and start date will be determined, with a goal start date in fall 2019.