This position is part of the 826 National Network VISTA Program and is located at 826 New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. 826 New Orleans cultivates and supports the voices of young writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities. Since its founding in a 1st grade class of 43 students in 2010, 826 New Orleans (formerly Big Class) has celebrated transformative impact on thousands of students’ lives. Students, parents, and teachers overwhelmingly report improved writing skills and academic performance as a result of its programs. Countless students have shifted their attitudes about writing from reluctance and intimidation to affinity, confidence, and pride. Whether students are enrolled in a two-hour workshop or a semester-long in-school project, all programs end in publication. A rigorous writing process leads to a wide range of high-quality work, from short stories about aliens in outer space celebrating Mardi Gras to personal narratives about overcoming struggle. When a student sees their ideas manifested in a physical publication, they learn that through hard work, determination, and opportunity they are able to turn their ideas into a reality. This not only improves literacy outcomes; it also builds the confidence necessary for empowerment and mobility. And all of this happens at no cost to participants. Ultimately, 826 New Orleans’ work is structured with the understanding that great leaps in learning happen with individualized attention, that writing is fundamental to future success, and that youth voice is crucial to the future of New Orleans. VISTA members will have the opportunity to create new systems and enhance current efforts related to fundraising, marketing, and program development.
The 826 New Orleans Development & Communications Coordinator will create new systems to support, grow, and sustain fundraising and communications practices, enabling the organization to expand its free programs for youth. Activities will include building and maintaining relationships with corporate and foundation partners to increase funding opportunities; coordinating program evaluation materials to identify students' social-emotional and academic gains through 826 New Orlean's free writing and tutoring programs; coordinating social media output in conjunction with programming and development teams in order to engage our community; and creating and collaborating on the creation of marketing materials, including newsletters, flyers, event promotion materials, and more.
Benefits are provided through AmeriCorps and include: Relocation Allowance, Health Coverage, Transportation stipend, Training, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible.