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MCC host site orientation

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MCC host site orientation

  1. 1. MCC*VISTA Host Site Orientation<br />Rachel Klegon<br />MCC*VISTA Program Manager<br />
  2. 2. (Corporation for National and Community Service<br />CNCS)<br />
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  4. 4. VISTA Principles<br />Anti Poverty<br />Community Empowerment<br />Capacity Building<br />
  5. 5. Capacity Building<br />Tasks and activities to create, expand or strengthen systems or processes in order to increase an organization’s ability to function effectively and meet its mission.<br />When is direct service ok?<br />
  6. 6. Focus Areas<br />Education<br />Veterans and Military Families<br />Healthy Futures<br />Environmental Stewardship<br />Economic Opportunity<br />Disaster Services<br />
  7. 7. Education<br />Support and Facilitate access to services and resources that contribute to improved educational outcomes for economically disadvantaged people, especially children<br />Improve school readiness for economically disadvantaged young children<br />Improve educational and behavioural outcomes for students in low-achieving elementary, middle and high schools<br />Improve the preparation for prospects of success in post-secondary education institutions for economically disadvantaged students<br />
  8. 8. Supervisor’s roles/responsibilities<br />Educate Community & Staff about VISTA<br />Ensure Adequate Resources<br />Develop VAD—Review, Revise, Utilize<br />Provide regular supervision, guidance and feedback to the VISTA<br />Provide regular feedback to the grant Program Manager <br />Quarterly Reports<br />Supervisor Meetings & Conference Calls <br />
  9. 9. Supervisor’s roles/responsibilities<br />Maintain oversight for the overall sustainability<br />Encourage & Provide Opportunities for the VISTA’s Personal and Professional Growth/ Find a Mentor<br />Attend Supervisor meetings<br />Support the integration of VISTAs into your organization and the community<br />Be your VISTAS Greatest Support<br />
  10. 10. Involve Program Manager If. . .<br />Getting close to using sick vacation days up (10 allowed for each) <br />Leave taken without approval<br />Behavioral problems after receiving written or verbal warnings<br />Change in Workplan<br />Change in address of VISTA or project site <br />Change in supervisor<br />
  11. 11. What if the placement isn’t working out?<br />Supervisor issues<br />VISTA Issues<br />
  12. 12. VISTA Finances<br />CNCS/MCC Benefits<br />Living Allowance<br />Relocation<br />Health Benefits<br />Child Care (for VISTAs that qualify)<br />Mileage Reimbursement (CNCS/MCC required events)<br />Professional Development<br />
  13. 13. VISTA Finances continued<br />Housing<br />Transportation<br />Travel/Mileage<br />Student Loans<br />Additional Training<br />Be aware and responsive<br />
  14. 14. VISTA: am I an employee or a volunteer?<br />Use Workplan to stay on track<br />Follow same rules of conduct<br />Quick learning curve<br /> need to leave their legacy. <br />Need recognition and feedback<br />“not getting rewarded with grades or money-need recognition”<br />
  15. 15. Reporting<br />Quarterly reports<br />Send timely accomplishments and stories<br /><ul><li>MNA Blog
  16. 16. CNCS monthly reports to DC
  17. 17. MCC website/ Monthly Feature
  18. 18. Share best practices
  19. 19. Multi Media</li></li></ul><li>Monitoring<br />Site visits (2 per year) Quarterly Reports, Calls with VISTA Leader, 6 month review and End of the Year Evaluations, <br />Return phone calls in a timely manner<br />
  20. 20. Training<br />Pre Service Orientation, CNCS<br />On site Orientation, Campus<br />August 10-12 training, MCC<br />November training, MCC<br />January training/Service Learning Institute, MCC. <br />March Training, MCC<br />Ongoing professional development<br />End or Year Celebration, MCC<br />
  21. 21. MCC Communication<br />Weekly e-mails<br />Check in calls with VISTA Leader<br />Monthly poverty conference calls<br />Provide support, resources and look for any concerns<br />
  22. 22. Preparing for your VISTA<br />Set aside first couple weeks for orientation<br />Creating a welcoming workspace<br />Touch base with VISTA prior to PSO<br />Confirm starting date/time, dress, parking, lunch<br />Ask VISTAs what they learned at PSO<br />
  23. 23. TUTORIALS & TRAINING<br />www.nationalservice.gov<br />www.nationalservicesources.org<br />http://micampuscompact.org/vista.asp<br />VISTA Member Forms<br />http://my.americorps.gov<br />
  24. 24. RESOURCES<br />VISTA member handbook, http://www.nationalservice.gov/help/vistahandbook/chapter1.html<br />VISTA Campus, http://vistacampus.org/login/index.php<br />Rachel Klegon, Program Manager<br />rklegon@micampuscompact.org<br />VISTA Leader, mccvista@micampuscompact.org<br />

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