College Health Corps HOST SITE ORIENTATION FOR RETURNING SUPERVISORS MARCH 18, 2011
Introduction Congratulations to the 10 sites for 2011-2012! Broadway Family Medicine Clinic (Minneapolis, North) Growing Up Healthy (Northfield/Faribault) Hawthorne Education Center (Rochester) Metropolitan State University (St. Paul) Minnesota Internship Center (Minneapolis, South) Neighborhood HealthSource (Minneapolis, North) Northern Dental Access Center (Bemidji) NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center (Minneapolis, North) University of Minnesota, Duluth (Duluth) University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis, Cedar-Riverside) VISTA start date June 21 They attend Pre-Service Orientation 6/21-24 The official first day of service is June 25 VISTAs will start at host sites June 27
Clarifying the VISTA role VISTAs: building capacity in a sustainable way Indirect service; no direct service other than in orientation best when focused on a few large projects can not replace staff tasks and can not do administrative work UNLESS all staff are required to share responsibility continue to leverage campus-community partnerships VISTAs must be at least 18 years old be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien commit a full year of service
What VISTAs can/can’t do Education courses *New* VISTAs can take one course- related to service Other employment VISTAs can not have outside employment Religious or political activity VISTAs can not participate in any religious or political activity while representing VISTA.
VISTA Member Service Year VISTAs service year is 365 days, 24/7 10 medical and 10 sick days CNCS provides: bi-weekly living allowance stipend health coverage education award or cash stipend for completion of year Childcare for income-eligible members moving allowance if relocating more than 50 miles for service Host site benefits Can’t give money. Can give housing, meal, or bus stipend, etc.
Strong Supervision The most important competency in supervising a VISTA project is communication with your VISTAs. Do not assume they understand the big picture regarding the project Meet regularly with your VISTAs, as a group and one-on-one if possible Share the project plan with the VISTA Introduce the VISTA to the community Provide structure, advice, and guidance for the VISTAs assignment Clarify internal policies for requesting leave, and obtaining reimbursements and obtaining supplies Understand the full set of policies in the VISTA Member Handbook Assess assignment performance with the VISTA Give the VISTA feedback on their project activities Work with the VISTA on meeting personal and professional goals Partner with the VISTA in developing community activities Ensure that the rules, regulations, and guidelines of the VISTA program are metSupervisor Manual: http://vistacampus.org/mod/book/view.php?id=2223&chapterid=2372
1) Select ‘Search SubmittedApplications’ on the left column 2) Select your site from the drop down menu. 3) Select ‘Submitted’ to ensure you just see current applications (otherwise previous years’ applications will appear)
Click on the applicant’s nameto see the full application andrecommendations. If you justhit ‘print’ on the right, youwon’t be able to see theapplicant’s recommendations.
The last step toselecting a VISTA:SponsorRecommendation isfor the VISTAsupervisor to fillout & is reviewed byCNCS office beforeapproval. Thismust be detailed!
Supervisor Resources The CHC Blog includes a supervisor intranet, http://mncollegehealthcorps.wordpress.com/ click on the last tab on the right labeled ‘Supervisor Intranet’ password: chcsupers
Recruitment Logistics Required Paperwork due by April 29 All documents are found on the Supervisor Intranet Eligibility documentation form (no longer accept SS card) VISTA Interview checklist background check release Travel to service site (if moving more than 50 miles) Timeline April 29 is the deadline to select a final candidate & all required paperwork Site forfeit a VISTA position if the slot is not filled by April 29 due to CNCS policies
Next Steps Host Site Agreement Fill out specifics for your site Mail two copies to Minnesota Campus Compact 2211 Riverside Avenue S, #48 Minneapolis MN 55454 $3,000 Program fee Due April 15 with Host Site Agreement Non-refundable
Next steps continued Revisions to VAD MNCC and CNCS State Office will make comments comments will be emailed by Friday, March 18 Revisions due April 15 VISTA’s on-site orientation and training schedule Critical to a successful year for the VISTA and site Don’t assume ANYTHING during orientation orientation should last at least 2-3 weeks due June 1 Supervisor in-person meeting in May- preferred dates?
Questions? Comments? This is A LOT of information! Please contact us with any questions Meghan’s contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org 612-436-2080 Jessica’s contact information (VISTA Leader): email@example.com 612-436-2082