Region 10 Healthy Futures AmeriCorps* Program


The Region 10 Healthy Futures Program is a new collaborative effort among organizations and agencies who are working to address personal, community, economic, and environmental health  in rural Colorado communities.

The program is designed to infuse the region with human resources needed to bridge gaps between specific community needs and the resources that are available to meet those needs, with common regional goals in the areas of Food Security, Access, and Nutrition; Economic Development; and Environmental Stewardship.

The program is in planning and development stages and we are poised to launch in August 2018. We are currently accepting applications from potential partner/host sites who are interested in having an AmeriCorps member serve with your organization.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM



Rural Colorado communities need healthy food, healthy economies, and a healthy environment so that our residents can thrive and reach their full potential.


We understand that rural communities are under-resourced and have a wide variety of needs, and we recognize that it takes an “insider”  to really understand specific audiences and to affect change in targeted needs. 


Therefore, we partner with organizations in rural mountain Colorado counties to support their community-based programs that fall under our three focus areas:  Healthy Futures, Environment, Economic Development. 



Programs in action could be nutrition and environmental education, access to healthy foods (food security), culturally-based youth/community leadership development, and more.


Furthermore, because we understand how directly the problems of health, economics, and environment are linked, the Mountain Roots Healthy Futures Program encourages community development organizations, advocacy nonprofits, and community health care providers to work together on programs that improve the overall health of low-income individuals and families.


By identifying and addressing the complex root causes rural community residents face,  the network can directly empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the world around them. Together we can transform our neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities.


Our first regional impact report will be available in December 2018.

 

FOR PARTNERS & HOST SITES



Short-staffed ? Have a great project idea but no one to lead it ? Become a Host Site.


Host Sites are our community-level partners  who direct the work of one or more AmeriCorps members placed there for up to one year of service.


We are seeking partners who have shovel- ready projects that are aligned with at least one of our three focus areas:

  1. Food Security, Access, and Nutrition

  2. Economic Development

  3. Environmental Stewardship


Thousands of young Americans are eager to make a difference in communities like yours! By hosting a member, your organization will have the opportunity to engage these individuals to increase your impact together over the course of a year. They learn new skills and gain experience – and your organization gets committed, full-time corps members whose service will support your mission.


Through this partnership, you can serve more clients, extend your reach into the community, or build your organization’s capacity to achieve its goals. Not only that – service years are a great way to attract new talent to your organization. While you’re under no obligation to hire the corps member at the end of the year, many organizations are so satisfied that they find a place for their corps members on their staff. Sound good?


APPLY TO BE A HOST SITE

Applications available Jan 5, 2018




Timeline

Dec 15 - Letters of Interest

Jan 4 - Invitations for full applications are issued

Jan 30  - Host Site Applications due

Feb 1-15  - Review / Clarification Period

April   - Status notification

May - July   - Member Recruiting

September  - Member service begins

 

FOR MEMBERS



We are seeking talented leaders for a year of public service to help build healthy and sustainable communities in the limited-resource environment of the rural Colorado Rocky Mountains.


What You’ll Do

Grass roots, community-based projects that directly improve the health of underserved audiences in rural communities at the individual and community levels. Projects vary but can include nutrition and environmental education; community or school gardening programs; healthy food access for food pantries, schools, seniors, or other groups;  and other projects that address basic needs for disadvantaged audiences.


What You’ll Gain

You’ll make a measurable difference in the lives of low-income and minority children and families,  while gaining professional skills and becoming part a network of change makers that will continue to grow beyond your time with the program. Members receive:

  1. Living Allowance of $13,000

  2. Steven Segal Education award $5,920

  3. Student Loan Forbearance

  4. Health Care Insurance

  5. Professional Development through Regional and Local trainings led by experts in the field.


What is a service year?

A paid opportunity to develop real-world skills through hands-on service. It’s an extraordinary year that transforms your life and your community. It’s not your typical path ... it’s an experience for A Better You. A Greater Us.


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... Because you’ll make a measurable and visible change in a high-need community. Because you’ll meet amazing people. Because you’ll be challenged. Because you’ll grow.

— Graham Downey, former service member

WHY SERVE ?