Pennsylvania Farmworker Project PHENND Fellow Americorps VISTA

Program Description 

PHENND (The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) is a 30-year-old consortium of over 25 colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia region. The consortium actively seeks to revitalize local communities and promote civic responsibility through service learning among the region's higher education institutions. The PHENND Fellows Non-profit Track fosters young non-profit leaders by giving them an opportunity to build capacity for local organizations through a variety of activities. If you want to help build sustainable solutions in Philadelphia, apply below.  

For more than 20 years, Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) has provided free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Pennsylvania.  While most of PLA’s clients live in Philadelphia, PLA also operates a statewide program, the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP), which, through legal assistance, education, and systemic advocacy helps empower immigrant farmworkers to advocate in the workplace and disrupt exploitative employer practices. Farmworkers are essential to the state’s $7.9 billion agricultural industry, yet they are uniquely targeted because of socioeconomic, linguistic, and geographic isolation. Due to the legal complexities that the farmworker community faces, PFP prioritizes a more holistic model of legal representation. PFP prioritizes clients’ individual goals, and works with clients to develop a solution that goes beyond pure legal outcomes. 

Member Duties

The PHENND Fellow Americorps VISTA will allow PFP to aid more farmworker families in escaping abusive employment situations and building stability into their lives. The PHENND Fellow VISTA will help increase PFP’s efficiency and effectiveness by:

  • Establishing structures for outreach planning and expanding accessibility of outreach materials
  • Strengthening our provider relationships and referral network
  • Identifying new sustainable sources of funding and completing grant applications
  • Developing an archive of quality training materials for new staff and volunteers
  • Constructing and implementing a survey-based assessment of farmworkers needs
  • Updating PFP's community education materials

Benefits

  • Living Allowance
  • Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
  • Health Coverage
  • Childcare assistance if eligible
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Education award upon successful completion of service
  • Training and Professional Development

Desired Qualifications

  • Fluent spoken and written Spanish language skills (required)
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills 
  • Empathy, ability to hold Trauma, strong committment to PFP's mission and values
  • Problem-solving and analytical abilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Very self-motivated
  • Proficiency in Computers/Technology
  • A driver's license is desired but not necessary

Applicants Should apply directly through Americorps at the following link:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=87131&fromSearch=true