Community Education Outreach VISTA, I-LEAD

Posted by on October 08, 2012

Community Education Outreach I-LEAD

I-LEAD, Inc. organized and leads the Collaborative for Community Creativity (C3), a collaborative of community based organizations and institutions of higher education in southeastern Pennsylvania that provide access to and success in college to challenged communities. As education is the number one most effective antipoverty and community development strategy, I-LEAD and C3 organizations maintain the long term goal of increasing the educational attainment levels in their communities. A team of five VISTAs will support this goal by serving as Community Education Outreach VISTAs who inform communities about the benefits of and pathways to higher education and develop relevant procedures and systems serving in Philadelphia, the City of Chester, Reading, and Coatesville. Currently, we are seeking candidates for the City of Chester and Reading. Community Education Outreach (CEO) VISTAs conduct outreach to the local community to expand public awareness of the benefits of higher education, inform residents about the college application process, and explain the financial aid system. Most importantly, VISTAs will help community members who have historically perceived college to be out of reach, see themselves as potential college students. CEOs 1) educate communities about the importance of higher education to job access, economic advancement, improvement in health, personal growth, family well-being and community quality of life; 2) introduce and connect residents to educational resources in the community; and 3) support residents interested in and ready to complete their secondary education or pursue higher education through the ACE Associate’s Degree program.

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