AmeriCorps VISTA at Penn Engineering GRASP Laboratory
Love to work with Children and Robots?
GRASP is looking for one outstanding candidate interested in spending a year fighting poverty with robots! In Philadelphia, the AmeriCorps VISTA will work at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory to help expand and support FIRST underserved teams in the Philadelphia, Camden, and Chester School Districts. By supporting teams, the AmeriCorps VISTA will develop and enhance recruitment, fundraising (Grant writing), communication, leadership, and education skills. As well as become part of a network of educational partnerships in the area and advocate for STEM learning in the community.
The AmeriCorps VISTA program operates through the FIRST Robotics organization, a non-profit that organizes robotics competitions around the world for students K-12. ties. The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to create and expand the vision of FIRST by working in areas that have been deemed underserved: lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have little to no support or resources to be able to easily access STEM initiatives.
The VISTA program provides a stipend and an educational grant to all participants. There is significant opportunity to meet city educators, leaders, and granting organizations. This is a career building program that is perfect for a recent graduate not ready to enter the workforce.