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Contact Person(s):Mr. Gregory Gale
VISIONS is a pioneering multicultural training and consulting organization that initiates a positive learning journey for people and groups to become catalysts for change against oppression for a more equitable world. The organization was founded by three African American women who grew up together in the segregated south. Due to their early experience of oppression these women and their allies developed a powerful framework for recognizing, understanding, appreciating and leveraging differences. Today VISIONS helps faith based organizations, for profits, non-profits and educational institutions across the United States create more inclusive and multicultural organizations and communities. VISIONS takes a personal approach to dismantling racism and other forms of oppression by inviting people on a journey of learning and inquiry, asking that they look at the four interlocking levels (personal, interpersonal, institutional, cultural) where oppression occurs today. VISIONS aims to foster and "emancipatory consciousness" among its trainees, and to advance the "beloved community" across differences. In addition, the organization runs a youth program called The Legacy Project that trains 15-24 year olds in the VISIONS model and helps them become agents of change in their own lives and communities. The young people go through transformational learning, train other youth and adults in the VISIONS model, and run community arts events that create dialogue and artistic expression about racism, violence and other oppressions facing people in Boston.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
There are two available placements. The first is with the Legacy Project. The student will be mentored in the skill of grant writing and help strategize and raise resources for Legacy. In addition the student will help administrate and participate in the Legacy trainings and community arts events with youth during the summer or school year. Students interested in youth work, program development, learning to fundraise, and being effective in multicultural settings will gain and give a great deal. The second placement is in non-profit management and communications. VISIONS is scaling up its efforts to reach a broader audience with its programs and services. The student would work with the Directors of VISIONS to improve management systems and communication methods. The student would match their interests with a list of priority projects. In both placements, students will be offered access to the VISIONS 4 Day Workshop. This workshop presents the core of the VISIONS model and is offered across the country. It provides a powerful set of tools and personal process approach to dismantling racism and other oppressions. Students will also be offered opportunities to observe local consults and learn the VISIONS model by seeing it applied in various settings.
We are located a 1/2 mile from Dudley Station which is accessible by public transportation.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
One hour per week with supervisor.
Number of Students: not specified
Total Compensation: $4,000.00
Type of Compensation: work study