#208: Rural and Migrant Ministry

 Liberty, New York

Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM) works in the areas of accompaniment, education, and youth empowerment in its quest to stand with disenfranchised farm- and rural workers and to change unjust systems and structures. RMM seeks BVS volunteers for two of its programs.

Website: http://www.ruralmigrantministry.org/youtheconomicgroup.html

Job Descriptions

Rural and Migrant Ministry (RMM) works in the areas of accompaniment, education, and youth empowerment in its quest to stand with disenfranchised farm- and rural workers and to change unjust systems and structures. RMM seeks BVS volunteers for two of its programs.

(A) Youth Economic Group (YEG) is a diverse group of students who want more from a community where opportunities are limited. Members manage a business called Basement Bags, in which they use a cooperative model to silkscreen and sell socially-conscious bags with messages of peace and justice. In addition to creating their own product, the business helps them exercise leadership, experience a just work environment, and express opinions important to them.

YEG seeks a Youth Economic Education Fellow to mentor the group and facilitate meetings and work days, thus serving a role in community revitalization and youth development.

Some experience with youth is necessary, as is a willingness to learn both the production and accounting sides of a small business alongside the members. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and have a driver’s license.

(B) Developed by RMM in partnership with farmworkers, Liturgia Rural Worker Education Center offers experiential leadership development programs for rural workers as they seek to improve their working and living conditions. The Center seeks a Youth Education and Outreach Fellow to assist with regular programming such as the ESL- literacy program and Alternative Spring Break. A special focus will be the development of our newest Youth Empowerment Group for high school students. The group only began meeting in October 2015 and is still developing its mission and identity, within an organization-wide focus on social justice. With the help of the volunteer and other staff, they will meet weekly and come up with projects and year-long goals. The Fellow will also coordinate the two-week Summer Leadership Day program, including supervising two full-time summer college interns.

We are looking for applicants with experience living independently who are proactive in the workplace and who have experience working with youth. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and have a driver’s license.

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