Congratulations to our 2019 grantee organizations!
3rd District Juvenile Court Services: The mission of Juvenile Court Services (JCS) is to serve the welfare of children and their families within a sound framework of restorative justice to ensure public safety, while providing the guidance, structure, support and services needed to every child under its supervision.
About the Internship: The community internship position would be a much-needed catalyst for JCS to advance our immigration goals by building cultural competency and community outreach.
Boys Town has been a national leader in the care and treatment of children since its founding in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan. Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofit, nonsectarian child and family care organizations in the country, and provides compassionate, research-proven treatment for behavioral, emotional and physical problems.
About the Internship: The goals of our summer position are to provide service learning and professional experience for a social work and human services student, link students to future employment opportunities with nonprofits such Boys Town, and have a positive outcome for children, families, and communities.
Buy Fresh Buy Local – Siouxland, Inc: The Sioux City Farmers’ Market is one of the most important events of the year. It brings together all the people of the surrounding area to enjoy the bounty of the locally grown produce, delicious baked goods, and beautifully handcrafted items. Everything that is for sale is grown or produced by the person selling it.
About the Internship: The goals of this position are to help the farmers market continue to grow, develop and develop the Power Of Produce (POP) program for the market, and develop the downtown area of Sioux City.
Camp High Hopes: Camp High Hopes offers year-round therapeutic recreation programs and respites in Sioux City, IA designed to enrich the lives of youth and adults with diagnosed disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other special needs. Our specialized programs include experiences in archery, canoeing, and nature education, among others, for individuals and groups with Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, and other intellectual and physical disabilities.
About the Internship: To further the mission of the camp by serving as the primary caregiver for an assigned group of campers with disabilities and through assisting in the delivery of program activities at the camp. Provides the daily care of each camper supervised including recognition of and assistance with personal health needs including assisting campers with activities of daily living.
The Food Bank of Siouxland (“FBS”), founded in 1991, is a year-round source of food to 100 nonprofit organizations in Siouxland serving an average of 16,088 people each month. The FBS solicits and distributes fresh, frozen, boxed, canned, and non-shelf stable foods to our member agencies consisting of food pantries, emergency relief agencies, shelters, day care centers, rehabilitation programs, senior citizen’s centers, and other outreach programs.
About the Internships: The goal of the Social Media Intern position is to create a sustainable plan to effectively and efficiently use social media to raise awareness of hunger in Siouxland and raise funds to further the mission of the Food Bank. The goals of the Marketing and Social Media Intern position are to help raise more awareness about the Food Bank of Siouxland and help communicate our mission and need to the public so that we can be better advocates for and better serve the food insecure people in our area.
Girls Inc. of Sioux City: Girls Inc helps girls and young women gain the skills, confidence and self-awareness needed to become successful women. Any girl between the ages of six and eighteen is eligible to attend after school and during the summer.
About the Internships: Staff at Girls Inc. work each day to meet the mission of “Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” By working with families, teachers, counselors and other providers to ensure the positive development, health and well-being of Girls Inc. members, staff ensure that girls and families are connected and/or referred to services that can meet their needs. Staff have opportunities to create and maintain relationships with schools, employers, and families so that the needs of community are met at a micro- (family) level.
Haven House Family Service Center: Our mission is “Haven House is dedicated to eliminating violence in the lives of men, women, and children through empowerment, education, social action and support services.” Haven House services include the following: emergency shelter, emergency transportation, protection order assistance, criminal justice, medical, and legal advocacy, peer support groups, child advocacy programs, immigration and referral assistance to survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
About the Internship: The intern will learn about hunger relief and other services provided to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The intern will be involved in encouraging our clients to sign up for adult education. The intern will be involved in helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with immigration services.
Heartland Family Service, Omaha, NE: The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service currently serves more than 52,000 individuals of all ages each year from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention and Housing & Financial Stability.
About the Internship: This position is responsible for providing screening and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness, including those who or living in housing through agency programs, on the streets or in other places not meant for human habitation.
Mary Treglia Community House: Our mission is to welcome, empower, educate, and advocate for Siouxland’s newcomers. Mary J Treglia Community House envisions a vital and diverse community of self-sufficient, responsible, and engaged Siouxland. We value the celebration of diversity, hospitality, solidarity and compassion.
About the ELL Instructor Internship: The intern will meet with English-language learners on a regular basis – currently for 1 hour, 3 times weekly. Engage the learners in English conversation using conversation topic starters, word games, printed materials, story-telling, etc. Gauge comprehension level of learners in the classroom and attempt to meet the needs of all levels and languages represented by varying the complexity and vocabulary of conversation, breaking into small groups, playing guessing games that includes all members of class, etc.
About the Family Services Specialists Internship: The Mary J Treglia Community House needs Family Services Navigators who are able to work with all newcomers. It is helpful if the student speaks more than one language. In addition social service provider, the family services provider will coach adults on how to fill out forms, apply for jobs, navigate our healthcare system, or understand how to get a drivers license. A successful intern will treat all clients with open arms and help them to become more self-sufficient.
Mid-Step Services: The mission of Mid-Step Services is to provide residential, vocational, educational, and recreational services to people with intellectual disabilities in a caring, supportive environment where each individual is encouraged to reach his or her highest potential. The vision of the organization is to be the most respected service provider in the state; known for the opportunities we provide to consumers, employees, and families.
About the Internship: The primary responsibility of the Marketing Assistant is to assist the Development Director & the Graphics Manager to communicate the mission and any special events or fundraising initiatives through social media and the agency web site. The intern will also work on updating the agency brochure and any other designated marketing materials. Another job duty will include developing maintaining and promoting an agency story & picture bank. Knowledge of layouts, design related to print and digital media formats is preferred.
Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA: At the Norm Waitt, Sr. YMCA, we strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more than 130 years, we have been building stronger kids through youth sports programs, swimming and water safety lessons and summer camp. We’ve been building stronger adults in our Wellness Center, and now also through our Prescription Health programming where we walk alongside cancer survivors and adults with chronic conditions to help them regain physical and mental strength while developing a network of friends with the same challenges. And, as one of the area’s largest nonprofit organizations, we encourage social responsibility by not only giving back to our community through free family fun events and donation drives, but also by leading the charge to make volunteerism a rewarding, habitual part of our community members’ lives.
About the Internship: The Marketing Intern joins the entire YMCA team in supporting the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Marketing Intern at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA will help foster a cause-centered culture that is welcoming, genuine, hopeful, nurturing, and determined and also works to build the community’s understanding of the YMCA’s cause and impact through development and implementation of effective marketing and communications strategies.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Siouxland’s mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. We focus on the critical needs of children and their families. In addition to a place to stay and find comfort, we also help fill the critical need of hunger through our Family Lunch Program.
About the Internship: Through this summer position, we will grow the RMHC of Siouxland Family Lunch Program in frequency and families served. We are currently providing lunch 3 days a week. With the summer position, we would grow to 4 days a week. To date we have provided over 1,500 lunches. With the added summer help, we would be better equipped to reach our goal of providing 2,500 lunches in 2019.
Sioux City College Access Network: We are a community-based college access coordinating body supported by a team of community and education leaders representing K-12, higher education, nonprofit sector, government, business, and philanthropy. These intermediary organizations are committed to building a college-going culture and dramatically increasing the college going/completion rates within their community.
About the Data Specialist Internship: The intern will update and develop a community data dashboard and resource guide to be displayed on the Sioux City CAN website. The dashboard uses a variety of education-related data sources, such as census data and survey results, so the intern will collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data. The resource guide will be comprised of brief explanations of services, links to service providers’ websites, and other information.
About the Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator Internship: The intern will help to develop a post-secondary education awareness campaign that engages adult learners in Sioux City, with an emphasis on disenfranchised groups such as immigrants and English language learners. The efforts will guide any adult learner in the community by introducing them to resources and requirements for pursuing a post-secondary credential. The student will work with an established group of Sioux City CAN partners to develop a community outreach and communications strategy in order to open sustainable lines of communication between Sioux City CAN, partner organizations, and adult learners in the community. The student will use data analysis and community outreach to devise a strategy that includes the organizations and leaders best suited to provide guidance, inspiration, and resources to adult learners. The project will lead to strengthened partnerships, new opportunities for collaboration, and more open communication between community members.
Sioux City Human Rights Commission: The SCHRC investigates discrimination complaints that occur in Sioux City, Iowa regarding housing, employment, public accommodations, education and credit. We provide referrals to appropriate agencies when we do not have jurisdiction (other states or other areas in Iowa). The SCHRC also sponsors educational programming in an effort to minimize and eliminate discrimination.
About the Internship: The individual will assist in developing an outreach campaign involving 1) holding a minimum of three “pop-up” events at local businesses designed to reach the immigrant and other disenfranchised communities; 2) hosting a minimum of two outreach activities at the Mary Treglia Community House (as agreed to by their executive director); 3) planning and/or hosting of at least two Fair Housing outreach events, including the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act.
Siouxland Mental Health Center: Siouxland Mental Health Center (SMHC) is a nonprofit community mental health center that provides a comprehensive range of mental health services for the evaluation and treatment of people of all ages experiencing mental illness, individual or family emotional distress, and overwhelmingly stressful circumstances. Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Siouxland Mental Health Center is the designated community mental health center for Woodbury County. Siouxland Mental Health Center was founded in 1969 to address the unmet mental health needs in the community.
About the Internship: To bring awareness of mental health to our Spanish speaking clients, and the surrounding Hispanic community. To promote our agency within the community through advertising and fundraising efforts.
The Bridge of Storm Lake’s mission is to strive to care and advocate for Storm Lake youth in vulnerable places of life by meeting them where they are, building a supportive community there, and providing training toward a more hope-filled future. The Bridge as an organization has 3 main areas, Neighborhood Program, Youth & Summer Youth Programs, Social Enterprise Programs.
About the Internship: Support over 125 new youth from immigrant or refugee families in Storm Lake by providing food to bring the community together over meals or snacks. The youth in the community will be impacted by providing healthy meals and snacks to help decrease in hunger needs among during the summer months when students are not in school and parents are at work.
TS Community Foundation: TS Community Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation affiliated with the TS Banking Group. The TS Community Foundation financially supports the TS Institute, which specializes in delivering free personal financial education to consumers of all ages in regions the TS Banking Group conducts business, including the Council Bluffs region.
About the Internship: TS Community Foundation will focus on improving economic and financial education for constituents in Council Bluffs. Our goal is to improve overall knowledge of financial management within the Council Bluffs Hispanic and immigrant community with focus on budgeting, proper use of credit, understanding taxes, insurance, and entrepreneurship.
Women Aware: Women Aware began in Sioux City, IA in 1979 in response to the nationwide phenomenon of homemakers displaced by divorce, widowhood, societal trends and economic pressures. The goal then, as it is now, was to provide a supportive, instructional environment in which to resolve overwhelming emotional and economic problems and transition into greater economic independence and self-sufficiency. Our services concentrate on issues of self-confidence, management of household dynamics and finances, job preparation and increased earning capacity. Our counseling imparts resource information that helps clients achieve goals; our advocacy and networking on the clients’ behalf increases their access to these resources.
About the Internship: Over the course of 8 weeks, the summer intern will work within an open and supportive environment conducive to the development of multicultural competence and sensitivity to individual differences. They will be given experiential learning opportunities to develop a knowledge base for working with diverse populations. The employee will learn to develop and implement community outreach and marketing efforts, liaise with city officials, Siouxland residents, other social service agencies, and local businesses.
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