QVS Atlanta

Atlanta Site Placements for 2017-18 (click on any logo for more information)

Georgia Sierra Club


Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. What makes the Sierra Club unique is that we have the grassroots power to win with 2.7 million members and supporters, 64 Chapters, and over 400 groups. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

Job Title: Ready for 100 Organizer

Builds public support to accomplish the goals of the Ready for 100 campaign, which is aimed at getting the City of Atlanta to commit to a fair and just plan to transition to 100% clean energy. Recruits and trains volunteer leaders, develops relationships with the community other organizations, and officials that can influence change. Increases the number of volunteer supporters that turnout for events and participate in achieving the campaign objectives.

Scope:
The Organizer is responsible for recruiting, engaging, and motivating volunteers and large numbers of new people to take repeated action that furthers Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign or program goals. Identifies and develops volunteers to take on the role of team leaders and build grassroots power and networks.

Identifies and builds alliances with other organizations which can influence decision-makers. Regularly works outside of the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public. Travels to relevant communities and locations to implement campaign plans..

The Kindezi School- Village

The Kindezi Schools is a high-performing charter school group that has been operating innovative and successful schools in downtown Atlanta since 2010. At Kindezi, we are passionately committed to providing ALL children with a privileged education, including broad access and opportunities, support for differences, high expectations, and successful outcomes for all.

Kindezi is rapidly expanding and is now preparing to open its third location, Gideons Elementary as a turnaround project with Atlanta Public Schools in the 2017-2018 school year. In the 2017-18 school year, Kindezi will serve over 1,000 Atlanta area students, and will have a staff size of close to 300. Our mission is ambitious: through academic rigor and student-centered approaches to learning, Kindezi will optimally develop the leader, scholar, and artist in all students while instilling in each a love of learning and a sense of pride. Based on the principles and practices of the Bantu people of Congo, Africa, the vision of The Kindezi School is a community of teachers and parents sharing the responsibility, privilege, and joy of holistically educating every child, preparing them thoroughly for success in all facets of life.

The QVS Fellow will serve as the Special Projects Assistant and will have a unique opportunity to support a rapidly growing charter school network in Atlanta, GA. This person will impact over a thousand students by primarily supporting our central executive leadership team. They will also be involved in improving our community and family engagement efforts through coordinating events and identifying and implementing opportunities for engagement. The Special Projects Assistant will oversee several special projects as well as have day to day duties. This person will need to be flexible, detail-oriented, organized, competent, reliable, and have a willingness to help.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with executive team to establish objectives and execute projects.
  • Assist with general office administrative duties, such as filing, printing/copying, ordering supplies, maintaining inventory of supplies and tools.
  • Assist with event set up, such as open houses, meetings, trainings, and lunches.
  • Identify opportunities and plan and implement activities to improve community and family engagement.
  • Assist with general human resources duties, such as onboarding and data entry
  • Prepare newsletters, reports, memos, spreadsheets, emails, letters, etc.
  • Plan central office team outings and service projects to improve staff and community culture.
  • Continually look for opportunities to help the entire team's effectiveness
  • Other miscellaneous duties as needs arise
Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist (“Specialist”). The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

9to5

9to5, founded in 1973, is a national membership-based organization committed to strengthening the ability of low-income women to win economic justice. 9to5 combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve employment policies for women and families. Their mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. While they work to win immediate improvements in conditions for low-income women, they also seek to address the root causes of poverty among women and their families, and to focus on the links between different types of oppression. They connect injustice in the workplace with the systemic discrimination from which it stems, and relate both to the need for creation and protection of family supporting jobs for all. They also work for social change within our organization and community by electing our leadership from our constituency, operating in a democratic manner, connecting local and global issues, working in collaboration with other local organizations, and building communication and trust across diverse constituencies.

The QVS Fellow position is as the Helpline and Chapter Organizer which is split between three roles. Half of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to outreach and member engagement for the Atlanta chapter’s issue campaigns (Ban the Box, Election Connection, and the Family Care Act). A quarter of the Fellow’s time will be spent managing the Job Survival Helpline, providing information to our callers about their rights on the job and assistance navigating their options to deal with workplace issues. We provide in-depth training on employment law and resources available to our callers, as well as side-by-side on the job training for practice taking calls. The final quarter of the Fellow’s time will be supporting the Action Network, including engaging helpline callers and other new contacts to provide tools and resources to build support for working women’s issues in their own communities.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Logo
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

The Atlanta Economic Justice Program works with low income, underserved, and vulnerable communities through grassroots organizing and fostering community leadership to build a culture of activism, build coalition, and build resistance to economic injustice.
Leveraging a relevant community issue around economic injustice such as home eviction and foreclosure, mass corporation lay-offs, declining standards of living, lack of protections for renters and small business owners, we bring communities together to build public, community-based campaigns to draw connections between local economic injustice to larger systems of violence and oppression that control our minds, bodies, and communities

Responsibilities:
Attend staff meetings, help facilitate projects

  • Help organize, outreach, and facilitate community meetings in neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field
  • Preparing materials for workshops
  • Door to Door canvassing in NPU-V
  • Data entry
  • Networking with grassroots community groups in NPU-V
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individuals to build 50-60 affordable, green, quality homes each year for first-time, qualified, homebuyers. These homes are sold with a zero interest mortgage. Since 1983, we have built over 1,200 homes for more than 4,000 family members. Atlanta Habitat concentrates its services within the city of Atlanta and Fulton County to families with 30-80% Average Median Income.

The QVS Fellow position is as Family Services Outreach Assistant. The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are: to assist in the recruitment of qualified families by researching outreach opportunities, networking, and presenting program information to targeted audiences; to assist with information sessions and application workshops by providing administrative support and making presentations as requested; to follow up with prospective families to schedule them for an application workshop and apply for the home purchase program; to assist with homeowner education as requested to identify instructors, schedule classes and provide administrative support to the program; to assist with the implementation of a strategy designed to increase the level of community involvement among homeowners; and to research community resources for homeowners and participate in the creation and publication of 2 homeowner newsletters.

FCS | Focused Community Strategies

FCS|Focused Community Strategies partners with under-served neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God’s Shalom is present. FCS is currently focused on the neighborhood of Historic South Atlanta and specializes in neighborhood engagement, mixed-income housing and economic development. FCS closely aligns all of its work in partnership with the neighborhood. The Neighborhood Engagement (NE) team works in close partnership with neighborhood leadership to ensure the community voice and blessing in all FCS activities. The NE team runs several neighborhood programs and actively supports our partner agencies working within the community.The QVS Fellow will serve as a Neighborhood Engagement Intern and assist with the following projects:

  • South Atlanta Food Co-op - serve as liaison between FCS and food co-op members
  • South Atlanta Civic League Events - assist in the planning and coordination of neighborhood led events (annual Kickball Tournament and Treat Street Halloween Party)
  • Pride for Parents Christmas Toy Program - manage volunteers, toy drive coordination and store logistics
  • Community Organizing - assist the Director in hosting and organizing multiple community organizing events through the year
  • Master Planning - assist FCS and neighborhood leadership through Master Planning process

The NE Intern needs to be highly relational, a strong communicator, and organized. Knowledge of urban issues is helpful, but not required.

Georgia WAND

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a statewide, women-led, grassroots organization, which strives to educate women, people of color, and the general public and decision makers about the need to reduce militarism and violence and redirect excessive military spending toward unmet human and environmental needs.

Georgia WAND’s Program Areas:
1. To complete a three-year environmental monitoring and outreach program in Burke County, GA and more generally environmental contamination from the nuclear industry, both weapons and energy
2. To increase the civic engagement of women, people of color, and youth in locations affected by the nuclear industry and in locations where Pentagon spending far outweighs resources for public services, such as education and housing
3. To build an educated constituency that connects the dots between extreme levels of military funding and the federal budget.

Georgia WAND co-designs strategies with people in communities who are directly affected by our focus issues; and we follow their leadership. Our constituency spans age, race, geography, and other markers of difference; and we are working to be inclusive of all women of color, transgender women, women throughout the state, working women, and young women. As an organization of action, we raise our voices to speak out against injustice; and we take our passion, knowledge, and experiences to the streets, the classrooms, the boardroom, the capitol steps, the state legislative body, the halls of Congress, and beyond. We support our constituents addressing their concerns by providing issue education, leadership training, and engagement opportunities with different agencies and public officials on budget and policy intervention points; conducting grassroots organizing and civic engagement efforts; and participating in coalition work.

The QVS Fellow will serve as a WAND Program Assistant:

Duties
• Supporting fundraising and programming activities
• Create reports and assist in program research as needed
• Answering phones, fielding calls, acting as a general point of contact for the organization
• Support staff in the drafting of educational materials, communications, program materials and grants
• Provide administrative support including filing, data entry, update membership database
• Calling volunteers, members, and partners
• Assisting with civic engagement work, such as voter registration and Get Out The Vote initiatives
• Supporting lobby days and giving public comments at government hearings
Skills
• Strong interpersonal communication skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• General computer skills: Microsoft Word, sending and receiving emails, online research
• Ability to work well with all levels of staff with a positive, solution-oriented approach

*Women, people of color, LGBTQ and immigrant individuals are encouraged to apply.

We are looking for a person with exceptional organizational, administrative, communication and people skills.

Atlanta Support Meeting

The first Quaker Voluntary Service program began in August 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, with seven young adult Fellows. We welcome our fifth class of QVS Fellows in late August 2016! This program is under the spiritual care of the Atlanta Friends Meeting.

There are many ways for Friends to get involved and support the ongoing QVS Atlanta program. Thank you!

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Current Year Fellows (click on any picture for more information)

Athri Ranganathan

Athri Ranganathan

Athri Ranganathan is a recent graduate of Amherst College, where he majored in Sociology. He has spent the past few years taking courses in social and cultural studies, political and environmental movements, and literature, and interning at college-access programs, nonprofits, and schools. During college, Athri was part of communities such as the Center for Community Engagement, the Amherst Program in Critical Theory, the Chamber Music Ensemble, and Book and Plow Farm. These studies, experiences, and groups emphasized thoughtfulness, intentional living, and giving back. They, along with his parents and family, have encouraged Athri’s participation in QVS. Athri looks forward to the silent worship of Quakerism, and hopes to use it for reflection and personal development! He will work with the American Friends Service Committee. in Atlanta next year, community organizing around the issue of housing rights.

Olivia Frank

Olivia Frank

Olivia Frank recently graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York, where she spent four years studying Sociology, Inter-Group Relations and Education; skiing; cultivating the courage to sing at open mic nights; leading an education activist club; researching Restorative Justice; facilitating racial dialogues through the Inter-Group Relations Program; exploring the campus woods; and examining the country/world/herself with amazing housemates on their kitchen floor. Outside of Skidmore, impactful experiences include a summer in Cambodia, a semester in Denmark, a camping community on the shores of the Dead Sea, every improv dance class she’s ever taken, and every solo adventure she’s embarked upon. She is passionate about racial justice, particularly in our country’s school and criminal justice systems. Ultimately, she strives to imbue genuine meaning in buzzwords like Decolonization and Collectivism through everyday practices and ways of being. Therefore, she is very excited to be joining the Southern Center for Human Rights and living in intentional community with Atlanta QVS.

Nicolina Hansen-Neff

Nicolina Hansen-Neff

Nicolina Hansen-Neff grew up in Keizer, Oregon where she attended Salem Friends Meeting. She is a recent graduate of Earlham College, where she studied math, music, and Spanish. When she returned from a semester abroad in Spain, she spent the summer before her final year of undergrad as an intern at Amigos Latino Center in Richmond, Indiana. In her free time, she likes to sing, dance, play music, go backpacking, read, and have Good Conversations (and wholly appreciates the power of Good Silences, as well). She enjoys working with children and is looking forward to serving with Kindezi West Lake this year.

Claire Hannapel

Claire Hannapel

Claire Hannapel grew up in Durham, North Carolina where she attended Durham Friends Meeting. This past May she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill having designed an Interdisciplinary Food Systems major. At Carolina, she was heavily involved with food justice and advocacy groups that campaigned for more fair, local, and sustainable food on campus. Off campus she found opportunity to volunteer with under served communities and food pantries, as well as organize educational trips to local farms. This summer Claire will be leading a crew of high school student volunteers in Maine where they will be performing trail work and living in the back country. Claire is excited to move to Atlanta this fall to continue engaging in meaningful work in the southeast. This year she will be serving with Georgia Law Center for the Homeless.

Detmer Kremer

Detmer Kremer

Detmer Kremer graduated from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies. Originally he is from Nij Beets, the Netherlands, and has attended a United World College in Bosnia and Herzegovina to finish his high school. At Bates he also studied abroad in Samoa and Vietnam, as well as conducting research in Maine, Grenada, Latvia, and Lithuania. He wrote a senior thesis focusing on the Baha’i Faith, and how Baha’is negotiate their religious and cultural identities. Detmer has been active in matters of gender, race, class, and citizenship status at Bates, and is excited to start as a Fellow with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity this year.

John Madden

John Madden

John Madden grew up in Pennsauken, New Jersey with his loving mother, father, and sister. John graduated from Guilford College in May, ’16 where he completed a bachelor of arts in Sociology & Anthropology and a bachelor of science in Community & Justice Studies. As a Bonner scholar John worked on many different efforts in the realm of food justice in the Southeast. These include a food bank, farmer’s market, food (re)packaging/delivery programs, and farm on Guilford’s campus, as well as internships with Student Action with Farmworkers where he worked with the South Carolina Migrant Education Program reaching out to farmworker families and supporting children in scholastic efforts. John believes that giving people more access, knowledge, and control of their food systems is the best way to out root systemic injustices embedded in modern food systems. John understands injustices to be part of a network of interconnected oppression’s embedded in society, so to truly work to end one injustice means to work towards broader liberation. John is ecstatic to be able to learn from and support 9to5 this coming year in their work for economic justice in Atlanta and beyond!

Elise Riley

Elise Riley

Elise Riley grew up in Philadelphia, PA. She is a life-long member of Germantown Monthly Meeting, and has attended many Quaker educational institutions in her past. She most recently graduated from Haverford College in May 2016. Her initial high school passion for Latin led Elise to pursue an undergraduate degree in Linguistics at Haverford. Her senior thesis explored the systems of language revitalization practices used by speakers of indigenous languages within the US. In college, she was also a member of the crew team and worked on several committees dedicated to planning an enriching first- year orientation program. During her junior year, Elise spent a semester in Rome, Italy staying with a host family and studying the living history of the city. In her free time, she enjoys expanding her personal knowledge base through a voracious reading habit and exploring museums. She also loves musicals, opera, and knitting. Elise is thrilled to be spending a year in Atlanta with new F/friends, and will be serving with the Frazer Center.

Kimani Keaton

Athri Ranganathan

A spiritual enthusiast, DJ in the making, lover and student of love and life, Kimani Keaton is on the journey of becoming a healer, chef, writer, park ranger, and entrepreneur. In May 2016, she graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in Sociology and Religion. Originally from New York City, Kimani has found homes in many parts of the world and the people she has encountered on her life journey. After having been introduced to Quakerism at The Westtown School, she has found solace in silence and nature. Catch her if you can on Soundcloud, in Atlanta parks, reading a book while crossing the street, or riding her bike to her job at The Kindezi School in Old Fourth Ward this year.

Current Atlanta Site Placements 2016-17 (click on any logo for more information)

The Kindezi School- Village

The Kindezi Schools is a high-performing charter school group that has been operating innovative and successful schools in downtown Atlanta since 2010. At Kindezi, we are passionately committed to providing ALL children with a privileged education, including broad access and opportunities, support for differences, high expectations, and successful outcomes for all.

Kindezi is rapidly expanding and is now preparing to open its third location, Gideons Elementary as a turnaround project with Atlanta Public Schools in the 2017-2018 school year. In the 2017-18 school year, Kindezi will serve over 1,000 Atlanta area students, and will have a staff size of close to 300. Our mission is ambitious: through academic rigor and student-centered approaches to learning, Kindezi will optimally develop the leader, scholar, and artist in all students while instilling in each a love of learning and a sense of pride. Based on the principles and practices of the Bantu people of Congo, Africa, the vision of The Kindezi School is a community of teachers and parents sharing the responsibility, privilege, and joy of holistically educating every child, preparing them thoroughly for success in all facets of life.

The QVS Fellow will serve as the Special Projects Assistant and will have a unique opportunity to support a rapidly growing charter school network in Atlanta, GA. This person will impact over a thousand students by primarily supporting our central executive leadership team. They will also be involved in improving our community and family engagement efforts through coordinating events and identifying and implementing opportunities for engagement. The Special Projects Assistant will oversee several special projects as well as have day to day duties. This person will need to be flexible, detail-oriented, organized, competent, reliable, and have a willingness to help.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with executive team to establish objectives and execute projects.
  • Assist with general office administrative duties, such as filing, printing/copying, ordering supplies, maintaining inventory of supplies and tools.
  • Assist with event set up, such as open houses, meetings, trainings, and lunches.
  • Identify opportunities and plan and implement activities to improve community and family engagement.
  • Assist with general human resources duties, such as onboarding and data entry
  • Prepare newsletters, reports, memos, spreadsheets, emails, letters, etc.
  • Plan central office team outings and service projects to improve staff and community culture.
  • Continually look for opportunities to help the entire team's effectiveness
  • Other miscellaneous duties as needs arise
Southern Center for Human Rights

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing legal representation to people facing the death penalty, challenging human rights violations in prisons and jails, seeking through litigation and advocacy to improve legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and advocating for criminal justice reform on behalf of those affected by the system in the Southern United States. SCHR was founded in 1976 by ministers and activists in response to the United States Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the death penalty that year and to the horrendous conditions in Southern prisons and jails. The organization’s attorneys and investigators struggled alongside civil rights organizations, families, and faith-based organizations to protect the human rights of people of color, poor people, and others in the criminal justice system in the South. Complementing our capital litigation, SCHR has a strong civil litigation practice that is able to bring impact litigation challenging the systemic deficiencies revealed through our capital litigation. Some of SCHR’s largest wins have resulted in an overhaul of South Carolina’s entire prison system; major renovations in Louisiana’s Angola Prison death row; shutting down Alabama’s Morgan County jail; and improved HIV care in Limestone Prison in Alabama, including an 80% drop in AIDS deaths.

The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is excited to invite a Quaker Fellow to join our vibrant legal team as a Criminal Justice Reform Intake Specialist (“Specialist”). The Specialist will work closely with attorneys and investigators to respond to challenges and concerns from people who are under criminal justice control and challenge unconstitutional or illegal criminal justice practices and the application of the death penalty in Georgia and Alabama.

9to5

9to5, founded in 1973, is a national membership-based organization committed to strengthening the ability of low-income women to win economic justice. 9to5 combines advocacy, public education, civic engagement, grassroots organizing, policy campaigns and leadership development to improve employment policies for women and families. Their mission is to build a movement to achieve economic justice by engaging directly affected women to improve working conditions. While they work to win immediate improvements in conditions for low-income women, they also seek to address the root causes of poverty among women and their families, and to focus on the links between different types of oppression. They connect injustice in the workplace with the systemic discrimination from which it stems, and relate both to the need for creation and protection of family supporting jobs for all. They also work for social change within our organization and community by electing our leadership from our constituency, operating in a democratic manner, connecting local and global issues, working in collaboration with other local organizations, and building communication and trust across diverse constituencies.

The QVS Fellow position is as the Helpline and Chapter Organizer which is split between three roles. Half of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to outreach and member engagement for the Atlanta chapter’s issue campaigns (Ban the Box, Election Connection, and the Family Care Act). A quarter of the Fellow’s time will be spent managing the Job Survival Helpline, providing information to our callers about their rights on the job and assistance navigating their options to deal with workplace issues. We provide in-depth training on employment law and resources available to our callers, as well as side-by-side on the job training for practice taking calls. The final quarter of the Fellow’s time will be supporting the Action Network, including engaging helpline callers and other new contacts to provide tools and resources to build support for working women’s issues in their own communities.

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Logo
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

The Atlanta Economic Justice Program works with low income, underserved, and vulnerable communities through grassroots organizing and fostering community leadership to build a culture of activism, build coalition, and build resistance to economic injustice.
Leveraging a relevant community issue around economic injustice such as home eviction and foreclosure, mass corporation lay-offs, declining standards of living, lack of protections for renters and small business owners, we bring communities together to build public, community-based campaigns to draw connections between local economic injustice to larger systems of violence and oppression that control our minds, bodies, and communities

Responsibilities:
Attend staff meetings, help facilitate projects

  • Help organize, outreach, and facilitate community meetings in neighborhoods surrounding Turner Field
  • Preparing materials for workshops
  • Door to Door canvassing in NPU-V
  • Data entry
  • Networking with grassroots community groups in NPU-V
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individuals to build 50-60 affordable, green, quality homes each year for first-time, qualified, homebuyers. These homes are sold with a zero interest mortgage. Since 1983, we have built over 1,200 homes for more than 4,000 family members. Atlanta Habitat concentrates its services within the city of Atlanta and Fulton County to families with 30-80% Average Median Income.

The QVS Fellow position is as Family Services Outreach Assistant. The primary duties and responsibilities of this position are: to assist in the recruitment of qualified families by researching outreach opportunities, networking, and presenting program information to targeted audiences; to assist with information sessions and application workshops by providing administrative support and making presentations as requested; to follow up with prospective families to schedule them for an application workshop and apply for the home purchase program; to assist with homeowner education as requested to identify instructors, schedule classes and provide administrative support to the program; to assist with the implementation of a strategy designed to increase the level of community involvement among homeowners; and to research community resources for homeowners and participate in the creation and publication of 2 homeowner newsletters.

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless is a 30+ year old Atlanta agency serving those who are homeless, and at imminent risk of homelessness. The organization seeks to end homelessness with a unique and holistic combination of legal and social work services for the nearly 1,000 clients who come to them every year. Their goals are to increase client income and remove the barriers that are keeping people homeless. Georgia Law Center for the Homeless believes strongly in working closely with clients, often over an extended time period, to help them transform their lives. Clients have gone on to run their own businesses, graduate from college, form non-profits, see their children become Gates Scholars, and otherwise attain the stability that they want for themselves and their families.

A QVS Fellow will have the opportunity to work extensively and directly with homeless and at risk of homelessness clients. Full training and mentoring is provided. From performing initial intake with clients, to assisting with obtaining benefits and advocating on behalf of the client (in the office and in the field), the Fellow will have the opportunity to develop rapport with clients, and create direct and tangible changes in their lives. Every day will bring new challenges and opportunities for service based on the needs of the client. Fellows will work closely with attorneys and other staff to deliver benefits to clients in a holistic manner. Fellows will go and visit other agencies and build collaboration with those agencies. At the end of the year, the Fellow should have a great understanding of the social service network in Atlanta, and have made many contacts. Opportunities may also exist for grant writing if interested.

The Frazer Center Adult Program

Frazer CenterThe Frazer Center Adult Program is a place where adults with a variety of abilities gather together to learn and to flourish with the ultimate goal of full integration into the broader community. Each day is filled with education, work training, and recreation opportunities that allow the adult participants to develop their life skills, discover and pursue their own interests, and participate in real world experiences that equip them to be valuable contributors to the community. The participants in the Adult Program range in ages from 18 to over 60. Education, work training, and recreation opportunities are offered based on individual interests, needs and abilities.

The QVS Fellow will be working with adults with intellectual disabilities. There are many options for what this person could do within the program depending on their interests/skills. The Fellow could potentially lead groups of adults in activities such as horticulture/gardening, music/drama, sports, etc. They could also take on more of a program management role which would involve leading tour groups, sharing information about Frazer Center at events, speaking with prospective families.

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