VISTA members are needed build capacity to serve low income families, especially those experiencing homelessness, youth and Veterans. Our initiative, Building Self Sufficiency, focuses on meeting three needs: the need for substance abuse prevention in youth in Hancock County; career-oriented mentoring for at-risk youth; and to build and expand housing opportunities for those experiencing homelessness, especially Veterans and youth.
The Hancock Youth for Positive Efforts (HYPE) VISTA will help build the capacity of the community-wide coalition to prevent youth substance abuse, including alcohol and marijuana which are gateways to opiate use.
The Hancock Youth Ready for Employment (HYRE) VISTA will be assigned to Family Services and will build the HYRE program. Hancock Youth Ready for Employment connects volunteer mentors with at-risk youth to help them plan career pathways.