Communities Thriving VISTA Program

Host an Americorps VISTA Member through Community-Engaged Alliance

In the Communities Thriving VISTA program, a college will partner with a nonprofit, school, or government agency to address a poverty-related issue during the year of service. It will be in one of the priority areas of AmeriCorps VISTA and will use national performance measures to demonstrate the outcomes. Some college & community partnerships will engage two VISTA members, one serving at the college and one serving in the community agency. In these cases, the two members will help each other navigate the other organization so that the partnership can better integrate resources and networks to have strong outcomes in the community. The VISTA member(s) will create (or support an existing) local community committee that will take the lead in determining the approach to address the identified poverty-related issue in the community.

AmeriCorps VISTA priority areas include:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Healthy Futures
  • Education
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Priority Populations: Rural Communities, Indian Country, and areas of deep poverty.
  • Additional priority consideration for projects that work in the above areas and populations that address issues of racial equity

Important Dates

  • March 30 – Deadline for project application form
  • April through July 5 - VISTA recruitment
  • May 1 – VAD (VISTA Assignment Description) completed by CT program manager and sent to the host site for approval
  • May 8 – Final date for host site response to VAD
  • June 5 - Deadline for MOU signed with sites
  • July 5 - Candidates nominated
  • July 29 - Members onboarded
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