AmeriCorps*VISTA is a program created by the United States Government under the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS). VISTA members serve for a minimum of one full year. The position is a full time obligation and requires a lot of dedication and commitment to volunteer service. During the service, VISTAs will receive a non-negotiable stipend bi-weekly from the government at $447.86, which will total about ($10,750.00) for one year of service. VISTAs also recieve college reimbursement of $5,000 at the end of their year of service.
AmeriCorps*VISTA members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
The Literacy Mid-South VISTA Project seeks to build the capacity of after school programs to implement evidence driven reading programming for elementary school students. With VISTA member support, project host sites commit to embedding literacy instruction into their existing programming, whether that is homework help or tutoring. Literacy Mid-South is the convener for a network called the 3rd Grade Reading Collaborative Action Network along with Seeding Success. Our aim is to increase reading scores in Shelby County Schools to 90% by 2025. Literacy Mid-South will serve as an intermediary VISTA site for our after school programs including: Memphis Athletic Ministries, Streets Ministries, Refugee Empowerment Program, Agape Hickory Hill, and the Memphis Public Library.
To apply to become an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, you must apply online at the official AmeriCorps website.
VISTA Description #1: Volunteer Systems Manager
The Volunteer Systems Manager will be charged with helping each organization create a volunteer management system. Although the VISTA cannot engage in direct service, which includes volunteer management, they are allowed to create a strong system for volunteers.
Placement Sites: Refugee Empowerment Program, Agape Child & Family Services Hickory Hill
VISTA Description #2: Reading Program Developer
Our AmeriCorps VISTA members will be charged with implementing and embedding literacy instruction into after school programs at our network sub-sites. The focus of this literacy programming will be on Kindergarten through the 5th grade.
Placement Sites: Memphis Athletic Ministries, Memphis Public Library, Girls Incorporated, Streets Ministries, Agape Child & Family Services Hickory Hill
Question? Contact Sam Mattson here (smattson [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org).