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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, Refugee Empowerment Program, the Emmanuel Center Inc., Catholic Charities, Seeding Success and Literacy Mid-South.

To apply to become an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, you must apply online at the official AmeriCorps website.  

VISTA Description #1: Information Management VISTA

Assists Literacy Mid-South and its partners with educational data collection, maintenance, and reporting processes. Interface with network partners to support their use of student and program data and technology. Assists the Research and Technology Analyst to develop and manage information to support decision-making, planning, and the continuous quality improvement of Summer Learning and After School Programs. Responsible for managing the Read901 Lending Library.

Placement Sites: Literacy Mid-South, Seeding Success


  • Detail oriented/meticulous
  • Responsible
  • Willing to learn
  • Interest in data and education


Question?  Contact Sam Mattson here (smattson [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org).