AmeriCorps*VISTA

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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 $472.22, which will total about ($11,300.00) 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.

You can find out more about the Corporation for National and Community Service and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program here.

Here are the current available AmeriCorps*VISTA positions available:

Reading Program Developer VISTA:

Build capacity of an after-school or summer program at a Literacy Mid-South partner. Partners currently include the Refugee Empowerment Program, Memphis Athletic Ministries, and the Emmanuel Center. Would create and implement structures that aid the partner in running a high-quality reading program. These structures include developing training sessions, working on curriculum processes, assessment procedures, data collection and maintenance, and offering support for family and community engagement.

Needs:

  • Creative
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence in presentation ability
  • Detail oriented

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.

Needs:

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

If you are interested in serving with Literacy Mid-South & the Read901 team, please contact our VISTA leader (vistaleader [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org).

Meet our current AmeriCorps*VISTAs here.

Address all comments, questions, or concerns to our VISTA leader (vistaleader [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org)

We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale