Literacy Mid-South AmeriCorps*VISTA

Literacy Mid-South has hosted AmeriCorps*VISTA as a vital part of our Read901 efforts. VISTAs have helped to develop, improve, and provide sustainability to our efforts & those of our partners. AmeriCorps*VISTAs receive experience relevant to a career in the non-profit industry, while making a meaningful impact on the Memphis community during their one-year term. 

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.


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

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

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

Currently Serving AmeriCorps*VISTAs

These AmeriCorps*VISTAs are already a valued part of our team:

Brandon Shaw, Reading Program Developer, Refugee Empowerment Program


I chose to be a VISTA, because I wanted to serve a specific demographic. Working with this program has shown me the details that are important for a program to run effectively. Being involved with the refugee population in Memphis has taught me a lot about making connections with people who have a different culture than me.

Alexandria Lane, Reading Program Developer, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee


Serving as an Americorps VISTA has afforded me the opportunity to truly immerse myself in the concept of civic engagement. In addition, it has taught me how rewarding it can be to give back to society by helping a community build capacity. I serve because I believe that it is the responsibility of each of us to help be the change we would like to see in our communities.

Allison Heirigs, Reading Program Developer, Memphis Athletic Ministries


I serve because I believe a child's quality of education should not be determined by socio-economic circumstances entirely beyond their control. I am working with Literacy Mid-South and their partners to create a more just Memphis, one where every child is given the best possible start in life. Through the VISTA position, I have the opportunity to give back to and help improve the city where I grew up. Especially to empower the children that Literacy Mid-South serves, to one day go out and do the same.

Johnny Jefferson, Data & Technology VISTA, Literacy Mid-South

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I chose to serve in AmeriCorps because it is a great opportunity. I am working in the data and technology department to support effective data management and reporting systems. My service will help Literacy Mid-South and their affiliates improve their tracking and records of their services. I hope that I will make a positive difference in lives within the community I serve.  I believe and expect to grow through this service. Growing up, I was taught to treat others the way I would want to be treated. If I were in a position that I needed help, I would want someone to find it in their heart to help me. I hope that through my service I help to empower those in the community to make positive changes.

Erica Ross, Read901 VISTA, Literacy Mid-South

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I serve because true fulfillment comes from helping others without expecting anything in return except for a smiling face and a grateful heart. I also serve to be an example for those to come after me. Leaving behind a legacy of service is like a gift that keeps giving.