FAQs About 2015 Summer VISTA
What is AmeriCorps*VISTA?
AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members serve with community organizations to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty.
What will Summer VISTA Members do?
Each VISTA will serve full time from June 24th – August 18th with either a community organization or school district to prepare rising 9th graders for a successful transition into high school. Hours VISTAs work will vary by site. Specific member assignments will also vary and might include:
Why do Members work with rising 9th graders?
In 2012 high schools in the Portland Public School District averaged just 63% of students graduating on time. Ninth Grade Counts, a program of Connect by 25 and All Hands Raised, aims to change that by connecting youth with the support they need to enter high school on the right track. Research led by Connected by 25 has shown that the ninth grade transition is a critical time for students at risk of disconnecting– especially the summer months.
Where will Members serve?
Members will serve in school districts or community organizations in the Portland-area. Oregon Campus Compact is working with the Ninth Grade Counts program to identify established and high-quality programs at which to place Members. There are 15 sites for 2015:
All hands Raised, Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities: El Programa Hispano, Centennial School District, David Douglas School District, Gresham Barlow School District, From the Ground Up, Girls Inc., LEP High School, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Neighborhood House, Oregon Campus Compact, Portland Parks and Rec, Reynolds School District, Self Enhancement Inc.
Who should apply to be a Member?
We are looking for Members who would make great role models for rising 9th graders. Experience working with youth is a definite plus! In addition, Members must be:
As national service participants Members will be volunteers, not employees. While serving Members are not allowed to hold a job or enroll in courses unrelated to their service.
What are the benefits of service?
Members are eligible to receive:
How can interested candidates apply?
Contact Ari Alberg at SummerVISTA@OregonCampusCompact.org or 503-406-3571.
Two Recruitment Sessions are scheduled: one at University of Portland April 21st and one on April 22nd at Warner Pacific College. Both will run from 5-7pm. In order to RSVP to attend a session and receive more information please contact us. If you cannot attend either of these sessions let us know so that we can set up an interview at another time. Preference will be given to candidates who attend one of the recruitment sessions.
What is Oregon Campus Compact?
Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting service-learning and civic engagement on college and university campuses across the state of Oregon. ORCC will oversee the recruitment and selection process for Members, provide them with pre-service training, and provide on-going support throughout their service.
What is the Program Calendar?
April 21st: Recruitment fair at University of Portland 5-7pm
April 22nd: Recruitment fair at Warner Pacific College 5-7pm
June 22nd and 23rd: Pre-Service Orientation in Portland, OR
June 24th: Summer VISTAs start at their sites
July 18th: Full team meeting
Mid-July: Site visits
August 18th: Last day of Summer VISTA
Mid/Late-August: Graduation and end of term celebration
Apply Now! The application process closes Friday, May 15th!
Contact Ari at Oregon Campus Compact to start the process or learn more!
Contact Ari Alberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-406-3571.
I can't think of any way I would rather have spent my summer. I loved contributing to an effective program to help students in my community enter high school with greater confidence and likelihood to succeed."