FAQs: Summer VISTA 2018
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 mid June – mid August 2018 with either a community organization or school district to prepare students for a successful transition into the next grade level. VISTAs serve full-time for the entire 8 weeks of service. Specific member assignments will vary by site 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. This year, we have expanded to serve any site that has programming aimed to decrease summer learning loss with students, not just rising 9th graders.
Where will Members serve?
Members will serve in school districts or community organizations in the Portland-area. Campus Compact of Oregon is working with the Ninth Grade Counts program to identify established and high-quality programs at which to place Members.
2018 sites are still TBD.
In 2017, sites included: Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area, Campus Compact of Oregon, Centennial, David Douglas High School, Girls Inc. PNW and Eureka! Program, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Parks and Rec Jr. GRUNT Program, Portland Leadership Foundation/Champions Academy, and Urban League of Portland.
For brief placement site descriptions, click here.
Who should apply to be a Member?
We are looking for Members who would make great role models for young students. Experience working with youth is a definite plus! In addition, Members must be:
Is this a job?
As national service participants Members will be volunteers, not employees. While serving Members are not allowed to hold a job that interferes with their full-time commitment.
What are the benefits of service?
Members are eligible to receive:
How can interested host sites apply?
Complete the online application and contact Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
How can interested candidates apply?
Fill out our interest survey. Then send your resume and cover letter to Carmen Denison at email@example.com
What is Campus Compact of Oregon?
Campus Compact of Oregon is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting racial justice and equity in higher education through a focus on community engage learning and college and K12 partnership. We 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?
The exact dates of the 2018 program calendar are TBD.
Two days prior to service: Pre-Service Orientation in Portland, OR
Mid-June: Summer VISTAs start at their sites
Mid-July: Site visits
Mid-August: Last day of Summer VISTA
Contact Carmen to start the process or learn more!
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."