FAQs: Summer VISTA 2018
How old do I have to be?
Do I have to have graduated from college?
No, only a HS diploma or GED is required.
How much is the living allowance for the summer?
$2,168.88 roughly $500 every two weeks.
How much is the education award if I complete my summer service term?
What can I use my education award for?
Use your ed award to pay back federal student loans, or towards the cost of attendance for college or continuing education.
Must I be a US citizen?
Summer VISTAs must all be US citizens, legal aliens, or permanent residents to serve. Currently, applicants with DACA or undocumented status are not eligible.
When is the program?
Summer VISTA runs in 2018 from June 14th - August 8th. You will receive two days of training from Campus Compact before you start at your site. VISTAs serve full-time for the entire 8 weeks of service (roughly M-F during school hours). You must be available for these dates in order to serve with Summer VISTA.
How do I apply?
View our How to Apply Page to see the full steps of the Summer VISTA application process.
I am having trouble with the My.AmeriCorps.gov website. Help?
Don't worry, everyone does! You can complete a full My AmerCorps application by signing up on my.americorps.gov. After this is done, you can submit to the Summer VISTA listing. View our My.AmeriCorps.gov FAQ to help you troubleshoot, or please call us at 503-406-3572 with questions.
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 with either a community organization or school district to prepare students for a successful transition into the next grade level. Specific member assignments will vary by site and might include:
Why do Summer VISTAs 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.
2018 sites are: Champions Academy/Portland Leadership Foundation, David Douglas High School, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), El Programa Hispano, and Urban League of Portland. Campus Compact of Oregon will also host one Summer VISTA Leader.
Read more about our 2018 Sites.
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.
How can interested host sites apply?
Host site applications are closed for 2018. If you are interested in hosting in 2019, contact Carmen at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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?
June 14-15th: Pre-Service Orientation in Portland, OR
June 17th: Summer VISTAs start at their sites
Mid-July: Site visits
August 8th: 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."