FAQs: Summer VISTA 2020
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 receive and education award from their service. For the first time, due to recent CNCS policy change, applicants with DACA or refugee status are eligible to serve but will not receive an education award upon successful completion, instead receiving an end-of-service cash stipend of a lesser amount.
When is the program?
Summer VISTA runs in 2020 for 8 weeks from June 21st -August 18th. You will receive two days of training from Campus Compact before you start at your site and another full training day about halfway through. 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. You can also reach out to the MyAmeriCorps hotline at: 1-800-942-2677. Or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com 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 for 8 weeks with a community organization to serve in dynamic projects Specific member assignments will vary by site and might include:
Generating resources, materials, supplies, and space for project activities
Serving directly with rising students as tutors or assistant teachers
Helping with outreach to parents or guardians of students
Recruiting, training, and coordinating community-based volunteers
Developing lesson plans and activities for students
Involving businesses and community organizations in project activities
Developing materials for year-round project activities
Conducting community education, outreach, and awareness
How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect Summer VISTA programming?
This summer, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Summer VISTAs will support any direct programming at our partner organizations that supports the well-being of students and families during the summer. In 2021, all Summer VISTA positions will be a hybrid of remote/work-from-home and in-person service if informed consent is provided by the AmeriCorps member. If serving in person, host sites must adhere to CDC guidelines: everyone must wear masks, maintain 6ft apart, serve outdoors or in large spaces that is limited in capacity.
How will hybrid service work?
You will need reliable access to internet and a computer/laptop/tablet to serve successfully. Qualified applicants with concerns about access to technology should still apply and ask Campus Compact staff about their specific circumstances. You'll work with your site supervisor and support programming on location following all CDC guidelines.
Where will Members serve?
Members will serve at the following organizations in the Portland metro area:
-Ethiopian and Eritrean Cultural Resource Center
-Urban League of Portland
-Campus Compact of Oregon
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.
If you are interestedin applying please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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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."