AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) designed to fight poverty through capacity-building efforts. Since 1965, over 220,000 VISTA Members have served at nonprofit, faith-based, government, and community agencies across the United States, empowering millions of low-income individuals every year.
The VMP VISTA Program
Virginia Mentoring Partnership’s AmeriCorps VISTA program aims to build the capacity of mentoring programs and youth development organizations throughout Virginia. VISTA Members serving through VMP’s VISTA program focus on developing systems and structures that enhance the quality and quantity of youth mentoring relationships in Virginia, driving improved outcomes for low-income youth and young adults. Since 2012, VMP has partnered with 35 organizations to host 114 VISTA Members. Some past and present partners include:
- Peter Paul Development Center
- Virginia Beach Public Schools
- St. Joseph’s Villa
- Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club
The Work of a VMP VISTA Member
Each year, Virginia Mentoring Partnership partners with Host Sites–Virginia-based organizations seeking to develop or enhance mentoring programs–to host one or more VISTA Members at their organization. Typically, each partner will host three VISTA Members over the course of three years in order to effectively build and sustain new organizational and program capacity.
VMP VISTA Members focus on building capacity in one or more of the following areas during service:
- Mentoring Program Development/Enhancement
- Marketing and Outreach
- Volunteer Recruitment and Screening
- Mentor and Mentee Training
- Partnership and Resource Development
The Benefits of Serving
VISTA Members serve full-time (40 hours per week) for one full year (365 days). VISTA Members are expected to live in the communities they serve and receive a monthly living allowance of approximately $970, which is 105% of the Federal Poverty Level for the area they are serving. In addition to the living allowance, they also receive healthcare benefits, time off, loan forbearance and childcare (if eligible). Upon successful completion of their year of service, VISTA Members can choose to receive either a cash stipend of $1,800 or an education award of $6,095. All VISTA Members receive ongoing training and development through VMP, and have the option of pursuing other professional development opportunities. Additionally, service provides other intrinsic benefits, including deep satisfaction in doing work that empowers young people to live healthier, happier lives.
Interested in Learning More?
Virginia Mentoring Partnership is always seeking to establish new partnerships with mentoring programs in Virginia that are interested in hosting a VISTA Member. To learn more about hosting, please visit the Become a VISTA Host Site page.
For more information, please contact Vanessa Reyes, VISTA Supervisor, at 804-828-1536 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018–2019 VMP VISTA Host Sites:
Abundant Life in Charlottesville
BeFriend-A-Child in Fairfax
Big Brothers Big Sisters Inc: Central Blue Ridge in Charlottesville
Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg
MentorPrize in Northern Virginia
Peter Paul Development Center in Richmond
Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Richmond
Virginia Mentoring Partnership in Richmond