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Actively screening candidates for start dates in November and December, 2021.

By serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, you can support the expansion of high-quality, high-impact mentoring programs that are empowering youth across the Commonwealth. AmeriCorps members serve full-time with an agency for a year, developing resources and building capacity for mentoring programs while building leadership skills essential for careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sector.

Current AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available through MENTOR Virginia

AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with C4K (Charlottesville)

C4K was founded to help close the gap that exists between youth who can afford to have a home computer and those who cannot. For over 20 years C4K has provided technological support and guidance through their afterschool and mentoring programs. C4K is part of The Clubhouse Network (TCN) which has a global network. TCN is a project of Boston’s Museum of Science that is offered in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. C4K’s goal is to expand into a STEAM based group mentoring format incorporated by TCN concept.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will help to build an equitable community through mentorship and access to technology by focusing on mentor retention, outreach and communications, and elevating youth voice.

This service opportunity is in Charlottesville, Virginia.

To learn about this AmeriCorps VISTA Member opportunity or to apply, click here.

POSITION FILLED: AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with Resilience Education (Charlottesville)

Resilience Education stops cycles of incarceration by improving employment outcomes and reentry success through high-quality business education. Their goal is to make high-quality business curricula more accessible in order to reduce re-incarceration rates and combat the collateral consequences of mass incarceration.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will create a stronger future for formerly incarcerated individuals through business education and mentorship by laying the groundwork for building a research-based, sustainable mentoring program.

This service opportunity is in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This position has been filled.

POSITION FILLED: AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with MEGA Mentors (Chesterfield)

MEGA Mentors (MM) mission is to teach life skills, provide meaningful learning experiences and build leadership skills in African-American and other underrepresented Chesterfield County Public School students through mentoring, tutoring, experiential field trips and recognition. They believe in equal education for all and that all children deserve an equal opportunity to share in America’s bounty through education and mentorship. MM works with public and private organizations in order to bring resources and attention to the needs of students to improve their success rate. 

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will build a more equitable community by recruiting mentors and creating sustainable, research-based mentoring program policies and processes.

This service opportunity is in Chesterfield, Virginia.

This position has been filled.

AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with Communities in Schools of Chesterfield (Chesterfield)

 

Communities In Schools of Chesterfield focuses on making an impact on the youth through mentorship. Many young people in the Chesterfield community live in families under tremendous pressure because of family conflict, poverty, drug abuse, violence or underemployment. Often they do not have a network of adults who can offer the extra attention, guidance and sense of direction they need to support their success. The one-to-one relationship with a mentor can help in many areas that affect life at home and at school.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will create a stronger future by empowering youth in schools through mentorship. This final year placement will be responsible for fully integrating a research-based, sustainable mentoring program into the Chesterfield County Public School system.

This service opportunity is in Chesterfield, Virginia.

To learn about this AmeriCorps VISTA Member opportunity or to apply, click here.

POSITION FILLED: AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with Germanna Community College (Fredericksburg)

 

Germanna Community College (GCC) sustains two programs to help students in special populations receive support and resources to be successful in college: Great Expectations (GE) and the Gladys P. Todd Academy (GPTA). GE focuses on current and former foster youth while GPTA focuses on first generation high school students with financial need. GE and GPTA both exist to help youth successfully complete their academic goals at Germanna Community College. These programs aim to increase persistence in college through relationship building and one-on-one support with youth.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will create a stronger future for students at Germanna Community College by building upon the foundation for an enhanced mentoring program with the aim of stronger mentor satisfaction and retention.

This service opportunity is in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This position has been filled.

AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with Henrico HEROES (Henrico)

The Henrico HEROES mentoring program envisions a community in which every youth experiences nurturing one-to-one relationships and community support.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will create a stronger future by empowering youth in schools through mentorship. This first year placement will be responsible for laying the groundwork for building a research-based, sustainable mentoring program throughout the Henrico County Public School system.

This service opportunity is in Henrico, Virginia.

To learn about this AmeriCorps VISTA Member opportunity or to apply, click here.

AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with The Up Center (Norfolk)

The Up Center’s mission is to change the trajectories of children and families from crisis to wholeness. The Up Center provides more than 20 critical support services for children and families in our community, including mental health counseling, parenting education and support, youth mentoring, foster care and adoption, housing and financial counseling, and services for people with disabilities.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will build a more equitable community by recruiting mentors and creating sustainable, research-based mentoring program policies and processes.

This service opportunity is in Norfolk, Virginia.

To learn about this AmeriCorps VISTA Member opportunity or to apply, click here.

POSITION FILLED: AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator with ForKids, Inc. (Norfolk)

Established in May 1988 to provide emergency shelter to families and children, ForKids has grown to become one of the largest providers of homeless services to families in Virginia. The team is data driven, trauma-informed and deeply committed to helping families and children thrive. They believe stable housing, a great education and a healthy, diverse community are essential to the welfare of families. In 14 cities and counties in Southeastern Virginia, ForKids delivers quality individualized client-focused solutions designed to achieve stability for families and a lifetime of success for children.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator will create a stronger future by empowering youth in schools through tutoring and mentorship. This second year placement will be responsible for building upon the groundwork of the previous service member with the aim to build and support a research-based, sustainable afterschool mentoring program.

This service opportunity is in Norfolk, Virginia.

This position has been filled.

POSITION FILLED: AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Impact Coordinator with MENTOR Virginia (Richmond)

MENTOR Virginia is an anchor organization that promotes effective youth mentoring by increasing the capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs, and providing resources to support the mentoring field throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Youth Impact Coordinator will build the foundation of policies and procedures for a youth advocacy council with the goal of involving youth voice and leadership across Virginia’s mentoring field. Main goals will be raising community awareness through outreach, establishing the council, supporting the council once launched, and researching funding opportunities to support the council.

This service opportunity is in Richmond, Virginia.

This position has been filled.

POSITION FILLED: AmeriCorps VISTA Marketing & Communications Coordinator with MENTOR Virginia (Richmond)

MENTOR Virginia is an anchor organization that promotes effective youth mentoring by increasing the capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs, and providing resources to support the mentoring field throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Marketing & Communications Coordinator will develop marketing and communications strategies and planning in order to connect with mentoring partners and raise awareness of current trends in youth mentoring.

This service opportunity is in Richmond, Virginia.

This position has been filled.

AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with MENTOR Virginia (Richmond)

MENTOR Virginia is an anchor organization that promotes effective youth mentoring by increasing the capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs, and providing resources to support the mentoring field throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Leader will focus on supporting the development and success of AmeriCorps VISTA Members serving through MENTOR Virginia. The AmeriCorps VISTA Leader will be responsible for providing leadership, support, training, and resources for the AmeriCorps Members.

This service opportunity is in Richmond, Virginia.

To learn about this VISTA Leader opportunity or to apply, click here.

Stories of Service

Yvonnia

Serving at a mentoring organization, like C4K, in the midst of the pandemic was not an easy task. Pre-pandemic, C4K was a safe place for young people to come after school to tap into their creativity and exploration…

Stories of Service

Andrea

Our mentoring program was one of the few that continued in-person mentoring out in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Stories of Service

Alexa

One way that kids can stay kids is by having a caring adult who looks out for them; and for some kids, that’s a mentor!

Stories of Service

Mary Katherine

As the year continued, I found myself growing, changing, and falling more and more in love with the idea of working in a volunteerism and service field…

Stories of Service

Mitch

It is through the citizens of our community serving alongside us that we, as AmeriCorps members, can hope to create an inspiration of our own…

Stories of Service

Chelsea

Mentoring brings together all Alexandrians.  In a room of people of varying ages, economic status, and connection to the community, mentoring shows that their connection to the community is the same…

Stories of Service

Christopher

Four years ago, a seed was planted in Richmond, Va. It was a seed that if nurtured properly, would have the potential to grow tall, grow strong, and spread its roots across the city…

Stories of Service

Jessica

When I walked up to my site the very first day, the only thought that bounced around my head was, “What did I get myself into?” I had moved completely out of my comfort zone…

Currently Serving VISTA Members

Tate Anderson

Germanna Community College

Tate recently graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied psychology. Finding passions in mental health advocacy and bridging gaps in disparities, she is thankful to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA to help create inclusive and cohesive mentoring opportunities. Serving at Germanna Community College, she is working on broadening current demographic-specific mentoring programs to extend opportunities to all college students. After her year of service, Tate looks forward to pursuing a research degree in psychology.

Alexa Augone

Communities in Schools Chesterfield

Alexa is a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina, where she studied psychology and history. While working at UNC’s Child Development Institute as an undergraduate research assistant, Alexa discovered her passion for working with children and families. Upon completing her year of service, Alexa plans to follow her passion by earning a Master of Social Work degree and becoming an elementary school social worker. Working for Communities In Schools of Chesterfield as the VISTA Mentor Coordinator is an exciting opportunity to work within a nonprofit organization, learn from experienced student support staff, and support Chesterfield students and families. During her year of service, Alexa is working to build a workplace mentoring program that will prepare students for post-high school careers by connecting them with supportive industry mentors and skill-building opportunities. She hopes to bring students and local businesses together to develop an impactful and sustainable program!

Yvonnia Bryant

C4K

Yvonnia is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University where she studied Communications and Women’s Studies and developed an interest in Marketing. During her time at Old Dominion University, Yvonnia also spent a great deal of time mentoring for about a year and a half. Combining her interest in marketing and mentoring, Yvonnia decided to become an AmeriCorps VISTA at Computers4Kids. She is very excited to be able to give back to the community by serving as a VISTA in her hometown. During her service, Yvonnia will work with the C4K team to write a communications marketing plan focused on community outreach and youth voice, and to build a mentor retention plan.

Alexandra Clayton

VCU African American Alumni Council

Alexandra is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied International Social Justice and Religious Studies. Alexandra found a passion for volunteering early and has volunteered with multiple organizations that focus on an array of different causes. Now serving the African American Alumni Council’s Mentoring Program at VCU through AmeriCorps VISTA, she’s learning the importance of mentoring in the lives of youth and the mentors who guide them. The AAAC’s Mentoring Circle is proud to offer African American/Black students the opportunity to connect and learn from African American/Black alumni; and Alexandra is proud to have been given the opportunity to strengthen the program for the future generations to come.

Cailey Cummins

Casa Chirilagua

Cailey is a recent graduate of Dickinson College where she studied Political Science, Spanish, and Social Innovation and spent a semester in South America. Service has always been incredibly important to Cailey and throughout her undergraduate years, she worked for Dickinson’s center for community service, creating service opportunities for her peers and building partnerships with the local community. Cailey hopes to use the skills she will develop as a VISTA in a future career in nonprofit work and social change. A deep believer in service that disrupts cyclical inequalities, Cailey is thrilled to work alongside Casa Chirilagua to support social safety nets for the predominantly Central American community Casa serves. As a VISTA Mentoring Program Coordinator, Cailey will focus on building capacity in Casa’s mentoring program by implementing sustainable systems and enhancing support for middle and high school aged mentees. In her free time, Cailey enjoys homey things like yoga, crafting, cooking, and taking care of her plants and looks forward to music, art museums, and trying new restaurants when it’s safe to do so again. 

Therese Goding

Resilience Education

Therese is honored to serve as the Mentor Program Coordinator VISTA at Resilience Education in Charlottesville, VA. As a lifelong learner and advocate for the abolition of mass incarceration, Therese looks forward to contributing her talents in project management and leadership to the development of a mentorship program for the Resilient Professional Community, which offers support for formerly incarcerated graduates. These mentoring relationships serve to build skills and confidence for graduates taking their career to the next level while also building empathy and creativity for mentors. In 2017, Therese earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatrical Design and Production at Millikin University and aspires to pursue a J.D. degree in 2023. She has recently relocated to Charlottesville from Madison, WI and is excited to become immersed in the local community.

Priscilla “Pam” Myers

ForKids

My name is Pam Myers, and I am currently serving as Mentoring Program Coordinator VISTA at ForKids in Norfolk, Virginia. I have been in the Hampton Roads area for 39 years and have lived in Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach where I currently reside. My path to becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA began during my internship from ODU when I created a Mentor program for their Great Expectations program at Tidewater Community College. After spending a year in that VISTA program, opportunity arose for me at yet another AmeriCorps VISTA program, for 2 years.  This one was as part of a team in Norfolk as a Resilience Outreach Coordinator. Norfolk had been chosen as one of the nation’s 100 Resilient Cities through Cities of Service out of New York. I became involved in helping communities learn how to mitigate sea level rise and how to reduce debt and save through a Financial Literacy Program. I was able to integrate into a permanent position…then Covid-19! No Job. As I continued to be appreciative of what AmeriCorps VISTA had given me with these opportunities, I began looking for another AmeriCorps VISTA position in my area. I fortunately found a position with ForKids who has given me yet another opportunity to serve as a AmeriCorps VISTA. My goal for this year is to continue developing and implementing a successful mentoring program for children that we serve at ForKids. Ideally, we will have quality mentors that can enhance and build a relationship of support and friendship, while exploring new opportunities with their mentees. I have a passion for this work, as I thrive on assisting others in any capacity.

Virginia Patterson

MENTOR Virginia

Virginia Patterson joined MENTOR Virginia as a Youth Impact Coordinator in August 2021. She will develop procedures and establish a Youth Advisory Council (YAC) to leverage youth voice and decision making in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s mentoring field. Virginia has experience with planning and assessing specific projects utilizing student focus groups. In her role, she will provide the youth advisory council an opportunity to engage in dialogue related to programs and services as well as advance youth initiated mentoring statewide. She believes that youth should not only be the object of a conversation but active participants. Virginia established and sustained a mentor program during her tenure as a school administrator. Virginia obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Art degree in Elementary Education. As a former teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director she has always kept students as her focus, and she is very passionate about empowering youth to make meaningful contributions to their community.

Arya Pazhwak

MEGA Mentors

Hello! Arya is beyond honored to be a part of AmeriCorps VISTA this year. A native of Northern Virginia and the product of immigrants, the importance of education and public service was engrained in her at a young age. Thus, Arya could not think of anything more worthwhile than AmeriCorps service in her beloved second home of Richmond, Virginia. Her work with MEGA Mentors involves assisting Chesterfield County Public Schools with virtual learning and making sure no child gets left behind. In addition to adjusting to virtual learning, Arya hopes to curate a successful model of virtual mentoring for underrepresented and marginalized youths in the school district. Arya proudly graduated from the University of Richmond in 2020 with a B.A. in Biology, Healthcare Studies, and Anthropology. Her past education includes a semester study abroad at Queen Mary University of London, and Pre-K to 12th grade at Fairfax County Public Schools. After her service with AmeriCorps, Arya looks forward to departing for Peace Corps service as a Secondary Science Teacher in Mozambique.