Become a Campus Compact VISTA Member

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 VISTA Corps is now open!

What does it mean to be a Campus Compact VISTA?

Campus Compact VISTA members focus their service year on programs aligned with the Corporation for National and Community Service anti-poverty priorities in education, economic opportunity, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. The scope of these efforts range from the program level, to the organizational level to multi-sector partnerships working on collective impact. As a corps, Campus Compact VISTA members benefit from shared training and professional development, and collaborate both regionally and by issue area throughout the service year through communities of practice. In addition to their host site supervisor, Campus Compact VISTA members are supported by 3 program staff and 4 VISTA Leaders based at regional network offices in Worcester, MA (Northeast office) and Chicago, IL (Midwest office).

Benefits of Service:

Post-Service Education Award of $6,195 or cash stipend of $1,800 (2020-2021)

Biweekly Living Allowance

Relocation Allowance (if moving more than 50 miles)

Basic Health Coverage

Student Loan Forbearance or Deferment

Ongoing Training, Support, and Professional Development

Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) for 1 year after the successful completion of VISTA service

The AmeriCorps VISTA Experience

I chose to serve because I wanted to be an agent in facilitating access to institutions of higher education to people who are underrepresented in this setting.

-Yasmin Fabian, Connecticut College

I choose to serve because the fight for equal opportunity starts with small steps. AmeriCorps VISTA offered me the opportunity to take these small steps by working with young people and understanding the larger systems that influence systemic injustices.

-Renee Altimari, Providence College

This experience has opened my eyes to how colleges and universities can better support their students and surrounding communities.  I plan to take what I’ve learned to engage future students and colleagues in stronger efforts to serve their community.

-Teri Tozzi, University of New Haven

I was motivated to serve with CCSNE because I believe in our mission and wanted to be part of the work to promote access to higher education and student success, especially because similar programs were so impactful to me as a first-generation college student.

-Tassandra Rios-Scelso, University of Massachusetts Amherst

My VISTA experience has pushed me out of my comfort zone to accomplish personal development goals that I didn’t think I would ever achieve.

-Alex Gim-Fain, Wheaton College

How to Apply for a 2020-2021 VISTA Position

  1. Check if you meet these qualifications: Associate’s degree or higher; Leadership experience; Strong organizational skills; Excellent verbal and written communication; Strong interest in community service, social change, and advancing education
  2. Complete an application on the My AmeriCorps portal and search “Campus Compact.” You can narrow your search by state using the drop down menu.
  3. Select a listing of interest and submit your application.
  4. Within a week of submitting your completed application, you will be contacted by the host site supervisor with next steps. If you do not hear from a supervisor, let us know by emailing us at one of the addresses below.
  5. If selected to move forward, you’ll complete an informal  phone interview with two members of the Campus Compact VISTA recruitment team. This is an opportunity for you to get to know our program better learn more about the 2020-2021 Campus Compact VISTA corps.

The application process for the 2020-2021 service year is now open in the My AmeriCorps Portal! Search “Campus Compact VISTA” to learn about all of our sites!

Contact our VISTA team at vista@compact.org, with any questions along the way!

Still have questions?

Campus Compact VISTA members serve at colleges, universities, and community organizations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Illinois, Virginia, Wisconsin, Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan, and Nebraska. Our sites include public and private, as well as two and four year institutions. Campus Compact through the AmeriCorps VISTA program seeks to activate higher education institutions and their partners to work together to make an impact on poverty in their local communities. VISTA members will be leveraged to build capacity at higher education institutions and/or partnerships between higher education and their school and community-based non-profit partners that directly impact economically disadvantaged individuals.

You can view our host sites for 2019-2020 here and learn more about how our VISTAs are building capacity at their host sites!

VISTA builds upon the ability of sponsor organizations to fight poverty through education. Rather than providing services directly to low-income individuals and communities, VISTAs strengthen and support organizations by building infrastructure, expanding community partnerships, and securing long-term resources.

Capacity building is a term used to describe the process by which VISTAs work with staff and communities to create, expand, or strengthen the systems and processes that help an organization carry out its anti-poverty work. These tasks and activities can include recruiting volunteers, developing databases or systems, securing funding, and establishing partnerships in the community.

Direct service refers to activities that immediately address an individual’s needs (i.e.tutoring, delivering a meal, managing a group of volunteers).

While someone performing direct service might tutor middle school students in math, a VISTA performing indirect service might recruit tutors or develop a relationship between the middle school and a college to make the program self-sufficient and secure. The goal is setting up programs for long-term sustainability.

Approximately 70 volunteers serve as Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTAs. The corps regularly comes together for trainings, residential retreats and social outings, and engages in resource sharing and networking throughout the year.

VISTAs may apply to any position(s) that they are interested in, in any region(s) they choose.

VISTA members serve for one year (12 months).  Members can (and often do!) sign on for an additional year(s) of service, up to three VISTA terms.

The 2020-2021 Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program will begin mid-summer 2020 (Northeast Region: July 20, 2020 / Midwest Region: August 3, 2020).

Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA members receive a living allowance that is paid out bi-weekly by Campus Compact. VISTAs are also eligible for student loan forbearance for qualified federally backed loans, health coverage (click here for more info), a relocation allowance (if moving more than 50 miles), as well as a $6,195 Educational Award or $1,800 cash stipend upon completion of service (learn about matching institutions here). For more information regarding benefits, click here.

Yes, you can hold part time employment as long as it does not interfere with your VISTA work and is not directly affiliated with your partnership. To learn more about the policy, click here.

In order to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA you must have the equivalent of a degree from a two or four-year institution. As with our Outside Employment Policy, VISTAs can be in school part-time as long as it does not interfere with their VISTA work.

Campus Compact VISTA has plenty of resources to help new members adjust to living in a new area. We can provide you resources around finding affordable housing and accessing public resources in your state. We also have an extensive alumni network that loves to welcome new VISTAs to the neighborhood, and can connect you with other incoming Campus Compact VISTA members if you are looking for roommates.  Talk to the VISTA Leaders [vista@compact.org] to find out more about these options.

The necessity of a car is dictated by the level of public transportation in the area and your ability to access your host site and/or community partner effectively.

Each year, the VISTA Leaders in partnership with the Program Director and Program Managers work together to create a training curriculum that suits the needs of members. Members frequently recommend training topics and facilitate workshops in areas of expertise. In the past, trainings have included:

  • Grant Writing & Fund Development
  • Community Partnership Development
  • Diversity Training and Social Justice Education
  • Evaluation and Impact Assessment
  • Sustainability Strategies
  • Recruitment and Retention Practices
  • Service Learning Development
  • Team-Building
  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Community Organizing
  • College Access
  • Data Collection & Reporting
  • Introduction to the Higher Education System
  • Social Media and Marketing Strategies

Members go on to a variety of post-service opportunities, while others choose to stay on for a second (or third!) year of service. Past members have moved onto:

  • Service-Learning Director, University of New Haven
  • Director of Research and Instruction, Stanford University
  • Director of Individual Giving, United Cerebral Palsy
  • Specialist in Social Policy, Congressional Research Service
  • Volunteer Coordinator, Hanover Habitat for Humanity
  • Graduate Study in: Law, Public Policy, Medicine, Urban Planning, Education, American Studies, Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Social Work, Non-Profit Management, Social Psychology

For more information about:

AmeriCorps: visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/

AmeriCorps VISTA: visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorpsvista

Campus Compact VISTA: visit our “About” page

Questions? Contact us at vista@compact.org.

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