Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTA
In partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), The CCSNE AmeriCorps VISTA Program mobilizes higher education to improve education outcomes for students who live in poverty. We place 51 full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members on college and university campuses or with non-profit organizations to build the capacity to leverage the resources of higher education in partnerships and programs that increase the quality and access to education across Southern New England.
Program Focus Areas:
In alignment with the mission and goals of Campus Compact, the CCSNE AmeriCorps VISTA program concentrates its capacity building efforts in the following education-based focus areas:
Building capacity for economically disadvantaged pre-school aged children to make gains in social/emotional skills, literacy or numeracy skills (teaching, tutoring, and the provision of education readiness support services to children and families).
Building capacity to support academic and behavioral outcomes of low-income students in elementary, middle and high schools (teaching, tutoring, mentoring of students, expanded learning or out of school time programs and other school improvement support)
Building capacity to prepare students for higher education and training and improve the prospects of success in postsecondary education institutions for economically disadvantaged students (programs that help students prepare for college and careers including, college counseling, tutoring, enrollment support, retention activities for first-generation and low-income students).
About AmeriCorps VISTA
Founded in 1965, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) is a federal anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of national service programs, housed at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
AmeriCorps VISTA supports efforts to alleviate poverty by providing opportunities for its full-time service to create or expand programs designed to empower individuals and communities in overcoming poverty. To learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, click here.