Become a VISTA Member

Join the Campus Compact for Southern New England
AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Positions Open for the 2018-2019 Cycle

What does it mean to be a CCSNE VISTA?

Campus Compact for Southern New England VISTA members focus their service year on education programs aligned with the Corporation for National and Community Service education priorities in school readiness, K-12 school success and college access and success. 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 of 54, CCSNE VISTA members benefit from shared training and professional development and collaborate both regionally and by issue area throughout the service year. In addition to their host site supervisor, CCSNE VISTA members are supported by 3 program staff and 3 VISTA leaders based at the regional network office in Worcester, MA.

Benefits of Service:

Post-Service Education Award of $5,920

Monthly Living Allowance

Relocation Allowance (if moving more than 50 miles)

Basic Health Coverage

Student Loan Forbearance

Ongoing Training, Support, and Professional Development

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 2018-19 VISTA Position:

  1. Check if you meet these qualifications: College degree (Associate’s or higher); Leadership experience; Strong organization skills; Excellent verbal and written communication; Strong interests in community service, social change, and advancing education
  2. Complete an application on the My AmeriCorps portal and submit it to our listing, “Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTA.”
  3. Submit your resume, cover letter, and the contact information of two professional references to ccsnevista {at} compact(.)org.
  4. Within a week of submitting your completed application and materials, you’ll be contacted by the CCSNE VISTA recruitment team concerning next steps.
  5. If selected to move forward, you’ll complete a phone interview with two members of the CCSNE recruitment team. This interview is an opportunity for you to get to know our program better and for our team to determine whether you’re a good fit for the 2018-2019 CCSNE corps.
  6. Finally, if accepted to the CCSNE VISTA program, you will be placed at a host site based on your professional skills, interests and regional preference.

Still Have Questions about CCSNE VISTA?

CCSNE VISTA members serve at colleges, universities, and community organizations across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Our sites include public and private, as well as two and four year institutions. CCSNE VISTAs build capacity for sites to improve educational outcomes for low-income students.

You can view our host sites for 2018-2019 here

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, and establishing parternships 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 happen.

Approximately 54 volunteers serve as CCSNE AmeriCorps VISTAs. The corps regularly comes together for trainings, residential retreats and social outings, and engages in resource sharing and networking throughout the year. 

CCSNE places VISTA members at host sites, based on the work plan for a specific project and the skills, interests and experiences of the VISTA member.  We do take geographic preference into consideration when placing members.

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 2018-2019 CCSNE AmeriCorps VISTA program will begin mid-summer 2018. 

CCSNE 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 $5,920 Educational Award or $1,500 cash stipend upon completion of service. 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.

CCSNE VISTA has plenty of resources to help new members adjust to living in Southern New England.  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 CCSNE VISTA members if you are looking for roommates.  Talk to the VISTA Leaders [ccsnevista {at} 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 community partner effectively.

Each year, the VISTA Leaders and Program Director 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, 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
  • Introduction to the Education System

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

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