Become a VISTA
Serve as a VISTA at one of our sites and make a real impact for a local organization and for our community members! Whether you are new to Louisville or were born and raised here, VISTA is a great opportunity to become part of the city in a new way. Our VISTA members meet monthly and go on occasional outings together, forming a strong network. Many of the VISTAs also collaborate during their VISTA assignment. With resources and support from the VISTA Leader and Project Staff, we want to make sure your year of service is a meaningful experience.
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will strengthen important ties with community members that Ameriana serves and partner organizations through outreach. The VISTA member will conduct regular meetings with community leaders to assess program effectiveness, community needs, and education opportunities. This information will be used to guide the direction of future programming. The VISTA member will also work to strengthen Americana’s volunteer and mentoring programs through outreach, training, and creating a social media campaign focused on community awareness.
The Americorps VISTA member will work to develop programs focused on the College and Career Readiness initiative for low-income, at-risk, refugee and immigrant teenage youth enrolled in youth programs. The VISTA member will also work to foster community and parental engagement in after-school programming through outreach and trainings, as well as developing a high school to college mentoring program. As a result of these programs, Americana hopes to make education and career readiness a family-centric activity with strong community support.
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work closely with Wilderness Louisville, Inc and the Southwest Dream team to expand their programs’ reach through fundraising, grant writing, and community outreach. The VISTA member will work to solidify the annual fundraising strategy of Wilderness Louisville, Inc. to support the Louisville ECHO program and other programmatic and master plan initiatives of Jefferson Memorial Forest. The VISTA member will also establish a sustainable protocol for annual development of the South Points Scenic Area map, which includes the south Louisville food district.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Member will work towards the goal of providing educational, healthy and positive experiences in nature for everyone, by increasing and diversifying the Volunteer base at the Jefferson Memorial Forest & other Natural Areas within Louisville Metro. The AmeriCorps VISTA Member will engage current volunteers and community members, and will work to increase long-term volunteering by researching best practices, implementing new systems and programs, and conducting program evaluations to gather volunteer feedback.
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will refine and grow the existing cultural exchange and mentoring program at KRM that assists refugees in need of social support. The VISTA will refine placement and ongoing training process of all mentors to ensure effective mentor/mentee matches.
The AmeriCorps VISTA Member will work to develop meaningful community partnerships with small business, development institutions, and community agencies offering related services. The VISTA Member will also create tool kits on how to address the common issues faced by individuals creating or sustaining a small business enterprise, along with supplemental trainings and materials for small business owners and community members.
The AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to strengthen the capacity of United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) through volunteer engagement and community outreach in order to better serve and empower underserved families in the Louisville Metro area. The VISTA project will build upon agency strengths to help recruit and maintain a robust network of volunteers, develop volunteer management tools and resources, and raise much-needed awareness within the community about the programs at UCHM.