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 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 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 assist Community Center Staff in improving the volunteer recruitment and training process with the goal of creating a sustainable volunteer program. This position focuses heavily on training Community Center staff in best volunteer management practices and working with actively serving volunteers to improve the training process.
The VISTA Leader will serve to expand and build the capacity of individual AmeriCorps VISTA members and their respective service sites through the coordination of the Americana Community Center umbrella project, ensuring that members are successful in achieving an optimum service experience that benefits the participating non-profit agencies and the clients they serve. **VISTA Leaders must have been a Peace Corps Volunteer or a full year AmeriCorps Member prior to serving.**