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Thank you for your interest in applying for an AmeriCorps VISTA position with New York Campus Compact (NYCC). This application is modeled after the application utilized by the Corporation for National and Community Service. If selected, all candidates must also complete the national application which will be available later in April.
New York Campus Compact’s VISTA program provides resources to support campus-community partnerships. The investment in developing community partnerships not only advances community priorities, but develops deep and meaningful learning opportunities for students and increased scholarship opportunities for faculty. As agents for change, VISTAs serve campus-community partnerships by broadly engaging community resources to alleviate poverty and develop long-term sustainable solutions.NYCC is a statewide, membership association of college and university presidents committed to promoting “active citizenship as an aim of higher education.” It is one of the 34 state and regional affiliates of Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide committed to the public purposes of higher education.
VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs under the umbrella of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). For over 40 years, it has been at the forefront of building capacity of communities to fight poverty. VISTA members challenge poverty’s root causes by mobilizing volunteers and local resources and by increasing the capacity of individuals in low-income neighborhoods to rely on themselves to make positive changes. Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.
VISTA members devote a year of their lives to serve in some of the nation’s poorest urban and rural areas and earn a modest living allowance set at the poverty level of the region they serve in. VISTA members come from all walks of life, from being recent college graduates to individuals who have retired from their careers. With passion, commitment, and hard work, they create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
To learn more about the NYCC VISTA program, our current VISTAs, their projects and benefits, please visit www.nyccvista.org