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9 Reasons to Join AmeriCorps VISTA with Us
Gain Skills & Experience
Whether you are a recent college graduate, looking to stay busy in retirement, or anywhere in between, a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA is a great way to learn new skills, build your resume, and invest in your personal growth.
Discover a Sense of Purpose
Do you want to have a sense of purpose in the work you do? Are you looking for a way to stay involved and give back to your community? AmeriCorps VISTA projects are focused on addressing poverty by helping our local governments, schools, and nonprofits better serve our communities across the nation.
Recently, some of our current VISTAs and staff shared what they love about living in Central Minnesota! At the top of the list was access to lakes, nature, and close knit communities. Check out our latest blog post to see what everybody had to say.
Monthly Leadership & Professional Development Trainings
While in service, our AmeriCorps VISTA cohort gathers monthly to participate in day-long Leadership and Professional Development Trainings at the Initiative Foundation to learn about topics such as public speaking, grant writing, personal branding, and more!
Gain friends and build your professional network as you meet monthly with other VISTAs in your region to gain skills, share stories and resources, and support one another throughout your service year.
Monthly Housing Allowance
Committing to living on a VISTA budget can be scary, and that’s why we offer an additional $200 monthly housing allowance to help pay your rent or mortgage. This benefit is not offered by most VISTA projects.
Student Loan Deferment & Forbearance
Qualified applicants have the opportunity to postpone their student loan payments during their service year, which makes AmeriCorps VISTA a great gap year opportunity! Additionally, interest accrued during a year of service can be payed on your behalf by the National Service Trust. Click here for more info and be sure to check with your loan provider to be sure you qualify.
Upon successful completion of a year of service, AmeriCorps VISTAs have the opportunity to receive a Segal Education Award worth $5,920! This award can be used towards current or future education costs or to repay federal student loans.
Dreaming of one day working for the Federal Government? AmeriCorps VISTAs receive one year of Non-Competitive Eligibility for federal positions, meaning an alumni who meets the minimum qualifications for a federal job can be hired by a federal agency without having to compete with the general public. Click here for more info. *Note that this eligibility is only available to Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTAs; not other branches of the AmeriCorps.