AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate (VSA) Program
The VISTA Summer Associate (VSA) program serves as a complement to the traditional, full-year AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA Summer Associates are VISTA members that serve for eight weeks during June and July with organizations on a specific project that aims to empower individuals, families and communities to overcome poverty. Eligible VSAs must be 18 years of age, a high school graduate (or have completed a GED) and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States.
VSAs serve full-time (typically 40 hours a week) for eight weeks in the summer. Because of the relatively short term of service, VSAs are not given any vacation or sick leave during their eight weeks of service. However, they are granted holidays (i.e. 4th of July) honored by their host sites.
To support their service, VSAs receive a living allowance of $1,888 (prorated and paid every other Friday) and can choose between either a $276 cash award or a $1,289 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award as an end-of-service award upon successful completion of service.