NC Campus Compact is concluding the 3rd year of its VISTA Partnership Project grant, which places AmeriCorps VISTA members at campus or community host sites to develop a campus-community project that serves low-income people in the areas of K-12 education, food access, or economic opportunity. Meet the 2016-17 host sites.
We are currently seeking proposals for VISTA member placement under our new grant concept: the NC Afterschool Corps. More info below.
NC Afterschool Corps
Project summary: The NC Afterschool Corps will strengthen afterschool programming in select communities by building the capacity of afterschool and expanded learning programs that serve low-income children, while developing these programs’ connection to local colleges and universities. Corps members will provide services that increase the number and training of volunteers serving with afterschool programs, increase funding and in-kind resources to these programs, and expand local awareness of the value of afterschool. Corps members will also enhance civic and community engagement by implementing Design for Change afterschool programming. Design for Change is a project-based, service-learning curriculum that empowers young people to solve local programs through design-thinking and action. Afterschool volunteers and especially Design for Change advisors will be recruited from local college and university students.
Learn more about Design for Change.
Design Thinking is a process of creating new and innovative ideas to solve a problem. Design for Change takes young people through 4 stages:
- Feel - Young people observe and list the issues in their community that bother them.
- Imagine - They interact with folks in their community to identify points of intervention and solutions.
- Do - They develop and implement an action plan, keeping in mind resources, budget and time.
- Share - They share their story of change and inspire others to get involved or do their own project.
Learn more about the NC Center for Afterschool Programs, including the NC CAP Quality Indicators.
Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA, including Key Term, Conditions, and Benefits that host and partner organizations should know.
Placement of NC Afterschool Corps member is contingent on successful AmeriCorps VISTA grant application, on availability of funding, and on timely recruitment and selection of viable candidate.
Placement and Recruitment Timeline 2017-18 Project Year
• Application released – January 25
• Technical Assistance Calls – February 1 (11 AM) & 2 (1 PM)
• Letter of Intent to Apply (email) – February 6
• Host site proposal deadline – March 10
• Afterschool Corps member recruitment begins – early March
• Host sites announced – March 17
• Host site webinars – March 29 & 30
• Priority Deadline for Afterschool Corps member candidates to apply – May 1
• Host sites submit candidate ranking – May 15
• Pre-Service Orientation* - July 17 - 20
• First day of VISTA term* – July 21
All dates subject to change.
What do VISTAs do?
An AmeriCorps VISTA member serves full-time (35+ hours/week) for one year to develop or expand programs that fight poverty. VISTAs cannot provide direct service; instead they build the capacity of host sites and partners to better serve low-income people and address poverty-related needs.
Campus Compact VISTAs build a campus/community partnership by taking on different capacity-building activities such as: recruiting or training volunteers, writing grants and soliciting donations, creating publicity and outreach materials, conducting needs assessments and asset profiles, establishing sustainable systems and structures. The specific activities of the VISTA depend on the particular goal and objectives of the project site.
Who can apply to host a VISTA?
NC Campus Compact member campuses may apply with a community partner OR non-profit organizations or governmental agencies may apply in partnership with a member campus partner. In the 2017-2020 grant cycle, we are planning to work exclusively with afterschool programs that primarily serve low-income children.
If our site currently hosts a VISTA, do we need to re-apply?
If your site currently hosts a Campus Compact VISTA, you must submit a new proposal to be considered for placement in the 2017-2020 grant cycle. You may apply to host more than one VISTA member.
What activities will NC Afterschool Corps members do?
In order to accomplish the project goals, NC Afterschool Corps members will undertake the following key capacity-building activities over the course of the 3-year placement period:
Recruit volunteers from campus and community
Train volunteers to serve with afterschool program
Train college student volunteers to lead Design For Change (DFC) lessons
Support fundraising and/or grant-writing activities, as directed by afterschool program staff
Support accomplishment of DFC projects created by children
Support establishment of campus-based structure to sustain DFC programming
Plan and implement a “Lights on Afterschool” event to raise community and campus awareness of afterschool.
Plan and implement a national day of service event to raise community and campus awareness of community service.
How long is a VISTA placement?
VISTA projects typically span 3 years. In years 2 & 3, host sites may submit a continuation application. At the end of year 3, the VISTA resource will be phased out. Receiving a VISTA in any year does not oblige a host site to seek a VISTA in subsequent years, nor does granting a VISTA in any year oblige Campus Compact to award VISTA placement in future years.
How long can a VISTA member serve?
NC Campus Compact VISTAs serve a one-year term (365 days). Individuals may re-enroll with site and NC Campus Compact approval. Individuals may serve as a VISTA for up to 5 years, but may only take 2 full education awards.
How much does it cost to host a VISTA?
To support a VISTA placement, the host site must pay an administrative fee of $5,500. A payment schedule will be provided to selected sites. Host and partner sites may share this fee.
- Host/partner sites should also provide housing support to the Corps member ($200- $400/month), either as a monthly stipend (paid to the landlord or rental agency) or as in-kind support (such as on-campus or reduced-rent housing).
- Placement sites must also reimburse Corps members for service-related travel (not commuting) at the organization's standard mileage rate.
- Host sites must also provide office space, computer, email, phone, and supplies necessary for VISTA's work.
How are VISTA members recruited?
Candidates may be recruited from the local community by host and partner sites, by NC Campus Compact through state networks, and from applicants to the position via the national AmeriCorps.gov online portal.
What benefits do VISTA members receive from AmeriCorps?
- Living stipend of approximately $11,850 per year (in NC), paid bi-weekly by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
- Upon successful completion of service year, member choice of $5,815 Segal education award OR $1,500 cash stipend.
- Relocation assistance if moving more than 50 miles to serve.
- Childcare assistance if eligible.
Do VISTA members get health insurance?
VISTA does not offer health insurance, but the program does offer 2 healthcare-related benefits. One is a reimbursement account to cover co-pays and other health-related expenses VISTAs may incur. Use of this benefit assumes VISTAs have their own insurance coverage (either through the exchange or under a parent or spouse plan.) The other is a healthcare “benefits” plan which provides some basic coverage, but that does not meet ACA compliance standards. For more informaiton, see the VISTA member handbook here: https://www.vistacampus.gov/chapter-8-healthcare-benefit-support
Can the VISTA be in school and/or have a part time job while serving in this role?
A VISTA member cannot be a full-time student, but they may be a part-time student or enrolled in classes as long as they have supervisor/sponsor permission, their service takes priority, and their classes do not conflict with service duties. VISTA members CAN have a 2nd job! The VISTA must get supervisor/sponsor permission for this 2nd job and it should not interfere with their service. However, the second job cannot be with the host site.
For more information about hosting an NC Campus Compact VISTA, contact the VISTA Program Coordinator or call 336-278-7278.