AmeriCorps VISTA Program
The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has utilized AmeriCorps VISTA members to help create and enhance programs for more than a decade. Initially, VISTAs were focused on the Legal Advocacy Project. In recent years, ANDVSA and its member programs have utilized VISTAs in primary prevention program development. VISTAs have worked on a wide range of projects within prevention including youth engagement efforts, implementing the Fourth R curriculum, and social norm campaigns. Recently, the Corporation for National and Community Service has recognized the importance of primary prevention programming and because of this, intends to expand the ANDVSA VISTA Program in the coming years.
What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three branches of AmeriCorps, a national service program through the United States government agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service. What distinguishes AmeriCorps VISTA from the other two branches of AmeriCorps (State & National and the National Civilian Community Corps-NCCC) is that AmeriCorps VISTA members engage in service activities that build capacity by developing sustainable structures and programs in the organizations and communities in which they serve with the end goal of ending poverty in America. VISTA members do not replace a normal staff member; rather, they do supplemental work that would not or could not have been done otherwise. Most AmeriCorps VISTA terms last for one year, during which members gain personal and professional experiences not found in the typical entry-level job.
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If you have questions or are interested in learning more about the ANDVSA AmeriCorps VISTA Program, contact Christine Gerlock, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Barnes, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Male Engagement, email@example.com.