AmeriCorps* VISTA

Are you interested in serving a year as a GHCC-Sponsored VISTA member? We’re recruiting now for our 2014-2015 cohort! Please read below for information about how to apply and to see what positions are available.

For more than two decades, GHCC has been a proud sponsor of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. GHCC sponsors a diverse selection of projects that build and strengthen vibrant urban communities throughout Baltimore City and across Maryland. Our members develop K-12, college, and career opportunities for at-risk youth, improve access to healthy foods through community organizing and gardening, build capacity for organizations serving refugees and the homeless, and more. Click here to learn where our 2013-14 VISTA cohort serves and what our members do.

2013-14 VISTA Cohort

How to Apply to be a VISTA Member
All interested applicants first must complete an online myAmeriCorps application. Go to my.americorps.gov and click “apply to serve” to begin your application. Upon completing the application in the portal (which may take 1-3 hours), please apply to the open position(s) below that interests you. Qualifying applicants will be contacted by both GHCC staff and the service site for interviews before final decisions are made.

  • Elementary School STEM Program Associate at the Center for Educational Outreach (part of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, MD: Many of the fastest growing jobs in the US need at least a basic understanding of math and science. Inspire future mathematicians and scientists at a young age through afterschool STEM activities!
  • Head Start and Elementary School Coordinator (link coming soon) with Enterprise Community Partners in Baltimore, MD: Pre-school education can change the trajectory of children – lifting them from poverty to a life of better outcomes. Join Enterprise Community Partners and make a difference!
  • Project LIFTT Associate (link coming soon) at the the Alliance for Community, Teachers and Schools in Baltimore, MD: LIFTT schools to success! Develop teams of parents and teachers in Baltimore’s public schools to transform school culture and improve student achievement. Project LIFTT shifts power dynamics through leadership development and collaboration.
  • Workforce and Training Coordinator (link coming soon) at the Youth Empowered Society’s (YES) Drop-In Center in Baltimore, MD: YES’s innovative program model is based on trusting partnerships between youth with experiences of homelessness and allied staff with complimentary educational/life experiences. Consider joining us today!

Schedule
2014-15 GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs will serve full time for a period of one calendar year, starting July 25, 2014 and ending July 24, 2015. All of the VISTA positions require full time dedication, often with responsibilities in the evening and on weekends. Note: Per the policy of CNCS, VISTAs cannot engage in paid work during their year of service.

VISTAs are required to attend a mandatory Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) prior to beginning their year of service (July 21-24; location TBA). All lodging and transportation costs to and from PSO will be covered by CNCS.

Benefits
VISTAs receive a living allowance set at 105% of the poverty line for the city in which they will be serving. They have the opportunity to enroll in the Seven Corners Health Benefits Plan (supplemental to health insurance), to apply for SNAP (food stamps), childcare assistance, and other benefits if eligible. GHCC-Sponsored VISTAs also receive a monthly transportation and cell phone stipend of $55.

GHCC provides an orientation at the start of the term and monthly in-service training tailored to the VISTA cohort in collaboration with our network of partners. Training topics have included volunteer management, sustainable project planning, grant writing and reporting, effective communication, and community organizing, among others. Our in-service training, called Professional Development Meetings (PDMs), are an opportunity for team-building and resource sharing among our VISTA members and are often described as a highlight of their service experience through GHCC.

If relocating more than 50 miles to serve, CNCS will cover certain relocation costs. Additionally, GHCC will assist with finding affordable housing near the VISTA’s service site.

Finally, on successful completion of the term, VISTAs choose to receive either an Education Award of $5,550 or Cash Stipend of $1,500. The Education Award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed student loan or used to pay school tuition in the future. After serving, VISTAs have one year of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.

For detailed information about AmeriCorps*VISTA, including member benefits, please visit: http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp

Requirements
All applicants are required to 1) fill out an online application with CNCS and, if selected, 2) provide proof of age, social security number, and citizenship. All selected candidates are required to complete a federal criminal background check and child abuse clearance before beginning service.

Questions
Applicants may contact the VISTA Leaders, Allison Wilhite (awilhite@greaterhomewood.org or 410-387-0088) and Tom Pfeifer (tpfeifer@greaterhomewood.org or 410-261-3618), to ask questions about the application process and GHCC’s VISTA program. Please do not send cover letters or resumes unless requested; only online applications will be considered.

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