What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program that started in 1964 designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA Members commit to work full-time as a paid professional volunteer for at least one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.
Families in Transition is proud to be a coordinate one of New Hampshire’s largest, statewide AmeriCorps VISTA Programs. Families in Transition partners with nonprofit and government agencies in New Hampshire to place 20-30 VISTAs annually who work for at least one year to build programs that fight poverty and improve the quality of life for the most disadvantaged members of our community.
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Current Available FIT VISTA Positions
Research and Program Development:
Diversity Coordinator VISTA
Kroka Expeditions- Marlow, NH
The Diversity Coordinator will carry out our vision to make wilderness programs accessible to low-income and minority students in New Hampshire and within the greater New England region.
Resident Services VISTA
Portsmouth Housing Authority- Portsmouth, NH
Work in a dynamic environment with community leaders to help residents achieve greater economic self-sufficiency and avoid the poverty traps that inhibit personal, social and economic advancement.
Coordinator of Career and College Mentorships VISTA
Laconia School District Project EXTRA- Laconia, NH
Oversee the coordination, capacity-building, and implementation of the REAL Initiative serving the Laconia Middle School students from families with low socio-economic status.
Afterschool Support & Capacity Building Specialist VISTA
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains- Bedford, NH
Help make a difference in a girl’s life! The Girl Scouts Afterschool program inspires, empowers, and encourages young girls in at-risk areas to take the lead in their lives and be successful.
Community Engagement and Outreach:
Migrant/Homeless Youth Program Associate VISTA
NH Department of Education (DOE)- Concord, NH
Build resources and work to assist at-risk students in accessing education and other basic needs through supporting volunteers and organizations that engage this disadvantaged population.
Treatment Education and Engagement VISTA
New Futures- Concord, NH
Help low-income and chronically homeless New Hampshire citizens access insurance for substance abuse treatment to fight the state’s opiate crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Assistant VISTA
Office of Student Wellness, NH DOE- Concord, NH
Targeted outreach for Youth Mental Health training for adults and youth over 16 who work or interact with students who are identified as at risk, homeless or are living with poverty.
Watch Me Grow Assistant VISTA
NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS)- Concord, NH
Watch Me Grow Assistant to aid in the development/implementation of NH’s important developmental screening/referral system for families of infants and young children, including those facing poverty.
Community Engagement Coordinator VISTA
Early Learning NH/Spark NH- Concord, NH
Work to combat factors that drive poverty by increasing investments in and coordination of health, early education, and family support for the youngest children and their families.
Marketing and Communications:
Marketing and Program Development VISTA
Oscar Foss Memorial Library- Center Barnstead, NH
Build educational resources and sustainable programming for low income community after-school program. Help us to provide a space to welcome, educate and engage all ages and members of our community.
Benefits of Being A FIT VISTA
- 1 year of professional work experience
- Professional development, training & networking opportunities
- Forbearance of Federal Student Loans (interest can be paid at completion of service!)
- Choice of education award: $5,815 to use for school or pay off loans or $1,500 cash stipend upon successful completion of service
- 20 days of sick and vacation leave
- Living stipend (Avg. $1,000/month before taxes)
- Food assistance, Health Coverage, Child Care Assistance (if eligible).
If you have any questions, please contact Families in Transition VISTA Program at: [email protected] or 603.641.9441 ext 357.
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