West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth, AmeriCorps VISTA Project is placing 85 AmeriCorps Summer Associate VISTA members at non-profit organizations/schools/state agencies to provide the Five Promises to children and youth. These Associates will facilitate Education: Programming to prevent summer learning loss for students; STEM, Reading, Arts, Healthy Futures, Gardening, etc. and or Summer Feeding Sites: Programming to add or support meal sites that serve both youth and elders (intergenerational congregate meal sites), including USDA Summer Food Service Programs and senior meal programs. SA’s cannot serve as cooks.
The Summer Associate program allows for organizations to supplement their anti-poverty activities with an infusion of "hands-on volunteers" during the summer months. Unlike year-round VISTAs, Summer Associates can perform direct service activities, serving as mentors and coordinators. The summer program is a prime opportunity to introduce individuals, particularly college-age students, to national service with the hope it will lead to their participation in full-time programs later on.
The Summer Associate program offers individuals the opportunity to participate for either 8, 9 or 10 weeks. Associate start date is June 5, 2017. Members serve a minimum of 35 hours per week.
2015 Summer Associate Reports, see SA VISTA Micheal Parsons video: https://vimeo.com/143789565
2014 Summer Associate Reports
2012 Summer Associate Reports
June 2011 to August 2011 West Virginia’s Promise AmeriCorps Project was awarded 10 Summer Associates VISTA members 2011 Site locations June 6, 2011 Summer Associate Training, Key speaker First Lady of West Virginia Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, see pictures
Number of new volunteers recruited: 114
Total hours of service performed by community volunteers: 3,389
Dollar value of cash resource developed: $1,447
Dollar value of non-cash resources developed: $7,406.70