AmeriCorps VISTA Project

West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth provides VISTA resources to children and youth serving organizations that demonstrate an anti-poverty focus in West Virginia. Promise VISTA members are placed throughout the state in child/youth serving organizations to develop and enhance educational programs focusing on fulfilling the Five Promises.  Members identify, enhance and increase community awareness to mobilize communities to provide the Promises to children and youth and to sustain programs by increasing funding to support program development.

VISTA resources should be used to provide a sustainable solution to poverty, not just making poverty more tolerable.  All Promise VISTA Site Projects must be developed in accordance with AmeriCorps VISTA’s core principles: an anti-poverty focus; community empowerment; sustainable solutions; and capacity building.

How can your organization apply for a VISTA position?
To be eligible for a VISTA position, your organization must be a public, private, or faith-based nonprofit, or a local, state, or federal agency. If your organization is interested in becoming a Host Site for a Promise VISTA please fill out the Application. 

How can you apply to serve as a VISTA member?
To apply as an AmeriCorps VISTA candidate, and register by completing your profile, username and password. Return to the "My AmeriCorps" portal, sign-in, and complete your online application. After your online application is complete, you can submit it to West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth or other projects. Steps to Applying will assist in the process.

The VISTA Summer Associates program offers individuals the opportunity to become engaged in a community through an existing VISTA project for 8 to 10 weeks during the summer. 

There are as many reasons to serve as there are people who serve. Volunteering is not just an altruistic act. It's an opportunity to advance in all areas of your life. Here are a few of the things you can gain when you give your time and yourself:

Connect with your community.

  • Conserve funds for charities, nonprofits and faith-based and other community organizations by contributing your time.
  • Share your skills and gain new ones.
  • Develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Meet new people from all walks of life.
  • Enhance your resume and make important networking contacts.
  • Promote a worthwhile activity.
  • Feel needed and valued.
  • Experience something new. 
  • 2012-2014 Reflections
  • VISTA Project Accomplishments
    VISTA Training

    Corporation for National & Community Service

    You may also contact a Host Site near you. West Virginia’s Promise-The Alliance for Youth has partnered with the following organizations by providing VISTA resources to build capacity at the local community level:

    West Virginia's Promise
    Our vision is all young people in West Virginia are prepared for success in school, work and life. Our mission is to mobilize state and local partners so every young person in West Virginia receives the Five Promises.

    Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg
    To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.

    Camp Vigil Tate
    Camp Tate is a youth camp facility that expands it services to meet the needs of community, familu and public and private organizations.

    Doddridge County Schools
    Mission/Vision: Doddridge County Schools is a West Virginia School district made up of one elementary school, one middle school and one high school that serves 1,800 students annually. Mission: is to collaborate with the community to provide learning experiences that address the cognitive, physical, social and emotional needs of all students to help them become productive and adaptive citizens in a Global Society. Vision: is to provide a safe, clean and well equipped school environment that is conducive to learning.

    Grow Ohio Valley
    Mission is to transform the Ohio Valley through improved food justice. Simply put, goals are to achieve more people growing food, more people being educated about food throughout our region.

    KEYS 4 HealthyKids
    KEYS 4 HealthyKids mission: To reduce childhood obesity through policy, system and environmental change by improving access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunity.

    Learning Options, Inc. 
    LOI prepares students to succeed  by affording them the opportunity to focus on topics in detail and truly understand how learning can lead them to successful and satisfying future.  

    Morgan County Schools
    Guided by core beliefs, mission is to provide a "learning for all" educational program.

    Ohio Valley University 
    Seek to transform lives in a Christ-centered academic community that integrates higher learning, biblical faith and service to God and humanity. The Literacy Initiative at OVU will provide students the opportunity to engage in community needs and project. LI allows OVU to collaborate with community schools and youth; to offer youth, personal growth and mentoring. The sub programs under the LI will prepare the community youth for academic success and to create future good character/citizenship adults; that want to give back to their community.

    Pocahontas County Family Resource Network 
    The Pocahontas County Family Outreach and Education Center is a "one-stop-shop" for information, resource and referral services for children and families. Mission is to ensure that Pocahontas County families have the necessary resources to educate, nurture and protect their children. 

    Potomac Valley Audubon Society  
    Mission/Vision: PVAS is people dedicated to preserving, restoring and enjoying the natural world through education and action. Anti-poverty outcomes: PVAS strives to reach all youth with its educational programs and experiences. All youth, no matter their economic means, should have access to programs that support their education, health, and well-being.

    Promise Neighborhood Initiative
    Mission: Children in the Burke Street Neighborhood will reach their full potential from cradle to career.

    Shepherd University
    Mission of service succeeds because we are dedicated to our core values: learning, engagement, integrity, accessibliity and community. 
    University Healthcare Jefferson Medical Center
    Mission: To improve the health status of Eastern Panhandle residents by providing excellence in health and wellness services, expanding access to care and participating in the education of healthcare.

    West Virginia University Extension Service Ohio County
    The West Virginia 4-H program provides positive youth development programming in each of the 55 counties with a focus on experiential education related to healthy living, citizenship, and the sciences. The 4-H program strives to incorporate the 8 Essential Elements of 4-H youth development programming in all opportunities for youth.

    Wyoming Advocates for Youth
    Mission: seeks to empower youth to build a positive future for themselves and their communities by giving them the tools to be effective leaders and strategic thinkers.

    Youth Services System, Inc
    Mission/Vision: To create better futures for children, families and our community

    2010 VISTA Reports 

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