New York Campus Compact’s VISTA program provides resources to support campus-community partnerships. The investment in developing community partnerships not only advances community priorities, but develops deep and meaningful learning opportunities for students and increased scholarship opportunities for faculty. As agents for change, VISTAs serve campus-community partnerships (at a minimal cost) by broadly engaging community resources to alleviate poverty and develop long-term sustainable solutions.
2018-2019 PA-NYCC VISTA Host Site Applications
New York and Pennsylvania Campus Compacts are pleased to notify you that we will be releasing the Host Site Applications for the 2018-2019 PA-NYCC*VISTA Program on Monday, September 25th, 2017. This year marks our gradual transition to a regional approach to our (NY & PA) VISTA programs.
For Year 1 Projects: PA-NYCC requires all potential new projects to participate in an individual “Intent to Apply Call.” Please schedule a call with Breanna Datesman (BDatesman@PACCompact.org ) by contacting her directly. The “Intent to Apply Call” must be completed by all potential new projects by Friday, October 20th, 2017 (and prior to submitting your application).Start thinking about how you and your community partner can share in the success of a PA-NYCC*VISTA project!
For the 2018-2019 program year, PA-NYCC*VISTA members will be assigned to member campuses with projects in one of the following focus areas:
1. Economic Opportunity: Safe and affordable housing for vulnerable families, enhanced financial literacy, and employment training and access.
2. Education: Improved school readiness and academic performance in K-12 schools, increased graduation rates, and post-secondary success.
3. Healthy Futures: Improved access to nutritious food and connecting economically disadvantaged individuals to preventative primary health services.
4. Veterans and Military Families: Engaging veterans in services, providing service to veterans and military families.
Please note there are TWO different application deadlines depending on whether you are a new project (Year 1) or renewing your project (Year 2 and 3).
The Application Deadline will be:
- Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by 12 noon (Year 1 Projects)
- Friday, November 17th, 2017 by 12 noon (Year 2 & Year 3 Projects)
Please Contact Breanna Datesman, PACC Program Manager, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 267-377-6545 if you have questions or need additional information.
NYCC AmeriCorps VISTA
To achieve its program purpose, VISTA operates under the following core principles:
Anti-Poverty Focus – The purpose of the VISTA Program is to support efforts to fight poverty. All VISTA projects address helping individuals and communities out of poverty, not simply making poverty more tolerable through short-term services.
Capacity-Building – VISTA members work to increase the capacity of organizations to fight poverty, rather than providing direct services to low-income individuals. Through activities such as establishment of community volunteer management systems, volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, community outreach and collaborative development, VISTA members mobilize local resources to achieve lasting solutions.
Community Empowerment – VISTA projects engage residents of the low-income communities in planning, developing and implementation. The project must be responsive and relevant to the lives of the community residents and should tap into inherent community strengths.
Sustainable Solutions – VISTA members are short-term resources to help organizations address new or existing program areas related to their mission. VISTA members help build the capacity of an organization to implement its anti-poverty program on its own after a period of time (typically three years), as it plans for the eventual phase-out of VISTA members.