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AmeriCorps VISTA Program

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As Volunteers In Service To America, VISTA members work full-time for a year in communities throughout the United States to build sustainable programs that alleviate poverty.

High Point University (HPU) will host eight VISTAs and a VISTA leader beginning in July 2017 to improve education and food security in High Point. Four VISTAs will work on education and four VISTAs will work on food security. The VISTAs will have individual placements in the City of High Point, but we will all meet weekly for check-ins, do professional development together, and work on some projects as a full team.

Benefits of being a VISTA at HPU include living in an HPU maintained house, a 19 meal dining plan during the academic year, conference travel support, limited health benefits, a $11,800 living allowance, and at the end of the year VISTAs have the option of a Segal Education Award ($5,815) or a post-service stipend ($1,500).

The four Education VISTAs will divide up several key tasks:

  1. Develop marketing and fundraising materials for a Title I elementary school.
  2. Recruit mentors and tutors for Title I elementary school students.
  3. Engage community leaders to increase pride in a Title I elementary school.
  4. Oversee the development of after-school programs for elementary and middle school students.
  5. Create a team of 30 HPU students who will mentor and advise high school students who would be the first in their families to go to college.
  6. Increase the engagement of HPU students in the local community.

Food Security VISTAs will divide up several key tasks:

  1. Promote and develop community gardens throughout High Point.
  2. Expand the farmers market options in the city.
  3. Ensure the 14 brand new permanent farmers market stands in downtown High Point are well used.
  4. Develop a co-op or other avenue to increase healthy food in one of High Point’s food deserts.
  5. Improve food education in High Point by marketing healthy food options, developing nutrition and cooking classes, and aiding neighborhoods in promoting healthier food options for their residents.
  6. Expand HPU’s food recovery efforts.
  7. Increase the engagement of HPU students in the local community.

This project will offer VISTAs the chance to start something new. They will get to envision a project from the ground up, build community ownership, engage volunteers, and see their idea into reality. After finishing the project year, VISTAs will be well-prepared for the job market or graduate school. They will have clear “wins,” tangible examples of their leadership, and strong references who are ready to speak to the impact they have made. This project is perfect for someone wanting to get involved in education, a health profession, community development, non-profit management, public administration, politics, or communications.

This project will run from July 31, 2017-August 3, 2018.

For more information, contact Dr. Joe Blosser at jblosser@highpoint.edu.

Applications due by May 15th, 2017.

After clicking the “Apply Now” link, select AmeriCorps VISTA from the first drop-down menu, then select North Carolina from the second drop-down menu, then click search. You should look for the “Educating High Point” or “Food Secure High Point” listings.

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