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  • 1. How to Apply AmeriCorps VISTA Created by: Angela Soto (2009)
  • 2. What is AmeriCorps VISTA? Your world, your chance to make it better.
  • 3.
    • As an AmeriCorps*VISTA you'll act on your passion to help eliminate poverty.
    • You'll be the organizer, the builder, and the social entrepreneur whose job it is to tap the potential of a community.
    The Possibilities are Endless..
  • 4. Reaching Your Potential
    • You may start a new program or take over from an outgoing AmeriCorps*VISTA member.
    • You will strengthen your skills in management, fundraising, training, and communication.
    • You'll expand your interpersonal and leadership skills as you work with people from all walks of life. Also, you'll feel personally satisfied when you realize the difference you've made.
  • 5. Who Is Eligible to Participate?
    • To qualify, you must be at least 18+ years old.
    • Most programs seek members with college degrees or at least three years of work experience.
    • You should have good interpersonal skills and understand that achieving measurable results takes time. 
  • 6. What Are the Benefits of Service?
    • As an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, you'll receive a modest living allowance.
    • You'll receive health insurance, training and travel expenses, and be able to delay paying back your student loans while you serve.
    • When you complete a year of service, you'll receive an education award of $5,550
    • This award can be used to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans. Or, you may choose to receive a stipend of $1,500 instead of the education award. 
  • 7. What is the Term of Service?
    • As an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, you will serve full-time for at least one year.
    • Participants serve on average about 35-40 hours per week.
  • 8. It’s Easy to Register!
    • New Applicants may only apply online via the AmeriCorps website:
    • http://www.americorps.gov /
    • Click on the link entitled “Join AmeriCorps”
    • Then select your project of interest and the state in which you choose to serve in.
    • Next, you click on the apply link and you will be asked to “Create a Profile”.
  • 9. Creating a Profile
    • You will be asked to provide your personal identifying information including your name, Social Security Number ( SSN), date of birth, and e-mail.
    • This information is necessary in order to enable the system to locate your application.
    • You will then need to create a user name and password.
  • 10. Components of Application
    • Each portion of the application is indexed by tabs which pertain to the info you must provide.
    • The application is categorized by basic information, educational background, experience and skills, community service, a motivational statement, criminal history, and references.
    • Within each tab you will answer a brief questionnaire on its corresponding topic.
  • 11. Key Application Pointers
    • Take your time and save your application often.
    • Get a second opinion of your resume before submittal, preferably by a professional.
    • Write down any skills or important information that you left out.
    • Only apply to projects that you will commit to.
    • Try to use references that are either academic or work related.
  • 12. What If You Forget Your Password?
    • You would then click on the link entitled “Forgot your password?” (Or if you forgot your user name you would click on its corresponding link)
    • In this case you would need your email and user name in order to retrieve your password.
  • 13. Saving Your Application
    • You can save your application so that you may complete it at your convenience at a later time.
    • You must also have an updated resume available so that the information on your application is up to date.
    • You must have the emails of your references ready so that you may send reference requests through the system and complete your application.
  • 14. Important Resume Tips
    • Utilize local resources in your community to assist you in creating your resume such as workshops, college resource centers, internet or career development centers.
    • Make sure you list at least the previous five years of work experience on your resume as well as your education and volunteer work.
  • 15. How to Search Projects
    • 1.Click on search listing on left side of screen.
    • 2. Select Program type then choose: VISTA
    • 3.Then choose the state and program name.
    • For example: New England Farm Workers.
    • 4. Click on the title of the agency that is in blue and it will redirect you..
    • 5.Click on “Click to apply” and then select “Submit”.
  • 16. Submit Your Application
    • Congratulations, you are done!
    • You may now apply to different projects until your application is chosen by an agency and you start your service, so choose wisely!
  • 17. References
    • AmeriCorps (2009) retrieved July 29, 2009 http://www.americorps.gov/
  • 18. Any Questions?
  • 19. Contact Info
    • Jessica Quintana
    • Lead VISTA
    • Recruitment Specialist
    • (413)536-5403 x 223
    • [email_address]

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