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    • How to Apply AmeriCorps VISTA Created by: Angela Soto (2009)
    • What is AmeriCorps VISTA? Your world, your chance to make it better.
      • 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..
    • 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.
    • 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • 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”.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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”.
    • 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!
    • References
      • AmeriCorps (2009) retrieved July 29, 2009 http://www.americorps.gov/
    • Any Questions?
    • Contact Info
      • Jessica Quintana
      • Lead VISTA
      • Recruitment Specialist
      • (413)536-5403 x 223
      • [email_address]