VISTA Sponsor Orientation Materials
VISTA Sponsor Orientation is a first glimpse of the information and resources needed to carry out your new role as VISTA Project Director.
If you are enrolled in a VISTA Sponsor Orientation (VSO), the VSO includes a live webinar as well as additional self-directed training and resources to be accessed before and after the webinar as your learning path continues. If you would like to enroll, please contact your project director or CNCS State Office.
Please review each section below. The Orientation Checklist section will guide you through completion of critical orientation components.
Gain a solid understanding of AmeriCorps VISTA programming and philosophy by exploring the resources and links here that highlight the core concepts, competencies, activities, and responsibilities of VISTA Sponsors. While this orientation is geared for the VISTA Sponsor, it is also very beneficial for anyone from your organization working with the VISTA Project. Below is a brief overview of the different roles within a VISTA Project to help you identify where you fit into the project:
- VISTA Project—Project or VISTA project means a set of VISTA activities operated and overseen by a sponsor.
- Project Sponsor—Sponsor, VISTA sponsor, or VISTA project sponsor, means a public agency or private non-profit organization that receives assistance and is responsible for operating and overseeing a VISTA project. A public agency may be a federal, state, local or tribal government.
- Project Director—Project director or VISTA project director means a staff person, of legal age, of the sponsor, who has been assigned by the sponsor the overall responsibility for the management of the VISTA project. PDs are still responsible for executing all aspects of the project as outlined by the sponsor.
- Member Supervisor—an individual who directly supervises a VISTA member. This can be at the project level or at a site/subrecipient level. Project sponsors are responsible for ensuring all member supervisors are trained. It’s important to note that some project directors are also member supervisors.