VISTA Program Areas

Economic Opportunity

VISTA working in office

VISTAs facilitate their community's access to knowledge concerning economic well being. They promote financial literacy, job skill training, and secure housing options. VISTAs may coordinate a small business training or develop a tax assistance program.

Microenterprise support revitalizes communities in Portland, Oregon.  See how VISTAs join this movement.

VISTAs across the country partner with community members to explore non-traditional career paths for women.


VISTA working with kids

Access to education and mentorship are crucial components of success. VISTAs working in this program area foster a love of learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. The work to increase literacy and empower learners of all ages. VISTAs may coordinate a mentoring program for girls, develop a GRE-preparedness class, or organize a summer program for youth.

VISTAs in Mississippi fulfill a forty-year educational promise for citizens living in poverty.

Two lifelong friends create a college guidance program for the youth in the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico.

Healthy Futures

VISTA and kids working in community gardenGood nutrition and access to healthcare keep communities happy and healthy. Many VISTAs participate in programs that develop sustainable well-being practices for communities and special populations. They may organize a wellness fair for seniors, find resources and volunteers to dig a community garden, or start a program to help adults navigate their healthcare options.

Two VISTAs in rural Oregon create social marketing projects on substance abuse, communicable disease, and family planning.

Interested in urban farming? VISTAs across the country are taking part.

Veterans and Military Families

VISTAs at Veteran Stand Down event

Military deployment has a wide-reaching effect on communities: spouses, children, and returning service members must find ways to adapt to their new realities. Many VISTAs - some of whom are former military members themselves - support veterans and military families through programming and outreach. VISTAs working in this area may organize outreach efforts to homeless veterans or start a program for children of currently-deployed service members.

An Army and National Guard veteran serves those also returning to civilian life.

VISTAs work to end homelessness among veterans.

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