Mission Possible

Learn the history and mission of VISTA’s anti-poverty work.  Click the "Introduction" link to begin the course.


Photo of VISTAs in the 1960sCongratulations for choosing to become a VISTA. You are joining a 40-year legacy of anti-poverty efforts. In this activity you will learn more about that history and the mission of VISTA.


The VISTA Mission

Principles of the VISTA Mission

VISTA's mission embraces three key principles. Click each principle to learn more.


History of VISTA

VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) has been in the forefront of helping communities across America to fight poverty for more than 40 years.

Click each date in the timeline to learn more.

VISTA is as strong and vital today as it has ever been, with more than 6,000 opportunities to serve each year.

Download the VISTA Fact Sheet PDF to read more about the impact current volunteers are making in low-income communities across America.

Knowledge Check: VISTA Principles

Drag each term to its correct definition. When you are done, click Submit to see how you did.

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Recognizing VISTA Principles

Read about each program and decide whether it is eligible for a VISTA project by clicking Yes or No.



Congratulations! You have finished this tutorial.

As you have seen, for over 40 years, VISTAs like you have devoted a year of their lives to challenge poverty’s root causes. As a new VISTA member, you are joining a group of more than 177,000 ordinary people who have met extraordinary challenges. To read more about the legacy of VISTAs, download the "VISTA... in Service to America" book.

This year, you will mobilize community volunteers and local resources. You will increase the capacity of people to rely on themselves. Through your efforts, individuals and communities will gain the knowledge and tools they need to finally get on the other side of poverty. Welcome, thank you, and good luck!