Leadership

  • Job posting

    Read Charlotte is a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve children’s literacy from birth to third grade. Housed under the Foundation For The Carolinas, Read Charlotte integrates, coordinates and aligns people, resources and data to support proven practices and programs to reach our goal of doubling the percentage of third grade students reading at grade level in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) from 39% in 2015 to 80% by 2025.

    Location

    220 N. Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Alumni story

    After learning about AmeriCorps in 2011 and completing two terms of service through State/National, I had the opportunity to become a Summer VISTA through Florida State University's Youth Programs at the Center for Leadership and Social Change. My Summer VISTA experience included coordinating speakers and community outreach presentations for a neighborhood summer youth program. The skills, knowledge and hindsight that I learned as a team member has been very influential in how I communicate with others on a professional and personal basis. An unforgettable highlight was when I was invited to attend the White House briefing for AmeriCorps Alums at the close of my Summer VISTA term. I highly recommend to individuals who are seeking to learn more about Americorps and/or able to only fulfill a short service term to apply for a nearby Summer VISTA position!

    Decade: 2010s
  • Job posting

    David Weekley Homes is seeking a Business Systems Analyst to join our team at our Houston home office. 

    We are looking for experienced analysts who want to share their knowledge and learn new skills in a fun, intense and challenging environment.  While experience is appreciated, the ability to learn and apply new methodologies is equally important if not more so.

    Location

    Houston, TX 77055
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting

    Are you up for the challenge of making a difference?

    Foreign Links Around the Globe (FLAG) is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, international student exchange organization. The FLAG team’s mission is providing high-quality international exchange experiences that transform the lives of high school students, American families, and communities. FLAG is seeking enthusiastic, persistent individuals to serve as Local Coordinators.

    Responsibilities include:

    Location

    Portage, MI 49002
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Alumni story

    The Hokie Pokie says, "Your put your whole self in, you put your whole self out, you put your whole self in and you shake it all about...you do the hokie pokie and you turn yourself around, that's what it's all about!"  That is the VISTA Program.  You commit to a year of putting yourself in a community.  While you are there, you shake off your pre-conceptions, your judgements, and you share your knowledge, skills, and expertise with the community, serving with (not for) them.  At the end of your VISTA year, you leave behind valuable resources, information, tools, transitional materials, and you put yourself out of the community in terms of having left a legacy for them to build upon and grow.  As you leave, you know that you did your part to helping the community turn itself around.  And, "that's what it's all about!"

    Though I served not far from where I went to college, I did not know much about my community except for its afluence.  I decided to live two miles from my service site so I could be in the community.  Though I had a car, I decided it was more cost-effective, healthy, and fun to walk or ride my bike to service.  I am a people-person adn spent time getting to know other people at my service site, along with integrating myself into the community as my VAD talked about improving existing and expanding to new partnerships within the community.

    My first two months were rough, because I have always been a direct service person, and VISTAs do not do direct service but rather capacity-building.  How was I to succeed and finish out a position that I barely made it through two months doing things I did not want to do?  I will tell you how.  Thinking that the problem with the entire situation was not the VISTA Program.  The problem was not my service site.  Nor was it my supervisor.  The issue was not my VAD.  It was me.  When problems exist, first ask yourself, did I do something wrong or is there something I could have done differently?  If so, how could I have fixed it and how can I fix it?  Simple...make action steps and accomplish them.  I had to talk to my supervisor to tell her about my challenges.  That made all of the difference.  She understood and we were able to work together such that my year was extremely successful and meaningful and one of the greatest experiences I have had.

    At the time of my challenges, I used the phrase, "I'd better shape up or ship out" and I knew that for me, shipping out was not an option.  I committed to a year of service and the service site was expecting that as well.  I would do whatever I could to make sure to improve upon my situation and did.  It is common for people to have challenges, difficulties, and periods of disappointment.  But what is important is how you evaluate those times and what you do about them.  Take the time to really reflect on what happened, and spend time working to make a difference!

    VISTA service is amazing, and you are amazing as a VISTA!

    Decade: 2000s
  • Job posting

    The position of AmeriCorps VISTA Leader offers many opportunities to VISTA alumni who are looking for a new challenge. Kansas has three VISTA Leader positions open to applicants in summer 2015.

    Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kansas

    VISTA Project Description: Benefit over 300 low-income, minority students and their families served through the College, Catholic Charities, Bethel Neighborhood Center, El Centro, Inc., and the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools.

    Leader Service Dates: 7/24/2015 - 7/23/2016

    Location

    Kansas City, Wichita, KS 0000
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting

    Turn the Page, Kansas City, MO

    The position of AmeriCorps VISTA Leader offers many opportunities to VISTA alumni who are looking for a new challenge. Missouri has one VISTA Leader position open to applicants in summer 2015.

    VISTA Project Description: Turn the Page KC mobilizes the Kansas City community to help increase the number of students that can read at grade level by 3rd grade.

    Leader Service Dates: negotiable

    Location

    Kansas City, MO 00000
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
  • Job posting

    Summary:

    Welcoming America is a national nonprofit that seeks to foster welcoming communities across the country for immigrants and all residents. We lead a national movement toward more inclusive and prosperous communities, and provide a robust line of tools and services to empower local nonprofits and municipalities to drive local initiatives.

    Location

    250 E Ponce de Leon Ave Suite 320
    Decatur, GA 30030
    United States
    Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):
    No
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    Play this game with your group to develop a shared understanding of capacity building and the shapes it takes.

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  • Alumni story
    Tyler Wright 2013 2014 Washington, D.C. Leadership, Veterans / Military Families, Education

    We were on our way back home after delivering our first child.  Two-day-old Dyani silently slept in the car seat that we had checked, double-checked, and triple-checked only weeks before.  Pink Floyd’s lesser-known album Obscured by Clouds was the perfect soundtrack for that pivotal moment in time while snow softly drifted into our field of vision, and I was in a state of bliss despite having not slept in three days.

    I was fifteen days out of the United States Navy when faced with both the immediate transition into fatherhood as well as a new mission: AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA).  In a fit of irony and miraculous timing, I realized that I was scheduled to fly a few hours after we were released from the hospital for my AmeriCorps VISTA Pre-Service Orientation held in Dallas.  I offered to stay behind with my wife and reschedule PSO, however she insisted that I fulfill my obligation—so out the door I ran and made the flight just minutes before take-off!  You simply cannot make this up.

    It was the second time in my life that I had raised my right hand and recited the Oath of Service.  My first encounter with the life-changing privilege to do so was as a tired and optimistic Navy recruit, and the second time I was a tired five-year Navy veteran.  I would fulfill my year of national service lending expertise to the Washington, D.C. non-profit organization Student Veterans of America (SVA), founded in 2008.

    In the Navy I quickly fulfilled a de facto role of mentor to numerous servicemembers as I managed to complete one bachelor’s degree, one master’s degree, and numerous certifications all within my five-year contract.  I did the seemingly impossible.  Many enlisted folks who had followed my lead had also attained their academic and professional goals once thought to be out of reach, and all during their free time.  That warm feeling in my heart when I helped push a colleague closer to the finish line is something that I wanted to replicate in the civilian world.

    2013-2014 was the year in which I unpacked my experiences in the military and higher education and translated them into the resources needed to assist thousands of student veterans—the real numbers of which I can only speculate.  I equipped the leadership of student veteran chapters with opportunities to further develop their presence and influence on campus.  In addition to helping realize an ever-expanding student veteran organization network, I was also there to assist veterans one-on-one in all aspects of higher education.  I communicated scholarships, chapter grant programs, internships, certifications, free laptops, and numerous professional development events.  I consulted with veterans and their families after hours to alleviate their growing college debt concerns and offered solutions.  I gave speeches at a number of locations in Washington D.C. to spread the word of SVA and our growing membership.

    I operate within a reality which rejects “I don’t know.”  As a VISTA, I always found an answer and scarcely left doors shut.  This willingness to get uncomfortable from time to time often resulted in numerous high-profile conversations and meaningful gains for the organization and my own professional growth.  In the Navy they used to say “The Navy is what you make of it.”  The same holds true for AmeriCorps VISTA.

    I helped blow out my daughter’s one-year candle, and in doing so I also acknowledged the closure of my AmeriCorps VISTA year and transition into full-time employment with SVA as Senior Regional Outreach Director.  I now know that the pathway I took after the military was the best one that I could have ever made, despite the occasional bad day.  I am eternally proud to be admitted within the ranks of a small class of national service alumni (Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Teach for America, etc.) who also share military experience as a common unifier!  I am obligated to speak on the Veteran-to-AmeriCorps angle into the future with the hopes that we may expand our unique philanthropic demographic for the benefit of future generations.  If you’re just getting out of the military, AmeriCorps could very well be the answer to continuing national service.

    In my twilight years, I hope to also add Peace Corps to my lifelong service background.  Funny enough, Peace Corps has been my dream since the age of eight, and yet I cannot in my right mind complain about the detour!

    Decade: 2010s

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