Online Courses

Learn more, serve better

AmeriCorps VISTA offers online courses designed specifically for VISTAs in service. VISTAs who successfully complete the Volunteer Mobilization or Resource Development: Fundraising and Grant Writing courses can gain access to academic credit recommendations. In addition, we now offer a third course on Poverty In Your Community. (Please note that college credit recommendations are not currently available for the Poverty In Your Community course.) Courses are open to currently serving VISTAs.

In these courses, you'll complete weekly readings and practical assignments that will inform the work you do and can be applied at your site. You'll have a chance to connect with other VISTAs in the course and a facilitator who can help answer questions, give feedback, and offer help. 

What You'll Take Away

  • Knowledge and skills that can help you serve more effectively
  • Marketable job skills for positions beyond your service year
  • Three transferable college credit recommendations  for passing the course (Note: credit recommendations are available for Volunteer Mobilization and Resource Development only)

Volunteer Mobilization

Community gardenDevelop new strategies and tools for recruiting, screening, and training volunteers to help build a robust volunteer program at your site. For those developing a program from scratch or working with volunteers for the first time, this course is for you.

YOU'LL LEARN TO…

  • Design volunteer position descriptions
  • Develop effective volunteer recruitment strategies
  • Conduct volunteer interviews
  • Develop volunteer screening practices
  • Create engaging and useful volunteer orientations and trainings

Read the syllabus to learn more about the commitment you’ll be making as you apply for the Volunteer Mobilization course.

Resource Development: Fundraising and Grant Writing

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Gain the know-how and practical skills to support fundraising, event planning and grant writing and strengthen your site's ability to raise money. Students who take this course will have a free one-month subscription to a national grants database as part of the course.

YOU'LL LEARN TO…

  • Raise funds and write grants ethically
  • Identify and communicate with donors
  • Plan and develop fundraising events
  • Research and write letters of inquiry for grants

Read the syllabus to learn more about the commitment you’ll be making as you apply for the Resource Development course.

Poverty In Your Community

Poverty in your community online courseDeepen your understanding of poverty in the community in which you serve. Consider how the experiences of community members are impacted by intersections of race, gender, and other factors. Practice using data mapping tools to look at data trends in your community as well as interviewing and listening to different community voices. 

YOU'LL LEARN TO:

  • Consider common narratives and misconceptions about poverty 
  • Identify factors shaping current experiences of poverty in your community
  • Collect and interpret quantitative and qualitative data to create a more comprehensive profile of the community in which you serve
  • Apply what you learn about poverty in your community when engaging with community members and carrying out VAD activities

Read the syllabus to learn more about the commitment you’ll be making as you apply for the Poverty In Your Community course.

Please note that college credit recommendations are not currently available for the Poverty In Your Community course.