The VISTA Assignment

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The VISTA Assignment Description, or VAD, is the foundation on which the entire VISTA member experience is built, from recruitment to the end of service. Using VADs to manage, support, and evaluate VISTA members is a key responsibility of VISTA supervisors. Visit this page early and often to learn and review how to write, implement, adapt, and use VADs.

VISTA Assignment Description: Training Manual for VISTA Sponsors

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Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to create, edit, save, and archive VADs using the My AmeriCorps Portal section of eGrants.
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Creating Effective VADs

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Sharpen your ability to create and refine a VISTA Assignment Description (VAD) by completing this course. Covering the elements of a good VAD, this tutorial can be used as a job aid reference resource.
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VAD Informs Graphic

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Visualize the different ways each VISTA's VAD aligns with your recruitment tasks and key supervisory responsibilities.
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Sample VAD

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Use these sample VADs to help you write your own.
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Blank VAD Template

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Use this template when you are drafting or revising VADs. You can later copy and paste your VAD text into eGrants.
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Adapting VADs

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Use this resource to make changes to a member's assignment description when a VISTA's skills exceed expectations or other circumstances arise.
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Using VADs throughout Your Project

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Use this worksheet to plan out and document how the VAD will inform your key supervisory duties throughout the project lifecycle.
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