This VISTA Fellowship provides high-impact professional development and training for our VISTA fellows. Training addresses skills required to carry out the assigned VISTA role, as well as skill-building that will be valuable to the VISTA fellow in their future professional pursuits. The fellowship is a cohort-based experience that creates the opportunity to learn from your peers in the fellowship as much as you will learn from your service and from Brown and the Swearer Center.
VISTA fellows are matched with a local organization, state agency, or Swearer Center team to provide capacity-building support for anti-poverty initiatives. Agencies work in the education, health, arts and/or economic justice sector. Examples of current VISTA fellowship sites include:
- Beat the Streets Providence
- Breakthrough Providence
- House of Hope
- Inspiring Minds
- Providence After School Alliance
- Providence Public Library
- Social Enterprise Greenhouse
- Swearer Center - Communications
- Swearer Center - Community Partnership
- Youth in Action
Trainings will include role-specific support in data analysis, community organizing and relationship building. Professional development workshops will also support VISTA fellows in advancing their careers. The fellowship is team-focused and provides a variety of resources to help you make the most of your service year experience.
Rhode Island, despite being the smallest state, has the highest concentration of non-profits in the New England area. Providence, being the capital, contains a rich diversity of community work and action. With the support of AmeriCorps, Brown University, site placement organizations and the Swearer Center combined, fellows will have access to a unique array of development opportunities and resources that include:
- Conferences and online professional development tools through AmeriCorps.
- Professional development trainings from site placement organizations and covered expenses for personal training opportunities.
- Brown University’s resources such as on-campus libraries, lectures, workshops, newsletters, online academic and professional learning resources, and research opportunities.
- Intensive monthly professional development sessions through the Swearer Center and opportunities to build community with other Providence VISTA fellows.
In addition, benefits available to all AmeriCorps VISTA fellows include, but are not limited to:
- Biweekly Living Allowance
- End-of-Service Award
- Healthcare Benefit
- Childcare (if eligible)
- Travel allowance
- Reduction of Education Costs
- Professional Development
- Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE) Status
For more information, please visit the benefits of service web page.
Eligible candidates for the Brown University AmeriCorps VISTA Fellowship will be:
- A U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
- At least 18 years old.
- A high school school graduate (diploma or GED).
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills.
- Responsible and reliable.
- Able to work in a dynamic environment.
- Experience with volunteer work preferred.