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 Impact Evaluation VISTA
- Breakthrough Providence VISTA
- Brown University RIFLI Literacy Volunteer VISTA
- House of Hope Youth Program VISTA
- Inspiring Minds Partnership and Outreach VISTA
- Inspiring Minds Volunteer Engagement VISTA
- Providence After School Alliance VISTA
- Social Enterprise Greenhouse Program Development VISTA (Spanish)
- Social Enterprise Greenhouse Communications and Outreach VISTA
- Swearer Center Communications VISTA
- Swearer Center Community Partnership VISTA
- Youth in Action Project Coordinator VISTA
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:
- Online professional development tools through AmeriCorps.
- Professional development training from site placement organizations and financial support for some personal training opportunities.
- Brown University’s resources such as on-campus libraries, lectures, workshops, newsletters.
- Monthly professional development sessions through the Swearer Center and opportunities to build community with other Rhode Island-based VISTA fellows.
In addition, benefits available to all AmeriCorps VISTA fellows include, but are not limited to:
- Biweekly Living Allowance
- End-of-Service Award (education award or end-of-service award)
- Healthcare Benefit
- Childcare (if eligible)
- Relocation allowance (if eligible)
- 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 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 is preferred.