Proyectos VISTA

AmeriCorp VISTA

AmeriCorps* VISTA Summer Associates

8 weeks this summer you'll never forget!

This summer, a team of VISTA Summer Associates sponsored by ETSU's Language and Culture Resource Center will be placed throughout our community to increase the capacity of our initiatives and programs to provide educational benefits to children and adults in the Hispanic community.

The LCRC Summer Associate Program

LCRC Summer Associates will help improve the lives of the local Hispanic community by increasing their access to postsecondary education through both its established programs and new initiatives. Associates also will conduct outreach activities in their local communities to recruit and supervise volunteers for these activities, and will assist people in participating in the center's mission to increase the awareness and understanding of diversity and to involve the university faculty and students in hands-on, community-based learning experiences.

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Summer Program Terms, Conditions and Benefits

AmeriCorps VISTA is NOT a regular job. AmeriCorps VISTAs are full-time volunteers who make a 24/7 commitment to serving the community.

VISTAs receive a modest living allowance of about $400 (before taxes) every two weeks.
After completing their term, VISTAs may choose ONE of two end-of-service awards:
$230 end-of-service monetary award, included in your last check at the end of your term.

-OR-

$1,174 education award that can be used for tuition, qualified student loans, or to pay for future school expenses (up to seven years after the term of service).
VISTAs are full-time, Monday – Friday, or Tuesday – Saturday. Specific hours are set by the LCRC
Members may not hold a paying job or earn additional income while serving as a VISTA.
The Summer Associate is permitted to take up to one education course with approval from the site supervisor.

Eligibility to Apply

Must be 18 years old.
Must be a US citizen, US national or lawful permanent resident.
Applicants are subject to a criminal history background check and drug screen.

About AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is the federal national service program designed to fight poverty by increasing the capacity of local nonprofit organizations in low-income urban and rural areas. VISTA Summer Associates make an eight week, full-time commitment to serve on the front lines of the fight against poverty in America.

About the LCRC

Because of the recent growth in the Hispanic population, we see the need to increase the awareness and understanding of diversity and to involve the university faculty and students in hands-on, community-based learning experiences. Our efforts bring together people from every age and background, to share our cultural strengths and our humanity as we work toward the acculturation of the local Hispanic communities

Questions?

Visit us on the web at http://www.etsu.edu/cas/lcrc/default.aspx

Document Link 


2012-2013

Kayla Pennington's VISTA projects –

GOAL Mentor Program – Launched new mentoring program, Greater Opportunities and Access for Latinos, in Science Hill High School and Unicoi High School. This program has the same goals as XCELL, which has continued to expand, but allows graduate assistants to meet one-on-one with Latino students, supplementing the services of the high school guidance departments.

Developed infrastructure to sustain and expand outreach programs targeting Latino students and family by: researching, developing, and submitting grant proposals; assessing ongoing needs and efficacy of programs; and recruiting, training, and managing volunteers and service-learning students; building community partnerships.


2011-2012

Calan Charlton's VISTA projects -

XCELL Mentor Program – Coordinating the third year of a program funded by a Tennessee Board of Regents Access and Diversity Grant. The program is an educational mentor program for English Language Learning and/or Hispanic students in area high schools. The program has expanded in scope and application under Emily Goepel and summer VISTAs to maintain sustainability.

Corazon Latino – Developing and assisting with the coordination of a Latino themed arts festival in downtown Johnson City.


2010-2011
Matthew Wampler's VISTA projects -

XCELL Mentor Program – Coordinating the second year of a program funded by a Tennessee Board of Regents Access and Diversity Grant.  The program is an educational mentor program for English Language Learning and/or Hispanic students in area high schools. The program has expanded in scope and application under Emily Goepel and summer VISTAs to maintain sustainability

ESL Expansion in Johnson City- Coordinating churches and community institutions to address the need for adult English education in the Johnson City / Tri-cities area.

Corazon Latino – Developing and assisting with the coordination of a Latino themed arts festival in downtown Johnson City.

Assisting in the Expansion and Coordination of ETSU Service-Learning – Collecting data for a variety of Service Learning programs at ETSU. Assuring the sustainability of the Language and Culture Resource Center as an integral part of the ETSU experience.   Expanding access to the XCELL program, Corazon Latino and other service learning options in the Department of Literature and Language. 



2009-2010
Emily Goepel's VISTA projects -

Reading is Fundamental - Coordinated the RIF Family Literacy event in October 2009 for Hispanic elementary school children and their families. The event, which took place at Cherokee Elementary School, offered parents strategies on increasing family literacy and becoming more involved in their children’s education. Over 150 free books were distributed to attendees.

Cultural Outreach: Education and Health - Coordinating a multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary summer course to be offered as a collegiate parallel the ETSU Migrant Education Program.

XCELL Mentor Program – Launching and coordinating the first year of a program funded by a Tennessee Board of Regents Access and Diversity Grant.   The program, which expands on the mission of Hispanic Student Day, is an educational mentor program for English Language Learning and/or Hispanic students in area high schools. This program is a collaborative effort between King College, Milligan College, Northeast State, and the community organization Puertas Abiertas a la Comunidad Hispana (Open Doors to the Hispanic Community).



2008-2009
Abby Johnson's VISTA projects -

Graduate Certificate Program in Translation and Interpretation - Researched and promoted the development of a program to train bilinguals in the methods and terminology of medical translation and interpreting.

Spanish Class at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church - Taught a second-semester beginning Spanish class to adult community members.

Spanish Tutoring - Taught Spanish to a mother and her four year-old son.


2008-2009
Whitney Ramey's VISTA projects -

Reading is Fundamental
- Coordinated RIF event in October 2008 for over 100 members of the local Hispanic communities.

Diversity in East Tennessee - Coordinated ETSU interdisciplinary summer course for the summer of 2009.

Website Development for LCRC - Helped LCRC student workers with the new LCRC website.

XCELL Mentor Program - Took the lead in writing the proposal for a 3-year collaborative TBR Access and Diversity grant, which was awarded to the LCRC in March 2009. The purpose of the program was to expand Hispanic Student Day to include a mentor program for area junior and senior English Language Learning and Hispanic students.