AMERICORPS VISTAS

RECRUITING NOW FOR 2018 SUMMER ASSOCIATE VISTA POSITIONS

The Santa Fe AmeriCorps VISTA project supporting the Collective Action Plans of the Mayor’s Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet and the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration is looking for new AmeriCorps VISTA members in 2018! AmeriCorps VISTA is open to all U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent resident aliens age 18 and older. Members and Summer Associates receive a modest living allowance. Members who serve for a year of service can choose to receive a  Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend. Summer Associates serve for 10 weeks during which they receive a living allowance and are eligible to receive an Education Award or a small cash stipend at the end of their service.

For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista.

For a More Information and a Tutorial on how to apply,  click here.

See the detailed job description on the AmeriCorps website where you can submit your application beginning in early 2018: Summer Associate Listing

To Apply, Create a Profile on my.americorps.gov and search for Opportunity Santa Fe Summer Associate. ​For questions, contact info@opportunitysantafe.org.

AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Positions: Frequently Asked Questions

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?                                                                      

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service organization that individuals can volunteer with all across the country. In Santa Fe, Opportunity anta Fe is one of the host organizations of AmeriCorps VISTA members. VISTAs typically provide indirect service (program support).

What is a Summer Associate?

Summer Associates are VISTA members who serve for ten weeks over the summer. They can do direct service like working with kids at a summer program. (End of May to the beginning of August)

Am I a volunteer or is this a paid job?

Both! AmeriCorps VISTA members are considered volunteers. However, they do receive a living allowance, a modest amount meant to cover basic living expenses during their term of service.

Are there other benefits for being a VISTA?

In addition to the living allowance received biweekly, VISTAs are eligible for an Education Award or a small Cash Stipend at the end of their ten weeks of service. The Education Award can be used to pay for college tuition, classes, and can be used to pay back student loans.

Summer Associates are not eligible for vacation days or sick days because the position term is so short. They must be able to work the full ten weeks.

What are the available positions?

  1. Community Educators Network: Support a summer program with the Community Educators Network and the City Santa Fe Summer Recreation Program. Each CEN organization will provide one week of programming and a field trip. Assist the educator with program implementation and the field trips for 3rd and 4th grade students.
  2. TechHire Santa Fe: Support educational programs, workshops, and camps including Summer of Tech, Family Tech Nights, CS Professional Development, Tech and Coding Training, CS Education Week, Social Media and Media Mavericks, Career Profiles, Video/Radio/and Websites Development Workshops.
  3. Summer Literacy Associate: Assist with the LunchBox Express programming by providing literacy activities for students at the sites. Assist with other summer literacy programming in Santa Fe.
  4. Earth Care Grant Writer: Identify, research, and write grants and work closely with the Earth Care Co-Directors.
  5. Earth Care Community  Engagement Coordinator: Develop and implement a program plan to start a small business resource center. Deepen current Abriendo Puertos (parent leadership) curriculum.
  6. Earth Care Sustainability Educator: Plan and teach garden and environmental service-learning classes by implementing Earth Care’s sustainability education curriculum. 
  7. Earth Care Garden Coordinator: Work to support a beautiful garden that the entire community can enjoy, designed and built to meet their needs.

To Apply: Create a profile on my.americorps.gov and search for Opportunity Santa Fe Summer Associate

WELCOME TO AMERICORPS VISTA

Dana

WELCOME, DANA GREENBLATT! Our newest AmeriCorps VISTA is Dana Greenblatt, working on Out-of-School Time projects. Read her bio, and more about the entire VISTA team below.  


SANTA FE COLLECTIVE IMPACT AMERICORPS VISTA PROJECT

This VISTA project supports Santa Fe collective impact efforts to improve the birth to career outcomes of children, youth, and young adults up to age 24 in Santa Fe to achieve the Opportunity Santa Fe Aspirational Goals with particular focus on low-income and at-risk target populations.

These VISTA members work closely with community leaders and partners to develop and implement collaborative community outreach strategies, improve resource coordination, and engage youth and adults in the community, as well as seek grants and research best practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success of the collective impact efforts. 

MEET OUR VISTAS

Watch the short video of AmeriCorps VISTAs working on Santa Fe Collective Action Plans.



OUR VISTAS


Current:

Molly Timmins has returned for a second year as the AmeriCorps VISTA Leader after focusing on mentoring and tutoring for a year. In that role she built and maintained a website for the collaborative, coordinated a National Mentoring Month Campaign, and set up trainings for partner organizations’ staff and volunteers. Prior to coming to Santa Fe, Molly graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology. During her time at UMD Molly was a Resident Assistant, Executive Vice President of Circle K International, and served in internships with numerous nonprofits and the DC Public School System. She is excited to take on this new role as a VISTA Leader and work more with the overall Birth to Career initiative. In Santa Fe, Molly is a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region lunch buddy program, is a member of Kiwanis and loves to explore and go hiking!

Jennifer Barreto is the K-12 Academic Support Coordinator. Born in Greeley, Colorado Jennifer has lived in Albuquerque for 13 years. Previously she held positions as Healthy Cooking Teaching Assistant and Educational Caregiver at Children’s Choice, and Communication and Marketing Assistant at local nonprofit LINQ Event Security. Through collaboration with the VISTA program, she aspires to build valuable connections within academia to augment her capacities for outreach, and become a qualified activist in promoting educational enjoyment and achievement. She studies Mass Communications and Photojournalism at the University of New Mexico, and in her free time she enjoys crafting, running, cooking, and photography.

Sarah Raine Cheney will be focusing on Mentoring and Tutoring. Sarah was born in Roswell, NM, and lived in Ruidoso, NM, for many years before settling in Santa Fe. While she studied Graphic Design at Santa Fe Community College, she worked as a nanny for multiple Santa Fe families, a job that eventually led to her working as a Respite Provider for Las Cumbres Community Services. Sarah also volunteers at the support center for Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, tackling projects as they come. In her spare time, Sarah feeds into her love of nail art, plays with her miniature poodle Shaggy, and studies Japanese in prep for later visits to the country. Sarah ultimately hopes that her work here in Santa Fe will eventually reach back to her home communities, enriching the lives of children.

Dana Greenblatt will be working with the Community Educators Network within the B2C project. Originally from Oregon, she attended school at the University of Oregon and completed a B.A. in Public Policy, City Planning and Management with a minor in Environmental Studies. Dana’s academic work focused on creative methods for citizen participation and inclusion of citizen input in decision making processes and wrote her undergraduate thesis on citizen access to complex environmental decision making. In addition, Dana worked on several environmental campaigns fighting various threats to Oregon’s wilderness. Dana moved to Santa Fe in the fall of 2017 and is enjoying her exploration of the magical Southwest and is excited to embark on her year of service supporting the B2C efforts. She enjoys outdoor activities, engaging in social and environmental issues, working on craft and arts projects as well as growing, cooking and eating delicious food.

Ellie Hoffman will be focusing on Prevention of Disconnected Youth. She has moved to Santa Fe from Missoula, Montana, where she completed a B.A. in Social Work and a Minor in Spanish. Ellie has worked with youth through several afterschool programs including the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. She also taught English to elementary students in Managua, Nicaragua while studying abroad. She has volunteered for numerous organizations in Missoula that address food security, refugee resettlement, homelessness, and youth development. She enjoys watching live music and exploring the outdoors through hiking, camping, and cross-country skiing. Ellie is excited to invest in the Santa Fe community through her work as a VISTA.

Louise Majorey will be working on the Career Pathways segment of the B2C project.  She has been a resident of Santa Fe for over 12 years,  having moved here from Virginia where she was teaching Fashion Merchandising and Design at Radford University.  Since moving to New Mexico she has been a Family and Consumer Science teacher in the Pojoaque Middle School and Los Alamos High School. She is looking forward to serving as a VISTA and the Santa Fe community in an education related project. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Emily McRae will be working on the Early Childhood segment of the B2C project. She is originally from Plant City Florida, but moved to Santa Fe last year after finishing her degree because she is taken by extreme environments, such as the desert and tundra. She has her BA in Geography, with a concentration in GIS mapping and statistical analysis, and a minor in Geology. Since moving to NM, she has delivered pizza and substituted for high school and elementary. She enjoys travel, hiking, and spending time with her cat friends, Meatwad and Lawrence. She hopes to someday spend time in Alaska, Iceland, and Antarctica to study and work on environmental preservation and animal welfare.

Read the City’s  announcement and Santa Fe New Mexican article here.