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Overview of the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates Program

AmeriCorps VISTA operates a short-term program during the summer months, known as Summer Associates.  This program enhances an existing AmeriCorps VISTA project by providing individuals for 8 to 10 weeks, alongside year-round VISTA members, in an intensive level of summer service.


As a Summer Associate, your contributions will have an actual and credible impact on those being served.  Your work may involve: working on Summer Meals Programs insuring low-income children eat during the Summer months; developing a curriculum of enrichment activities for youth participating in Summer Meals Programs; recruiting and training volunteers to work on SNAP (food stamp) assistance; increasing access to nutritious food for low-income individuals and families through community outreach and collaborating with other agencies to host USDA outreach; and working with farmers’ markets and community gardens in building their capacity.

Start Dates

  • May 29th – August 6th  (10 Week Program)
  • June 11th – August 6th (8 Week Program)

General Eligibility

  • Summer Associates must be at least 18 years of age at the time of placement
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident
  • Able to commit and serve on a full-time basis for 8 – 10 weeks
  • Not listed on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry

Benefits and Support

Associates are eligible to receive:

  • A $1,174.60 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a $125/mo summer end-of service stipend
  • On-site orientation and training
  • A living allowance to cover necessities during service
  • Involvement in the AmeriCorps VISTA Alumni Network and eCommunity

To apply, first create a profile and application at http://my.americorps.gov then apply to the “Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps Summer Associate” listing.

To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate Program and other AmeriCorps opportunities, visit www.americorps.gov or call (800) 942-2677.


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