The VISTA Leaders program is open to members who have served at least one year as a VISTA. Leaders work to expand and build capacity of individual VISTA members, guiding at least six VISTAs through their year of service.
Leaders have demonstrated leadership qualities and skills during their service and are prepared to accept a new level of responsibility.
To become a VISTA Leader on your current project, talk to your supervisor to see if it's an option once you complete your first year of service. To find a new project, apply through My AmeriCorps.
As a VISTA Leader, you gain experience as a facilitator and educator, recruiter, resource generator, mentor, liaison, and ambassador, and you are offered additional training and development opportunities.
VISTA Leader Orientation:
This self-directed virtual orientation explores the VISTA leader role and offers recommendations on effective communication with your VISTA team.
VISTA Leader Webinar Series:
Monthly webinars provide practical information and relevant insights intended to enhance your personal and professional development as a VISTA Leader. The 90-minute sessions cover a wide range of topics, provide you with information you can immediately apply, and serve as an opportunity to network with other Leaders.
Action Learning Challenge:
The Action Learning Challenge is an opportunity to practice leadership skills in a real-world project, while enhancing your experience and leaving a legacy for future VISTAs and Leaders.
You are required to make a four to six month commitment in order to participate in the project from start to finish. If you are interested in participating, you must have attended Leader Orientation. Each Action Learning Challenge team is supported by a professional Action Learning coach who provides ongoing support and guidance.
Virtual Professional Development Coaching
VISTA Leader coaching is specifically focused on supporting you in transferring, applying, and implementing the knowledge and skills you learn in Leader Orientation, webinars, and the Action Learning Challenge.
Coaching is available on a short-term, limited basis to meet your specific need. This one-on-one coaching is conducted by phone, email, and webinar. If you are interested in receiving coaching services, you may contact any of the Leader facilitators.