Open CCMA VISTA Positions

AmeriCorps VISTA service will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have! Life as an AmeriCorps VISTA is to serve your community, working to eliminate poverty and to develop initiatives that enable people to become self-sufficient and secure. While in service with our Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA program, you will receive ongoing professional leadership and community development training in addition to learning more about underserved populations in America. You will receive a bi-weekly living allowance during service and the choice between a cash award or an education award on completion of your term. Other benefits include reduced tuition at some universities and colleges for AmeriCorps VISTA alumni, and you can get a foot in the door to a government job with one year of non-competitive eligibility for employment in the federal government. Joining AmeriCorps VISTA is an opportunity of a lifetime and we’re here to help you every step of the way! AmeriCorps VISTA service will change your life. Follow the link below to go to position listings from CCMA and apply through the My AmeriCorps portal.

Open CCMA VISTA Positions 2022-2023

Baltimore City Community College

Project: The VISTA Success Coach Project provides success coaching for students who need extra support inside and outside of the classroom by connecting them with tutors or other beneficial resources on campus and by helping them maintain confidence and motivation. Intervention is provided at the earliest point of the participants academic career with BCCC, ensuring that students are provided with the tools, knowledge, and support necessary to be successful

Bowie State University

Project: The Bowie Bold: Feeding the Need Initiative plays a crucial role in educating the Bowie State University community about food insecurity and resources available for emergency intervention. The CCMA VISTA member coordinator will also utilize social media and other media sources to raise visibility of the Nutrition Lounge, a place where students can access free, healthy food while relaxing or studying.

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic

Project: This CCMA Collective Impact VISTA initiative will “complement and expand” current CCMA VISTA efforts in the communities we serve. Community partners have been engaged in the planning of all CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA proposals and are critical to the development of a sustained and supportive “collective impact” network. This Collective Impact VISTA member will offer support and additional resources that may be required through researching, applying to, and managing relevant grants; assisting in the development of policies and procedures to integrate sustainable grants processes; and providing support to coordinate effective assessment processes and the development of sustainable community networks.

Carroll Community College

Project: The Community Resource Liaison CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA project targets low-income students at Carroll Community College who are experiencing barriers to achieving their educational goals. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will help connect students in crisis with community resources by creating a clear process of intake, referral, follow up, and support. The member will also create proactive programming to connect students with resources prior to crisis points, as well as a website with community resources for students, faculty, and staff.

The Catholic University of America – Cardinal Cupboard

Project: The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will develop a comprehensive campus pantry program (Cardinal Cupboard) at The Catholic University of America that will provide nutritious and healthy food, resources, and referrals for additional resources to reduce the effects of food insecurity for at least 150 members of the campus community the first year of the grant and then expanding to 400 and becoming fully sustainable by the third year.

The Catholic University of America Center for Cultural Engagement – Pathways to College

Project: Pathways to College allows the Catholic University to become a resource for students in economically disadvantaged communities throughout the Washington D.C. area who are seeking access to higher education by providing them with current college student mentors, equipping them with information about the college admissions process, and building up their resiliency. Parents will gain a better understanding of the college admission process, and how to support their children throughout high school and college. The project will help the university improve the programs, resources, and support provided to first-generation college students and increase their retention and graduation.

The Civic Circle

Project: The Lift Every Voice project closes the equity gap in civic learning and engagement by providing low-income students of color in Eastern Montgomery County the opportunity to learn seven civic skills we call “steps to democracy” through civic songs and songwriting workshops. Civic learning correlates directly to improved academic achievement, fewer discipline incidents, college completion, and the development of skills that lead to employment.

Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) – Bridges to Success

Project: Bridges to Success is a partnership between Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), and Baltimore area businesses to address the needs of low-income students in navigating college curriculum and increase their chances of being prepared for the job market. This program will provide a hands-on system to ensure high school and college students are making informed decisions in their course selection and have maps to guide them from non-credit to credit courses.

Delaware State University

Project: The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will assist Delaware State University, in partnership with Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization (DEMCO), in delivering universal prevention interventions to youth between the ages of nine and twenty, within the Kent and Sussex communities. This CCMA VISTA project will deliver universal alcohol and drug use prevention interventions to youth between the ages of nine and twenty, within surrounding communities over the next three years. This will be accomplished through the development and coordination of prevention curriculum, community training and workshops, stakeholder engagement, and a resource and referral process.

Friendship Public Charter School

Project: The Friendship Alumni Affairs CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA project will provide program design, coordination, and support over three years for three key objectives: the development and implementation of the Class Connectors program; the design and launch of the Alumni Board and Alumni Association; and the growth of our Alumni Day/Week programming. The VISTA project will grow and strengthen the Friendship alumni community by increasing engagement and supports offered across the college and career spectrum for all alumni.

International Rescue Committee – Silver Spring & Baltimore

Project: the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTAs will build the capacity of the IRC in Baltimore (IRC-BAL) and the IRC in Silver Spring (IRC-SIL) to engage the community in a variety of poverty-reduction initiatives as well as to spread the word about the challenges, needs, and successes of humanitarian immigrants across Maryland.

International Rescue Committee’s Center for Economic Opportunity

Project: The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member serving as a Communications Coordinator will build capacity within the IRC to raise awareness of, and ultimately affect change in, the underlying systemic and structural issues that limit economic mobility for low-income, credit-thin immigrant households in Baltimore. IRC seeks to strengthen the IRC’s economic empowerment and resettlement programs for the benefit of refugees and other low to moderate income populations in the Baltimore metropolitan area across Central Maryland.

Johns Hopkins University

Project: The priority for City Schools/JHU Student Volunteer Mapping and Training is to ensure that Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Homewood programming, is coordinated to best support Baltimore City Schools and their students when JHU offices, programs or student organizations engage in tutoring or enrichment programming in-person or virtually. This VISTA role will support both Baltimore City Schools and the JHU Homewood in analyzing existing programming and associated trainings and work with Baltimore City Schools to build a training curriculum that could be replicated at other Baltimore City-based colleges and universities that also work with City Schools’ students.

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Project: MICA is committed to the development of partnerships, programs, and initiatives within Baltimore’s communities so that the College’s community can be critically engaged, empathetic participants in contemporary society. MICA’s mission includes an institutional commitment to “thrive with Baltimore” and to the importance of artists, designers, and educators as cultural innovators and agents of creative and progressive social change. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will strategically expand the impact of this commitment for and with Baltimore City residents, specifically its young artists.

Morgan State University

Project: The Inclusive Community Planning in Low Income Baltimore Neighborhoods project is a partnership of the Morgan State University School of Architecture + Planning (SA+P) and the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) focused on redressing the exclusion of low-income adults in Baltimore city’s low-income neighborhoods from community planning initiatives. The project’s key goals are to expand economic opportunity and support residential and neighborhood stability in Baltimore neighborhoods.

Montgomery College

Project: The VISTA Academic Coaching for Course and College Success Project will support Montgomery College’s Achieving the Promise Academy in providing holistic academic coaching to low-income, historically-marginalized, and under-presented students. This 3-year VISTA project aims to grow our capacity to serve more students by implementing specific capacity-building projects: self-paced training pathways for academic coaches, technology tools for improved student access to coaching sessions, and enhanced College and community partnerships to improve pathways into Academic Coaching for potential and current students.

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Project: The York Road Education and Service (YES) Program strives to improve academic outcomes and the holistic health of students from Govans Elementary and Tunbridge Pubic Charter Schools. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will serve as a key member of a YES Program implementation team, charged with maintaining and expanding existing academic tutoring and mentoring programs, exploring and researching health and wellness need, and identifying opportunities for future implementation in partner schools, with special focus on student and family health concerns identified by project partners.

Towson University

Project: The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Food Security Initiative at TU expands the campus food pantry (Food Share) along with additional programming and resources that are currently offered on Towson’s campus. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will develop a curriculum for a workshop series around financial and food security, including topics such as meal planning, cooking demonstrations, and budgeting. Additionally, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will work to build the capacity of the Food Share by creating and implementing a training curriculum for pantry volunteers.

Towson University Northeastern

Project: The Food Security Initiative will offer the Food Share, the new campus food pantry, to the campus of TUNE. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will be responsible for creating a framework for the project by utilizing data gathered from campus surveys and institutional data, develop a curriculum and co-facilitate education workshops around finances, food security, and sustainability, and host events like a farmers market or wellness fair. Each year, the VISTA will track and report on the impact of the Food Share Project while setting new goals to ensure the success of the project.

University of Baltimore

Project: The Bee Well Initiative will work to create resources and programming initiatives focusing on mental, physical and sexual wellness. Over a three-year period, a Peer Health Educators program, establishment of an Active Minds student organization, and development of educational resources will address this need. The CCMA AmeriCorps Vista will establish partnerships both within the University of Baltimore and the greater Baltimore City community to fuel this mission forward. Additionally, a campaign to end the stigma around mental health will be implemented. Through awareness, outreach, and advocacy, the CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA will aide in the overall wellness of the University of Baltimore community.

The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park – Terp Farm

Project: The UMD Terp Farm is a sustainable vegetable farm which serves as a living laboratory – a place of learning and teaching about agriculture, food, health, and the environment. Terp Farm grows vegetables with the help of students, and donates a portion of each harvest to those in need in the community. This AmeriCorps VISTA project will equip low-income adults studying or working at UMD to develop fundamental tools to promote nourishment, health, equity, and empowerment.

The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park – Campus Food System Education

Project: In partnership with CCMA and support from our partners at the Capital Area Food Bank and Maryland Hunger Solutions, the UMD Campus Pantry will implement a collaborative three-year project to enhance food literacy through the Campus Food System Education Project. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will build capacity for 1) the Campus Food Gardens to support campus and community food security, 2) the Campus Pantry Teaching Kitchen to offer comprehensive learning opportunities, and 3) expand food literacy both on and off campus through student and youth empowerment.

The University of Maryland (UMD), College Park – First Generation Student Success

Project: The University of Maryland College Park’s (UMD) First Generation VISTA will be working on a division-wide effort to understand and comprehensively remove barriers to the academic success of first generation students. This project includes the establishment of new programs and strengthening relationships among departments and organizations both on and off-campus to address the needs of this student population. The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA Member will be instrumental in coordinating and advancing first generation initiatives among UMD staff and students. We are confident that this three-year project will pave the way to prevent poverty through advancing the success of first generation students, thus strengthening economic opportunities for this often low-income vulnerable student population.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore – School of Social Work

Project: The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA project will work with the University of Maryland School of Social Work Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) to provide field instructors with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion training and support. The VISTA will create a JEDI Resource Library, Trainings, and a Learning Community that will allow field educators to improve their anti-racism and anti-oppression lens when working with these communities and students. By providing JEDI training for field instructors, we are supporting them to work in a more inclusive, equitable and just way with students and community members.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore – UMD SAFE Center

Project: The CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member will help build the capacity of the SAFE Center to serve human trafficking victims in the metropolitan Washington, DC area with a focus on Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. As structural racism is a root cause of human trafficking, the SAFE Center strives to work through an anti-racist framework that incorporates survivor input in our policies, programs, and partnerships. The VISTA will build the SAFE Center’s capacity to serve our clients by supporting the creation of internal policies and program updates with a focus on systemic racism and operationalizing the SAFE Center’s survivor leadership program.

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Project: The ShoreWay Experience is a partnership with University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and the local elementary, middle, and high schools in Somerset County, designed to increase college and career readiness within the traditionally underrepresented people of color on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Within the ShoreWay Experience, students will receive intensive college preparedness, ongoing academic and success coaching, experiential learning opportunities, along with life and leadership training. Concurrently, local business partners will provide students with workforce skills, mentoring, and project-based internships to ensure that they can attain and succeed in high-demand careers.

Benefits of AmeriCorps VISTA

  • Living Allowance: The living allowance is paid biweekly and deposited directly into your bank account and is based on the cost of living in the service area.
  • End-of-Service Award: In successfully completing your year of service, you’re eligible to receive either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($6345) or the VISTA end-of-service cash stipend ($1,800).
  • Healthcare Benefit: VISTA members who maintain health insurance during their service term may enroll in the AmeriCorps VISTA Healthcare Allowance. ($$8,550 in 2021).
  • Childcare Benefit: Child care benefits are paid directly to qualified child care providers for all or part of the member’s child care costs during their active time of service.
  • Relocation Allowance: a one-time allowance of $750 for VISTAs relocating more than 50 miles.
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI): CCMA provides consistent training and development opportunities related to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) throughout the service year for VISTA members, seeking to contribute to both their professional and personal growth.
  • Non-Competitive Eligibility: One year of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.
  • Other Benefits: Some service sites may offer housing, full or partial meal plans, transportation and parking permits, gym memberships, and more.