“Fight Poverty with Passion” is AmeriCorps VISTA’s motto. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was founded in 1964 when President John F. Kennedy first thought of the idea to create a program where the main focus was to alleviate poverty. Since then, 170,000 VISTAs have served in many anti-poverty programs across the nation. It was in 1993 when VISTA became part of the network of programs included in AmeriCorps.
VISTA at NIU
NIU has been able to host one AmeriCorps VISTA every year since 2012 through Illinois Campus Compact (ILCC). ILCC’s mission is to promote civic engagement among students and have them be actively engaged. Our AmeriCorps VISTA members focus on one or more of the following goals:
- Assess education needs for low-income and high risk youth to improve their performance.
- Assess and address the needs of low-income and first generation college students.
- Assess and address the needs for current student veterans.
NIU’s VISTA strives to find new ways to enforce new and existing strategies onto the student experience among low-income, first-generation college students (FGCS and among students in local middle schools and high schools).
Visit the Americorps VISTA website for more information and check back here to learn about how to apply.
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