“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 aliviate 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
Illinois Campus Compact's (ILCC) mission is to promote civic engagement among students and have them be actively engaged. Through ILCC, NIU currently hosts a VISTA volunteer since November 2012. ILCC lays an assignment for the VISTA member which includes three 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.