AmeriCorps*VISTA Cadre Project

What is the AmeriCorps*VISTA Cadre Project?

acvista300dpiThe NM Forum for Youth in Community in collaboration with the NM State Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Office, and the NM Commission for Community Volunteerism are pleased to announce the Forum AmeriCorps* VISTA Cadre Project. The project will support the work of the Forum in building networks in our communities and focus on Positive Youth Development. These exciting opportunities will allow selected individuals to serve organizations in building capacity, strengthening communities, and mobilizing individuals to make New Mexico a better place for children and youth.

What role do the AmeriCorps VISTA Cadre members play?

A*VISTA Cadre members volunteer in community-based organizations focused on building capacity, while identifying and addressing needs in their respective communities. VISTA Cadre members help to convene community members, youth and youth practitioners in an effort to raise awareness and support Positive Youth Development in the state of New Mexico. They also help create and implement quality youth programming to enhance the quality of life for young people across the state.

How does the AmeriCorps VISTA Cadre Project impact New Mexico?

As a statewide initiative, the VISTA Cadre Project helps support Regional Point Organizations (RPO) strategically placed throughout the state. These partnering agencies of the Forum act as “satellite” agencies utilized to plan community events, host regional trainings and town hall meetings.

AmeriCorps VISTA Cadre Summer Associate Program

The AmeriCorps VISTA Cadre Summer Associate Program partners up with non-profit and governmental agencies across New Mexico to host VISTA Summer Associate members. These members provide capacity building support to the host organization. The duration of the Summer Associate Program is 8 weeks and members must provide 40 hours of service per week. Upon completion of the Summer Associate program members earn either an Education Award or End of Term Stipend.

Positive Youth Development

Recently VISTA Cadre Project staff were workshop presenters at the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service. This workshop was on the subject of Positive Youth Development. The information this workshop presented was an introductory to what Positive Youth Development is, and how organizations could incorporate it into their organization.

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