Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Become an AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Strong City Baltimore is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Check back frequently as we post new openings!
  • Archbishop Borders School: Beyond Borders: Bridging Gaps Develop a model of workshops/classes for school families in Southeast Baltimore to navigate an English-speaking community, find better opportunities, and increase involvement in children’s education.  The Community Outreach Liaison VISTA will build the capacity of Archbishop Borders School (ABS) by developing curricula and a train-the-trainer model of workshops/classes for school families in Southeast Baltimore to navigate an English-speaking community.
  • Arts on the Block: College, Work, Career VISTA Develop comprehensive & effective college & career-related services for participants ages 11-21 as they transition from middle school to high school, then high school to college and/or the workforce. The VISTA Member at Arts on the Block will build the capacity of the College-Work Career (CWC) Project, which will provide comprehensive and effective college, job-readiness, and career-related services for youth and young adult program participants (ages 11 through 21) as they transition from middle school to high school, and from high school to college and/or the workforce.
  • Bester Community of Hope: Healthy Futures VISTA Help create new service pathways and holistic wellness programming for vulnerable students at Bester Elementary School!  The goal of this VISTA project is integrate and promote healthcare services and ensure access by youth at Bester Elementary school.
  • Bmore4Kidz: Young Maker VISTA Coordinator Build capacity via developing, implementing, and engaging community partners to serve and provide Young Makers Programs to diverse, low income 4th-8th Grade and their families in East Baltimore. As a result of the VISTA member’s service there will be an increase in recruiting, retaining and training of mentors, volunteers and community members; a secured financial funding for the Young Makers Program is established and an effective and impactful Young Makers Program is built.
  • Esperanza Center: Youth ESOL Capacity Builder Expand the reach of the Esperanza Center’s Youth ESOL Program to provide more youth with the opportunity to learn English!  The goal of this project is to assess, improve, and grow a successful Youth English Language Program, providing the opportunity for middle and high school students to learn English, helping them to be successful in school.
  • Improving Education, Bedtime in a Box: Communications VISTA  Support early childhood literacy by using community engagement, design, and social media communications to expand the reach of Bedtime in a Box with funders, communities, volunteers, and partners!  The goal of this project is to significantly increase the amount and quality of reading each night, and support families to create healthy routines around bedtime.
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) Baltimore: Economic Empowerment VISTA Enhance financial literacy, workforce skills, and resource access for newly arrived, legally documented refugees, breaking down barriers for families entering the US and promoting self-sufficiency. The goal of the project is to enhance economic empowerment program trainings and resources as related to basic job readiness, advanced job readiness, career navigation and financial literacy.
  • MD Office of Public Defender: Expungement VISTA  Remove the barrier of having a criminal background by developing a streamlined process for public defenders to secure expungement for eligible cases!  The goal of this project is to improve the economic opportunity for low income Baltimoreans by creating streamlined, straightforward processes for eligible cases to be expunged from their criminal record.
  • Martin Pollak Project: Northstar Tutoring/Mentoring Project  Develop and expand our free, 1-1 tutoring/mentoring program for low-income kids scoring below grade level to thrive & grow via volunteer strategy, partnership building, & program financial support.  The VISTA Member will build capacity by expanding and improving volunteer recruitment and management practices, developing and implementing an outreach plan to schools and community organizations along with maintaining a database for contacts and neighborhood partnerships, and identifying potential sources of financial support, to ensure Northstar Baltimore’s continued success and growth.
  • Pro-Bono Counseling Project: Outreach & Recruitment VISTA Are you passionate about providing access to mental health services? Join The Pro Bono Counseling Project in developing outreach plans to connect more Marylanders to free counseling!  The goal of this project is to develop and implement an outreach framework for the Pro Bono Counseling Project. This will increase access to mental health care by increasing the number of potential clients who know about the availability of services as well as building the capacity of the Pro Bono Counseling Project to serve those clients through adding more volunteer mental health providers to our network.
  • Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center: Partnership and Wellness Support youth experiencing homelessness by building and strengthening partnerships and developing resources to promote positive mental health! The goal of this project is to build the capacity of the YES Drop In Center to meet the needs of youth experiencing homelessness through expanding local partnerships and creating wellness resources for the youth.
For more information about applying to any of Strong City VISTA’s project, please contact VISTA Leaders Azure Grimes or Molly Christian.

About our AmeriCorps VISTA Cohort

For more than four decades, Strong City has been a proud sponsor of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Strong City sponsors a diverse selection of projects that build and strengthen vibrant urban communities throughout Baltimore City and across Maryland.

Our members develop K-12, college, and career opportunities for at-risk youth, create access to healthy options through community organizing and gardening, improve programming that empowers refugees and the homeless, and much more.

To learn about the Strong City VISTA Cohort and the current VISTA projects, click here

How to Apply to be a VISTA Member

All interested applicants must complete an online myAmeriCorps application. Go to my.americorps.gov and click “apply to serve” to register and begin your application. A complete application requires two references, so be sure to request those early. Please do not send cover letters or resumes unless requested; only online applications will be considered.  Qualifying applicants will be interviewed by both Strong City staff and the service site before final decisions are made.

Schedule
Strong City-Sponsored VISTAs serve full time for a period of 365 days. All VISTA positions require full time dedication, often with responsibilities in the evening and on weekends.

VISTAs are required to attend a mandatory Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) prior to beginning their year of service. All lodging and travel costs to and from PSO will be covered by the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS).

Benefits

      • VISTAs receive a living allowance set at 105% of the poverty line for the city in which they will be serving as well as monthly transportation reimbursement.
      • VISTAs also have the opportunity to enroll in an AmeriCorps Health Allowance (supplemental to health insurance), to apply for SNAP (food stamps), childcare assistance, and other benefits if eligible.
      • Strong City provides an On Site Orientation & Training (OSOT) at the start of the term and monthly Professional Development Meetings (PDMs) tailored to the VISTA cohort. Training topics have included volunteer management, sustainable project planning, grant writing and reporting, effective communication, and community organizing, among others. Our in-service trainings are an opportunity for team-building and resource sharing among our VISTA members and are often described as a highlight of the service experience through Strong City.
      • If relocating more than 50 miles to serve, VISTAs will be considered to receive a travel allowance depending on the distance (not to exceed $1,000) and settling-in allowance (not to exceed $550).
      • Finally, upon successful completion of the term, VISTAs choose to receive either an Education Award of $5,550 or Cash Stipend of $1,500. The Education Award, which is subject to taxation, can be applied to any federally backed student loan or used to pay school tuition in the future. After serving, VISTAs have one year of non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.

For detailed information about AmeriCorps VISTA, including member benefits, please click here.

Requirements
All applicants are required to fill out an online application with CNCS and, if selected, provide proof of age, social security number, and citizenship. All selected candidates are required to complete a federal criminal background check and child abuse clearance before beginning service.

Questions
For more information about the Strong City VISTA Cohort, please contact VISTA Leader Azure Grimes.