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.
  • City of Hyattsville: Bilingual Mentorship & Integration Program The goal of the project is to launch, measure, improve and build sustainability for an evidence-based tutoring and mentorship program in coordination with Northstar Tutoring and the City’s teen program as well as implement a sustainability plan to ensure that local schools, teen program staff, and service providers work together to host monthly bilingual parent workshops on how to participate in and/or navigate local institutions and systems to escape poverty.
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Prince George’s County: Marketing & Recruitment The goal of this project is for the VISTA to partner with the (CASA) team to create a professional, robust, and effective marketing and recruitment program that strongly brands CASA in the community and allows the organization to reach new sources of potential volunteers in order to increase our capacity to serve abused and neglected children in foster care. VISTA efforts will move people out of poverty by providing advocates who will assist transition-aged youth, then create and implement a plan for successful transition to independence.
  • Liberty Judy Center: Out of School Time Project: Develop an afterschool program for pre-k students who attend Liberty Elementary School and their families! The goal of this VISTA program is to develop and implement a sustainable out-of-school enrichment program for pre-k students at Liberty Elementary School that meets families’ needs and supports school readiness through high-quality child and parent services.
  • 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.
For more information about applying to any of Strong City VISTA’s project, please contact VISTA Leaders Azure Grimes.

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.