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 often!
  • 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.
  • The Baltimore Station: Nutrition Program Promote healthy living by developing a nutrition education program for residents in The Baltimore Station! The goal of the project is to educate, empower, and expose the residents of the Baltimore Station to fresh, non-processed nutritional options as well as healthy eating habits that will address the many health issues that our residents face.
  • Baltimore Youth Arts: Internship Development Harness the transformative power of art! Develop an internship program to connect youth to dynamic opportunities!  The goal of this project is to expand Baltimore Youth Art’s programming to better benefit BYA Alumni through the development of an internship program in collaboration with organizational partners.
  • Bester Community of Hope: Healthy Futures Create 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.
  • The Club at Collington Square: Outreach & Development Join an extraordinary after-school program that changes the lives of its scholars! Develop systems to better understand and address the needs of Baltimore City students! This VISTA project will work with The Club and Strong City staff to develop program sustainability systems in order to ensure the long-term viability of The Club.
  • The Pro Bono Counseling Project: Outreach & Recruitment 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 Director of VISTA Programming Lily Ross.

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 Director of VISTA Programming Lily Ross.