VISTA Summer Associates Program
Summer Associates must be: at least 18 years of age at the beginning of service; a U.S. Citizen, National or Legal Resident. Applicants on the National Sex Offenders Public Registry are not eligible for service.
- Service Term: May 21, 2019 - July 29, 2019 or June 3, 2019 - August 11, 2019
- On-Site Orientation Training: May 21-23 or June 3-5 (These dates are subject to change)
- Host Site Service Start Date: May 24, 2019 or June 6, 2019
Summer Associate Benefits
In addition to making a credible effort to help people escape poverty, Summer Associates receive the following benefits:
EXCLUSIVE!!!:$500 housing allowance. Amount payable directly to landlord or student housing. A lease must be provided for housing verification.
- Living Allowance: $236/week; paid bi-weekly
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: $1,290 or an end-of-service Summer Stipend $345
- Need Summer Housing?: MSU-B student housing is available for $110/week - double or $130/week - single. Click the link to apply today: Student Housing Information
- Not provided: Summer Associates do not receive health benefits or paid personal / medical leave.
Summer 2019 Opportunities - Substance Abuse Prevention / Food Security / Education
The following projects have been developed with an emphasis on substance abuse prevention and summer learning loss through activities promoting education, particularly for those in residing in low-income areas and children serviced by Title I schools. Math and Reading are educational components of all projects and many Host Sites have dedicated programming to enhance skills and interest Science, Engineering, Technology, and Art.
- Community Development - Opioid & Meth Services Expansion: The overall goal of this project is to reduce opioid / methamphetamine abuse by providing access to healthcare through outreach, education, and intervention strategies to deal with the drug epidemic in Yellowstone County. The Community Development Division is spearheading an opioid / methamphetamine response initiative to assess, coordinate and mobilize community resources. This will require the creation of materials and outreach activities. This project will help alleviate poverty by connecting low-income, addicted persons to programs that provide substance abuse treatment, life-skills, education, and employment services so they may achieve success in acquiring health and the opportunity to move out of poverty.
- The Housing Authority of Billings - Nutrition and Food Support: The goal of this project is to expand food security by making fresh, healthy food available to children during the summer when school is not in session. The Summer Associate will assess current food programs and obtain stakeholder opinions on how to improve and / or expand programs. Contact surrounding gardens / nurseries to see if they would be willing to donate excess plants, produce, soil, and various gardening materials. Plan and lead learning, creative, and / or physical activities to engage children at garden location sites. Create simple instructions for current and future families in affordable housing on how to garden, cook and store their produce. Prepare outreach materials to advertise food security activities to community members and the Housing Authority residents.
Child Education & Mentoring
- Wise Wonders Children's Museum - Full STEAM Ahead - Expand Summer Education: The goal of this project is to prevent summer learning loss and improve academic engagement and performance by increasing the number of students completing VISTA-supported STEM / STEAM education programs. Summer Associate VISTA members. Summer learning loss prevention is essential in helping people get out of poverty and succeed in school, work, and life. The Summer Associate VISTA member will work on: program development and implementation; and community awareness, outreach, and engagement activities.
- Billings Public Library - Pedal to Success: Work to improve school readiness and increase academic engagement by informing and engaging low-income citizens / families in Billings about free early childhood literacy programs, and other Library services. The VISTA member will engage in community awareness and program development / delivery. The member will create engagement opportunities for children in varying age ranges. Improved access to library materials and “summer slide” prevention activities will help disadvantaged youth embrace educational opportunities, helping them increase academic performance for long-term success. The Summer Associate will classroom management skills, how to choose stories for story time, techniques for reading stories, and engage children during activities.
- Billings Public Library - TECH Lab - Education & Creation Hub: This project will help to expand and improve current STEAM education programs in place at the Library. The VISTA member will learn how to operate TECH Lab equipment and develop pro-active classroom management techniques. The member will create hands-on activities and implement programming. The Summer Associate will provide community outreach to increase awareness of available education programs among families, children and community members residing in lower income neighborhoods.
- Billings Public Library - Children's Learning Area - Summer Learning: Work to improve school readiness and increase academic engagement by informing and engaging low-income citizens / families in Billings about free early childhood literacy programs, and other Library services. The VISTA member will engage in community awareness and program development / delivery. The member will create engagement opportunities for children in varying age ranges. Improved access to library materials and “summer slide” prevention activities will help disadvantaged youth embrace educational opportunities, helping them increase academic performance for long-term success. The Summer Associate will learn classroom management skills, how to choose stories for story time, techniques for reading stories, and engage children during activities.
Montana - N. Wyoming Conference United Church of Christ - Camp Mimanagish - School Readiness: The goal of this project is to prevent summer learning loss and improve academic performance by increasing the number of students completing VISTA-supported education programs. The camp theme is “Breaking Down Walls,” signifying an open, respectful platform to learn, be creative, and enjoy nature. It is important to create equal opportunities for all campers and make everyone feel welcome. The Summer Associate will develop outreach strategies to surrounding organizations to identify low-income children eligible to apply for camp scholarship opportunities. The member will prepare creative math, science, writing, and reading activities for campers throughout the duration of camp for various age levels.
The Housing Authority of Billings - Summer Reading - Great Book Giveaway: This project will help prevent summer learning loss through academic engagement programming set in place by the Summer Associate. Catalog previously donated books and identify according to grade level. Use social media to gather gently used books. Develop creative hands-on activities that will engage children of various ages and incentivize reading. Prepare outreach materials to advertise book giveaways and educational activities to surrounding community members and the Housing Authority residents.