AmeriCorps VISTA is a federally funded program geared toward college graduates who want to make a difference.
Participation in AmeriCorps VISTA is a way to help those in need through a non-profit organization. After one year growing and learning as a VISTA member, you will be ready for a robust employment opportunity or your graduate school education [see below for details on AmeriCorps’ Segal Education Award, valued at $5,920.00]
Minimum Requirements: College degree (Associates or Bachelor’s) and strong technology skills
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey (JFCS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Teaneck, NJ with additional locations in Fair Lawn and Wayne. We aim to serve the entire community through a variety of services, including Mental Health Services, Senior Care, Aid & Advocacy, Food Pantries (two), Re-Launch Career Services, and Club Ed.
Club Ed, a JFCS program, is an affordable, quality afterschool program serving five predominately low-income school districts in the area. It is not only a safe haven for children with working parents, but also an enriching experience, where children receive homework help/tutoring, creative arts classes and physical education. Those who attend Club Ed have become better students and as a result have fallen in love with learning. At the same time, parents are able to complete their own work days knowing that their children are well cared for.
Afterschool care, especially in Northern NJ, tends to be somewhat expensive for modest income families… Club Ed to the rescue! We are currently expanding to other low-income school districts which desperately need affordable, quality afterschool care. This is a tremendous asset to working parents who often struggle to make ends meet.
As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you will be working closely with the Club Ed Director to maintain and grow existing Club Ed locations while helping to expand to other districts and support NJ families to provide the best care for their children.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Help to develop a strategy to engage prospective new school districts
• Maintain and revise materials and internal data for school districts and families
• Modify program evaluations to ensure the agency is capturing key outcome information
• Engage in efforts to help train Club Ed staff by researching and updating staff training curricula
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training
Becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA has the following benefits:
• Living Allowance: Receive a modest bi-weekly living allowance – in our region that will be $20,640 per year.
• Relocation Allowance: If you move 50+ miles from your home to a new community, you will receive relocation travel assistance and a settling-in allowance.
• Healthcare Benefit: Choose between healthcare reimbursement or a healthcare plan - dental & vision included.
• Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE): a unique hiring path which more easily enables federal agencies to hire you after this one year VISTA experience.
• Child Care: You may be eligible to receive a child care benefit if you have children under the age of 13.
• End of Service Benefit: If you decide to continue your education upon completion of your VISTA service, you will be eligible for AmeriCorps’ Segal Education Award (valued at $5,920.00) for tuition and expenses. If you are not going on to more schooling, you are then eligible for a Cash Stipend of $1,800.
• View full listing of AmeriCorps VISTA benefits: vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service
Associates Degree (AA)
Permits attendance at school during off hours
Subject to criminal background check