AmeriCorps VISTAs are placed through the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas at service sites across Texas. Each VISTA serves full-time for one year at their placement site with at our partner agencies. They help to improve health services, create and evaluate programs, strengthen community groups, conduct outreach, and much, much more. VISTA members and their service sites create, implement, expand, and improve programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
Project Transformation Rio Texas (PT) is focused on three “C’s”: Children, College students, Churches. The program breaks out of the notion of a one-way “helping relationship” with children and instead focuses on a model built on reciprocity: interns, volunteers, churches, and children are both providers and recipients of help. While the program fundamentally has been designed to “serve children,” all parties are in one way or another transformed. Project Transformation is a respected model of service, through which leaders emerge, communities change, and lives transform. Project Transformation’s program has been molded out of a search for the right answers to these questions: 1. How do we meet the academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of children from low-income communities? 2. How do we provide meaningful ways for college students to explore service vocations and develop as young adult leaders? PT offers 8 week literacy camps in the summer Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm, at selected site churches in underserved neighborhoods. Our curriculum focuses on the holistic development of each child and emphasizes relationship building in a safe and community-oriented environment to help each child realize their unique potential. Project Transformation addresses summer reading slide by providing high-quality services that are specifically aimed to bolster children’s academic achievement during the summer, allowing them to return to school stronger than when they left. Our work is largely set apart by the passionate college interns who implement our programs and invest in the lives of at-risk students. The heart of Project Transformation is relationships and the heart of relationships is people.
Member Duties : The Rio Grande Valley PT VISTA will help build capacity through community development. This will include cultivating relationships with school districts and community partners. It will involve working closely with the Executive Director and the Local Advisory board to ensure that the valley program is thriving in the PT model. The VISTA will work to create new funding and volunteer streams. The VISTA will collaborate with other non-profits that align with PT’s mission and vision to broaden our impact in the valley. The VISTA will help discern unmet needs and ways we can help meet those needs. The VISTA will cultivate university ties and help recruit college students to be summer interns.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
professional development and network building
Subject to criminal background check