VYT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How long can I serve?
You can serve as a VISTA for up to five years. However, you can only earn up to the value of two education awards. If you earn the full-value of two education awards and serve additional years, for any additional years, you are eligible for a cash stipend.
2. What is the timeline for acceptance?
The timeline depends on several factors. First, VISTA applications are reviewed by VYT and each project that you apply to. If the project, VYT, and you both agree that the VISTA position is a good match for you, then the State Office will review your application. Once everyone agrees, you will then be officially accepted and will receive information about your virtual member orientation (VMO). Please see our recruitment timeline for more information.
3. Can I hold another job during my service?
VISTA's may hold outside employment if it its not related to their site or another VYT program site, and if it does not interfere with service. The member must request permission before beginning employment.
4. Are all assignments full time?
All VYT VISTA position are full time yearlong engagements. Depending on the site, members may need to serve outside of a 9 to 5 schedule or on weekends. The average should be around 40 hours per week.
5. Can I join if I'm not a U.S. citizen?
You can become a VISTA if you are legally residing within a state. Examples of persons legally residing within a state may include those holding the following classifications: refugee, asylee, temporary protected status throughout VISTA service, and holding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.
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6. What do VISTA members do?
AmeriCorps VISTA sites are all unique, but in general AmeriCorps VISTA members serve full time for a year in anti-poverty organizations and agencies throughout the country, addressing issues such as fighting illiteracy, improving health services, creating businesses, increasing housing opportunities, improving college access, and bridging the digital divide. Members perform indirect service, which means they help build the capacity of organizations to deliver valuable direct services to people living in poverty. Members typically create new programs, write grants, and recruit volunteers. For example, a member could establish a tutoring program, recruit and train volunteers, and raise money for the program—but would not tutor the children.
7. Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old, but there is no upper age limit. Our sites have unique needs, but our program in general welcomes individuals from all walks of life.
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