Almost 1.5 million people live in the Capital Region of New York State, many of them in the inner cities of Albany, Troy, and Schenectady. Annually, the Center for Academic and Community Engagement at Siena College (ACE), selects 32 persons from around the country to serve with Community-Based Organizations (CBO) who are working to address socio-economic challenges in the region; these challenges include gaps in education, health care, housing, criminal justice, and economic development. Our fellows fight poverty and build capacity by working alongside community members to create sustainable, local solutions.
Based on your skills and interests, you will be matched with a CBO for a year. Your role is critical to the CBO, and includes gaining experience in skills such as volunteer recruitment & management, fundraising, grant writing, community engagement, and program creation & evaluation. Long-time CBOs we have partnered with include: the Boys and Girls Club, Albany District Attorney’s Office, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, the New York State Network for Youth Success, Schenectady Office of Children and Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, and many others!
You will be managed on-site by a supervisor, mentored by two VISTA Leaders, and trained by an experienced VISTA management team. You will attend a Pre-Service Orientation, an On-Site Orientation, and ongoing training. Online training opportunities include access to free webinars and online courses. In-person training includes high-impact, monthly professional development training that focuses on the enhancement of our VISTAs’ overall growth to make the best of the service year experience. As one of 32 VISTA Fellows, you will have the chance to bond and support each other as you learn, grow, and serve.
We are celebrating a decade of success and have had nearly 200 VISTAs complete the program. Alumni have gone on to graduate study, have been hired by their CBO, and have non-competitive eligibility status when applying for federal government jobs. Other benefits include a $5,920 education award, deferment of qualified student loans, and a modest living allowance. Gain professional experience while serving your community! Join the Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA Fellows Team!
– Pre-Service Orientation and On-Site Orientation
-Free Public Transportation
-Access to several Siena College services including dining, gym, and library privileges
-Childcare (if applicable)
-Emergency health benefits
-Eligible to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
-Eligible to pursue outside employment in off-hours
-Deferment or Forbearance of qualified student loans during service
-On-going professional development, mentorship, and support from the VISTA Leadership Team, the ACE Office, and our community partners
End of Service Benefits:
-Choice between the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (currently $5,920) or the End of Service Stipend
-Non-Competitive Eligibility status to apply for federal government jobs