We are looking for passionate people to fight poverty as AmeriCorps VISTA members by increasing college aspirations among K-12 youth and supporting first generation college students in New Hampshire. Each member will serve at a college or community site for a one-year term. At your site, you will develop and coordinate programs that will increase the capacity of campuses to provide student volunteers to serve low-income K-12 students; and/or develop programming to support at-risk college students. This could include: creating or coordinating mentoring, tutoring, or advising programs; providing training for college students to serve as volunteers; working with faculty and staff to support service initiatives focused on college aspirations, access, and success; and recruiting and supporting college student volunteers.
Requirements: Must be 18-years-old and a college graduate; additionally, some of our VISTA positions require the volunteer to have their own reliable transportation
Benefits: Living stipend, Loan Deferment, Interest Accrual, Non-Competitive Eligibility, Health Care Support, Childcare (if eligible) Choice of Education Award or stipend upon successful completion of service term.
Note: Before submitting, please review our application process below. You only need to submit an application for one position below in order to be considered for multiple.
1. Complete and submit an application by clicking each job title (you will be directed to the AmeriCorps Portal)
2. Submit a cover letter and resume to Chelsea Christiansen, Program Coordinator
3. Application Screening: Our office will review your application and then contact you to let you know your status.
4. Interview #1: Applicants will be contacted by CCNH to schedule an initial screening conversation.
5. Host Site Review: Interviewees who are a good fit for this work and would be a great addition to our statewide VISTA team will have their applications passed on to the host site(s) of their interest.
6. Final Interview: After reviewing application information, host site(s) will hold interviews with those applicants whom they feel are best suited for their environment and the important work to be carried out. All final placement decisions will be made by CCNH and candidates will be contacted directly.
Claremont School District System of Care Office
Join our beautiful New Hampshire community in Claremont as you help to increase educational awareness and promote mental health initiatives aimed at attaining improved outcomes for our low-income local students. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, you’ll be a part of this new initiative, building upon existing supports, while creating a stronger foundation for all students to be successful in their community. We’re looking for a positive, self-starter with good communication skills whose responsibilities will include working to develop and implement a communication plan that promotes our work within the Claremont School District while increasing supports and active partnerships with regional agencies and organizations.
GEAR UP-Lakes & Claremont Region
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. GEAR UP New Hampshire seeks to improve the high school graduation rates, college going rates and first year retention rates of students from three of the most resourced challenged regions of the state, including the Lakes Region. Some of the activities the VISTA will do are: create a peer-to-near-peer mentoring program, organize a region-wide FAFSA completion day, and work with school administrators and counselors to develop a way to teach students, especially those that will be first-generation students, social and communication skills for college—such as self-advocacy, self-awareness, persistence, and self-discipline to persist in the face of obstacles. Through everything, the VISTA will promote the message that “College is Possible”.
Additional Support: Housing Allowance
Great Bay Community College
This project will support applicants and students with low income as they move through the process of applying and enrolling, becoming successful college students, and completing their academic goals at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. The project has two main areas of focus. One is the development of Student Mentor Program, which will recruit and train current GBCC students to reach out and offer guidance and resources to low income students as they move beyond any barriers that arise. The second focus will be to work with college and community partners to collate existing programs, services, and resources as well as identify potential areas for additional service/partnerships.
Additional Support: On campus cafeteria/restaurant gift card
The Manchester Community College AmeriCorps VISTA will serve as a Campus and Community Engagement Coordinator, whose work will center around activities which build campus connectedness for low- income at-risk students and affiliation through increasing student involvement in student organizations, campus programming, and community service. This is a fun, creative position fill with opportunities to bring together a diverse group of college students, current student leaders and student groups to develop leadership skills by working collaboratively on projects and events; and by developing strategies which target and encourage at-risk low-income students to get connected and involved.
Additional Support: $1000 in combination of gas & cafeteria vouchers
This VISTA position supports the Elmwood Gardens Homework Help Program, an afterschool program providing learning opportunities and educational support for immigrant, refugee, and underrepresented Manchester elementary and middle school students. The program takes place in a housing community center and is comprised of homework help and structured learning activities run by college mentors. College mentors provide a much-needed connection to college and foster the idea that college is possible. VISTA responsibilities include community and school outreach, training and support of college student leaders and volunteers, recruitment and support of students, and program coordination. The VISTA strengthens capacity to meet needs of participants and community. The VISTA manages data and presentations, outreach to Manchester ethnic communities, collaboration with schools, and support of college mentors.
Additional Support: Meal Plan and Additional $5000 Scholarship
University of New Hampshire Manchester
UNH Manchester, the urban college of UNH, is committed to the greater Manchester community. Through course work, service projects, volunteerism, and service learning the UNH Manchester students engage with a variety of local community organizations to meet common goals. The VISTA member will support UNH Manchester’s continued community engagement activities to the low-income population through the four intersecting projects: 1) to support & administer the projects generated through the college’s Food Insecurity Committee, 2) to determine community needs through research and data analysis in collaboration with students in Leadership Academy on food security issues, 3) to explore the viability of effective anti-poverty programming in collaboration with the college’s center for Civic and Community Engagement, and 4) to support the efforts of the new Center for Civic and Community Engagement with special attention toward recruiting students for participatory action projects.
It is the goal of the AmeriCorps VISTA placed at White Mountains Community College, in Berlin, NH to utilize campus resources to increase the accessibility to higher education and retention of low income students in the greater North Country region. The VISTA will have a variety of opportunities, which include, but are not limited to, working with student leaders to streamline the enrollment process for low income K-12 students and first-generation college students, recruiting student volunteers for various service programs in the region, and encouraging student involvement in service and leadership events and student organizations in order to promote college retention.
Additional Support: Housing Allowance
Other opportunities to serve can be found here.