Recruitment

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.

Application process:
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 Larissa Striga.
3. Application Screening: Our office will review your application and then contact you to let you know your status.
4. Screening Interview: 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.

Available positions:

Keene State College
Keene, NH
$400/month housing stipend and $250/semester meal plan

Student Involvement programs help low-income students make the most of their time at Keene State College. Programming includes volunteer and leadership opportunities, occasions for personal and professional growth, socializing, and career exploration. The VISTA member will assist and support Student Involvement with efforts to ensure programming meets the needs of our underrepresented/low-income student population, with an eye toward programs most likely to contribute to college access and success. This includes supporting a co-curricular summer bridge program, facilitating leadership programming, growing students’ awareness of opportunities for involvement and increasing outreach to underserved/low-income students. The VISTA member can expect challenging and varied responsibilities that allow for personal and professional growth, support from leadership across the department of Student Involvement, and short-term and sustained engagement with our undergraduate student population.

Manchester Community College
Manchester, NH
$250/month housing stipend and $1,000 in combination of gas and cafeteria vouchers.

The Manchester Community College AmeriCorps VISTA will serve as a 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. These programs will be developed by the VISTA and designed to engage underrepresented students as a strategy to encourage their connection to campus. This is a fun, creative position filled with opportunities to build capacity for diverse and underrepresented students 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.

Nashua Community College
Nashua, NH
$500/month housing stipend

The VISTA position will provide overall leadership and infrastructure development for NCC students to engage with the Rotoract Club and Alternative Break program. These programs are specifically designed to engage low income students in activities that will help them connect with the campus community and support their retention and persistence to graduation.

Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH
$250/month housing stipend

The AmeriCorps VISTA for the Career Development Office will support, guide, pilot and assess the launch of new career initiatives and determine appropriate mechanisms and interventions to support our first-generation and low-income students in these initiatives. The VISTA’s work will focus on the Career Readiness Roadmap program that will be introduced to incoming new students in Fall 2019. This program will provide guided career-based milestones for students to intentionally engage in career exploration and planning, from new-student orientation. Sample milestones include demystifying the process of building a professional network, resume writing, exploring career paths, building professional communication skills, and job shadowing for low-income, first-generation students. The VISTA will plan and deliver specific programming and resources to support this population and continuously assess their development and track engagement over the course of the academic year.

White Mountains Regional High School
Whitefield, NH
$250/month housing stipend

White Mountains Regional High School is a comprehensive high school nestled in the White Mountains just minutes away from unlimited access to four season outdoor recreation. WMRHS is currently transitioning from traditional academic instruction to inquiry based learning and personalized education for its 400 students. Students coming from the communities of Carroll, Dalton, Jefferson, Lancaster and Whitefield are challenged in their core subjects and at the same time may explore career options in our Arthur Paradice Career and Technical Education Center. We are seeking dynamic professionals who are flexible minded, communicative, enjoy collaboration, like to work with students both inside and outside of the classroom, and are interested in opportunities of shared leadership. Our goal is to do more for more students including working with low income students of all abilities and interests. If you desire a small school feel with big school opportunities, WMRHS is the place for you.

NHTI – Concord’s Community College
Concord, NH
Campus housing or $250/month housing stipend

It is the goal of the VISTA placed at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, in Concord, NH to utilize campus resources to increase the accessibility and retention to higher education for low income students in the greater Concord area. The VISTA will have a variety of opportunities, which include, but are not limited to, working with student leaders to create a mentor program to work with low income K-12 students and first-generation college students, recruiting student volunteers for various programs in the area, and encouraging student involvement in service and leadership events and student organizations in order to promote college retention.

Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH
$250/month housing stipend, $1,000 meal plan and $5,000 scholarship

This AmeriCorps 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.

University of New Hampshire – Manchester
Manchester, NH
$250/month housing stipend

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 and administer the projects generated though 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 the 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.

White Mountains Community College
Berlin, NH
$250/month housing stipend

The Student Success VISTA at WMCC will have the opportunity to be a change agent and true innovator. The VISTA will be tasked with reviewing the student lifecycle, associated processes, and seek to increase recruitment, enrollment, persistence, retention, and completion, in partnership with internal and external constituents. This is a very important role and will work closely with a variety of departments. There is an opportunity for the VISTA to build an ambassador program comprised of student volunteers and work study students to help coordinate aspects of this project.

GEAR UP Berlin School District
Berlin, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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, Southwest and North Country. Some of the activities the VISTA at Berlin School District 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.

GEAR UP Claremont School District
Claremont, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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, Southwest and North Country. Some of the activities the VISTA at Claremont School District 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.

GEAR UP Franklin School District
Franklin, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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, Southwest and North Country. Some of the activities the VISTA at Franklin School District 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.

GEAR UP Laconia School District
Laconia, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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, Southwest and North Country. Some of the activities the VISTA at Laconia School District 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.

GEAR UP Lisbon School
Lisbon, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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, Southwest and North Country. Some of the activities the VISTA at Lisbon School 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.

GEAR UP Manchester Hillside Middle School
Manchester, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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 Manchester seeks to improve the high school graduation rates and college going rates of students in Manchester by providing ongoing supports to students beginning in middle school. The GEAR UP Manchester VISTA at Hillside Middle School will be tasked with creating programming that aligns with the goals of the program, creating connections with community partners, and recruiting volunteers. Specific activities will include: developing parent/family engagement opportunities, developing infrastructure to support Career College Clubs at Hillside Middle School and assisting with identifying and connecting students with resources to ensure their ongoing success.

GEAR UP Manchester McLaughlin Middle School
Manchester, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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 Manchester seeks to improve the high school graduation rates and college going rates of students in Manchester by providing ongoing supports to students beginning in middle school. The GEAR UP Manchester VISTA at McLaughlin Middle School will be tasked with creating programming that aligns with the goals of the program, creating connections with community partners, and recruiting volunteers. Specific activities will include: developing parent/family engagement opportunities, developing infrastructure to support Career College Clubs at each middle school, and assisting with identifying and connecting students with resources to ensure their ongoing success.

GEAR UP Manchester Parkside Middle School
Manchester, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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 Manchester seeks to improve the high school graduation rates and college going rates of students in Manchester by providing ongoing supports to students beginning in middle school. The GEAR UP Manchester VISTA at Parkside Middle School will be tasked with creating programming that aligns with the goals of the program, creating connections with community partners, and recruiting volunteers. Specific activities will include: developing parent/family engagement opportunities, developing infrastructure to support Career College Clubs at Parkside Middle School, and assisting with identifying and connecting students with resources to ensure their ongoing success.

GEAR UP Manchester Southside Middle School
Manchester, NH
$500/month housing stipend

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 Manchester seeks to improve the high school graduation rates and college going rates of students in Manchester by providing ongoing supports to students beginning in middle school. The GEAR UP Manchester VISTA at Southside Middle School will be tasked with creating programming that aligns with the goals of the program, creating connections with community partners, and recruiting volunteers. Specific activities will include: developing parent/family engagement opportunities, developing infrastructure to support Career College Clubs at each middle school, and assisting with identifying and connecting students with resources to ensure their ongoing success.

Other opportunities to serve can be found here.