VISTA Member Trainings

REQUIRED 2017-18 VISTA MEMBER TRAINING DATES:

August 21-22, 2017 - Early Service Training*

8:00am - 4:00pm, Minnesota Literacy Council Training Room, 700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180, Saint Paul, MN​

*VISTAs with start dates later than the Early Service Training will attend a make-up session after they start their service. Dates/times should be arranged directly with the literacy council VISTA Leader. 

September 22, 2017 - In-Service Training* Excel and Evaluations

8:45am - 1:00pm, Minnesota Literacy Council Training Room, 700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180, Saint Paul, MN​

*Morning 9:00am-1:00pm training for all VISTAs, and 1:00-5:00pm afternoon make-up Early Service Training for VISTAs who started in late August or September

October 27, 2017 - Supervisor and VISTA member Training: Conflict Resolution/Communication Styles

8:45am - 1:00pm, English Learning Center at Our Saviour's Community Services, 2315 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

November 17, 2017 - Leadership/ Goal Setting

8:45am - 1:00pm, Brian Coyle Community Center, 420 15th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

December 15, 2017 - Budgeting/Credit*

8:45am - 1:00pm, Minnesota Literacy Council Training Room, 700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180, Saint Paul, MN​

*Morning 9:00am-1:00pm training for all VISTAs, and 1:00-5:00pm afternoon make-up Early Service Training for VISTAs who started in November

January 26, 2018 - Cultural Competency and Identity/Social Justice Conversations

February 23, 2018 - Volunteer Management & Grant Writing

March 22-23, 2018 - Retreat and Self-Care Training

April 27, 2018 - Life After VISTA: Networking, Mock and Informational Interviews

May 25, 2018 - Mental Health Training

June 22, 2018 - Reflection on your year

July 13, 2018 - End of Year Event

Optional Events

September 11, 2017 - National Day of Service and Remembrance

October 7, 2017 - Insisting on Equity Conference

October 12-13, 2017 - Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Evolve Conference

November 3-4, 2017 - Overcoming Racism Conference

January 15, 2018 - MLK Day of Service

March or April TBD: AmeriCorps Week

July TBD: All State VISTA Picnic

Professional Development Funds:

In addition to the literacy council required trainings, we also provide each VISTA member with up to $150 to use toward other professional development opportunities of their choosing. Examples include trainings and conferences (registration fees and travel), classes, professional books, professional association fees, and more. VISTAs should make requests to use these funds through our national service staff.

Training/Event Purposes:

  • Orienting and connecting members to services and information provided by the Minnesota Literacy Council and Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Giving members the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at their sites
  • Fostering positive relationships and creating cohesion among VISTA members
  • Providing opportunities for professional and personal growth
  • Encouraging networking, resource sharing, collaboration and partnerships across members and sites

Peer Groups:

Our cohort is broken into smaller networking groups called “peer groups.” These are peer support groups for VISTAs to network, collaborate, share resources and ideas, and provide peer support in small groups. They are VISTA-led and may involve a mix of in-person and online communication.

After each Peer Group meeting, please fill out the meeting form and submit it to your VISTA Leader.

 

2017-18 Peer Groups:

  • Blue group: Savannah, Mairin, Akram, Lizzi, Nick, Connie
  • Yellow group: Nasrin, Chris, Mao, Sana, Abby
  • Red group: Christian, Krista, Ellie, Cydnee

Required Training Attendance Policy:

We expect that all members will be present at each of the required trainings and participate fully in peer groups. All members and supervisors are given the dates for mandatory trainings at the beginning of the service year so that they can plan accordingly.

If a member is unable to attend a required training, they should contact the national service staff as early as possible to discuss the situation.