Host a VISTA

We offer two types of AmeriCorps VISTA programs

What kind of VISTA is the best fit?*

If your organization:

If your program:

  • Serves individuals living in poverty.
  • Wants to expand or improve upon its ability to address the literacy needs of children, adults or families from low-income communities.*
  • Has an idea for Literacy Leaders to complete a three year capacity-building project to increase effectiveness of literacy-focused programs, and/or to develop new or expand existing services.
  • Has the ability to provide consistent on-site supervision and support to a Literacy Leader year-round.
  • Serves children entering grades K-4 from low-income families.
  • Runs during the summer months, June to August.
  • Is looking to provide a clear focus on literacy and reading enrichment.
  • Has a need and opportunities for members to serve directly as tutors or program facilitators.
  • Is able to offer consistent support and guidance to Summer Reads members over the summer.

Then consider hosting a Minnesota Literacy Leader

Then consider hosting Summer Reads


*Keep in mind: organizations may host both a Literacy Leader and Summer Reads members!


Interested in volunteering with our national service programs?

VISTA Advisory Group

The Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA Advisory Group supports the mission of the literacy council’s AmeriCorps VISTA national service programs. Advisory Group volunteers help identify potential new host sites, provide input on how VISTA resources can be used as a cost-effective solution to community needs, and review and select new host site applications. 

Time commitment: 3 meetings plus about 10 hours of time spent on own reviewing application materials (December 10, 2019; February 11, 2020; February 28, 2020)

Location: participation can be by conference call or in-person (Minnesota Literacy Council main office, St Paul)

Contact: Meghan Paul-Cook,, 651-251-9069