Build Capacity With Literacy VISTA

The Minnesota Literacy Council can provide your organization with a full-time, qualified and energetic AmeriCorps VISTA member dedicated to realizing your project's goals. At the same time, Literacy VISTA is an opportunity for VISTA members to engage deeply in community work while exploring career paths in public service, social service or education. By creating new programming, making improvements to existing programs or expanding the reach of programs, Literacy VISTA enables agencies to serve more individuals, more deeply impact causes of poverty and expand the quality and quantity of program offerings. 


Is Minnesota Literacy Council's Literacy VISTA program right for my organization?

Any private nonprofit organization, educational institution, or public agency working with communities in poverty anywhere in Minnesota is eligible to apply. Projects may focus on the following types of literacy services:

  • School Readiness (such as preparing young children for kindergarten; parent education and family literacy)
  • K-12 Success (such as getting school-aged children and youth reading at grade level; boosting literacy skills; increasing academic engagement; supporting on-time graduation and/or transitions to post-secondary education; family engagement)
  • Adult Literacy (such as serving individuals at least 18 years old who are not enrolled in K-12 school system; supporting English language learning; preparation for GED/high school equivalency; pathways to college and career readiness; parent education and family literacy)


How do I apply?

Applications to be a Literacy VISTA Host Site are currently closed. We will be accepting applications again in Fall 2018.



Contact Courtney at or 651-251-9151 with any questions, to talk over project ideas, or to register for an Info Session. To learn more about National Service, visit


Did you know?

Minnesota Literacy Council also has a summer VISTA program. Summer Reads VISTAs serve directly as literacy tutors and program facilitators during the summer months for children entering grades K-4 in schools. Organizations may host both Literacy VISTAs and Summer Reads VISTAs. Learn more about hosting a Summer Reads VISTA.