VISTA Member Trainings


August 19, 2019 - Early Service Training Day 1 (new VISTAs)
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Literacy Council Training Room, 700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180, Saint Paul, MN​

August 20, 2019 - Early Service Training Day 2 (all 2019-20 VISTAs, including returners/continuing VISTAs)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Minnesota Literacy Council Training Room, 700 Raymond Ave, Suite 180, Saint Paul, MN​

Optional: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., MindBridge Discussion Group on diversity, equity and inclusion

September 13, 2019 - In-service Training*
The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights, MN 55113
Option 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Food on a budget and cooking class with a professional chef
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., lunch prepared by VISTAs
Option 2: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Personal financial literacy: budgets, savings and credit

*VISTAs are required to attend at least one of the sessions and may attend both.

October 11, 2019 - In-service Training with Supervisors and VISTA Members
​9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., location TBA

November 15, 2019 - Overcoming Racism Conference Day 1 (RSVP Required)
Metropolitan State University, 700 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106

This is a two-day conference. Day 2, November 16, is optional but strongly encouraged. (VISTAs can use Professional Development funds to attend Day 2. Day 1 will be covered for all.)

December 6, 2019 - Minnesota Literacy Volunteer Management Conference (RSVP Required)
8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Minnesota Department of Education, Conference Center A, 1500 Commerce St., Roseville, MN 55113

January 17, 2020 - In-service Training

February 21, 2020 - In-service Training

March 20, 2020 - In-service Training

April 17, 2020 - In-service Training

May 15, 2020 - In-service Training

June 19, 2020 - In-service Training

July TBA, 2020 - End of Year Event

Optional National Service Events

September 11, 2019 - National Day of Service and Remembrance

January 20, 2020 - MLK Day of Service

March or April TBD - AmeriCorps Week


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

Required Training Attendance Policy:

We expect that all members will be present at each of the required trainings and participate fully in committee/leadership commitments. 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.

Travel expenses to attend trainings (mileage/public transit for all, and hotel stay/travel meals for those eligible) will be paid for by Minnesota Literacy Council.