Project STAR VISTA
Guidelines for Developing a Goal Statement
The Goal Statement should:
1. Address the community need by stating what the VISTA members will do to meet
the need. This statement is an OVERALL DESCRIPTION OF THE INTENT of a
major component of the VISTA project over the life of the three year project.
How will VISTA project address the community need? [Suggest no more than
2. Identify the DESIRED OUTCOME that will be achieved by the end of the project.
The Goal Statement should not:
1. List VISTA member activities.
2. Focus on a single year.
3. Describe the continuation of existing activities, services or processes. Rather, it
should describe a self-sustaining product that will be realized at the end of a
Sample Goal Statements from four VISTA projects:
Goal 1: To address high unemployment in River County, the River VISTA project will
create a job training program to improve job readiness skills of recent GED graduates.
This program will have sustainable resources in place by the end of 3 years.
Goal 1: To ensure the sustainability of the “Moving Upward” program which empowers
low-resourced families to move out of poverty, over a two-year period we will assist the
Community Council of Vegas Valley to develop a funding infrastructure to maintain the
“Moving Upward” program.
Goal 1: To combat weight and obesity problems among Los Olivos County
preschoolers, Los Olivos VISTA will develop program curricula and train staff for a
physical fitness and nutrition program that will improve the general health and decrease
the percentage of overweight children in LOCOE’s Head Start program by the end of the
Goal 1: To improve minority representation in local public affairs, the Community
Leadership VISTA project will create an ethnic leadership program during this three year
period by developing and implementing a leadership process to recruit, train and support
ethnic leaders from refugee and minority communities.
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