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					Massachusetts Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA

AmeriCorps*VISTA is a national service program in which volunteers live in the communities they serve, designing programs that will continue after they complete their service. Over the years, more than 100,000 committed individuals have joined forces with 12,000 local sponsors- public agencies and nonprofit groups -to strengthen communities across the nation. Through the MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program, 32 AmeriCorps*VISTA members are placed on host campuses throughout Massachusetts to serve as community service and service learning specialists. They act as mentors, trainers, and resource gatherers for their assigned colleges and universities. One AmeriCorps* VISTA leader is placed at the Massachusetts Campus Compact to assist with overall implementation of the program. The MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA program helps colleges and universities to better respond to pressing issues facing low income communities by improving the quality of campus community service and service learning programs, and by increasing the number of students coordinating programs and directly serving in the community. MACC AmeriCorps*VISTA members spend their time doing a wide variety of activities, such as:
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Infusing service learning across college/university departments and disciplines Working with faculty to create and improve service learning courses Advising and mentoring students and student groups involved in community service Planning and implementing literacy and numeracy tutoring programs Designing alternative break programs Forging relationships with community based organizations Designing and building service related web sites Meeting with the college/university president to discuss service initiatives Working on issues of access and success

Members begin their year of service with a week of intensive training in facilitative leadership, student development, service learning, campus-based community service issues, and anti oppression and social justice training. For more information, please visit our website: www.masscampuscompact.org Or contact Karen Chisholm or Carly Bruder at: karen.chisholm@tufts.edu or carly.bruder@tufts.edu