College for All Texans Foundation AmeriCorps*VISTA GO Center Pilot Program Jennifer Tywater, Program Coordinator AmeriCorps*VISTA Mission Helping Others Help Themselves AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) provides full-time members to nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations, and public agencies to create and expand programs that ultimately bring low- income individuals and communities out of poverty. Through AmeriCorps*VISTA, ordinary people provide extraordinary service in more than 1,200 projects nationwide. AmeriCorps*VISTA History 1961 President John F. Kennedy launched the War on Poverty 1964 President Johnson enacted the Economic Opportunity Act, which created a domestic volunteer program with 2o VISTAs 1966 3,000 volunteers in 412 anti-poverty projects nationwide 1966-2007 Over 140,000 VISTA volunteers serve their communities 2007 6,000 Volunteers serving across the country each year National Service Umbrella CNCS Learn & Serve America Senior Corp AmeriCorps NCCC State & Nat’l VISTA AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Overview August 2006 AmeriCorps*VISTA Grant Approved October 2006 10 VISTA Volunteers Recruited and Selected December 2006 VISTA Volunteers completed AmeriCorps national training and GO Center training January 2007 10 VISTA volunteers began service in San Antonio schools February 2007-May 2007 Established GO Centers, recruited G-Force members and served students June 2007-August 2007 Summer Programming, VISTA Recruitment and Training Program Highlights: December 2006-August 2007 6, 688 Students and parents utilized the VISTA GO Center services 1,304 Students utilized CIS-VISTA college preparatory summer programming 61 G-Force members to date $2,599 In-Kind donations raised 12 VISTA GO Center sites open in August 2007 20 Str8 to College Pilot Program: CIS, AT&T, Frost and College for All Texans Foundation San Antonio Go Center Pilot Program Infrastructure San Antonio Go Centers Communities In Schools -SA CFAT – AmeriCorps*VISTA Texas Campus Compact Catholic Charities-Retired and Senior Volunteer Program San Antonio Go Center Pilot Program Sites 7 High Schools Harlandale High School John Jay High School Kennedy High School McCollum High School Somerset High School South San Antonio High School West Campus High School 5 Middle Schools Carroll Academy (K-8) Gus Garcia Middle School Harlandale Middle School*** Martin Luther King Academy (K-8) Wheatley Middle School *** Str8 to College Pilot Program Campus Program Visions for this year Expand program to Houston, TX Recruitment of additional VISTA volunteers for San Antonio Recruit VISTA volunteers and VISTA Leaders for Houston Create partnerships in Dallas for further VISTA expansions Recruit and coordinate community volunteers, collegiate G-Force and service learning programs to support and conduct direct service with K-12 students Frequently Asked Questions How are VISTAs creating sustainability? How do we recruit VISTA volunteers? What lessons have we learned so far? What opportunities do VISTA’s have after their year of service? What data are we collecting? How does CNCS evaluate our program?