AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national program in which volunteers apply their skills by designing sustainable anti-poverty programs in low-income communities. In order to more effectively understand the needs of their constituents and anti-poverty work, VISTAs receive a monthly subsistence living allowance set slightly above poverty level. To learn more, visit the VISTA website.

Maine Campus Compact VISTAs spend a year of service on college campuses in Maine. Their service entails: collaborating with students, faculty, staff and community partners to develop programming on campuses focused on improving college aspirations, increasing the belief that college is an option, and increasing access to higher education for low-income K-12 youth. Members of the MCC VISTA team serve in a wide variety of communities on campuses of all types — small and large, public and private — in all corners of the state. They meet regularly throughout the year for training and networking.

Our program is part of the Northern New England Campus Compact VISTA collaboration which includes state affiliates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The collaboration is based on a mutual interest in supporting service focused on anti-poverty measures at the more than 60 colleges and universities in our collective membership.

2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Team

Madelyn Holm – Maine Campus Compact

Madelyn worked with Maine Campus Compact as a Vista for two years, serving with Southern Maine Community College in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. After a brief hiatus from nonprofits she is excited to be working with our incredible team of Vistas throughout the state. Over the course of her service term, Madelyn is hoping to engage more campuses in the Vista Program moving forward, and is excited to work with the MCC Vista alumni community to take stock of past programs for future prospects within Maine.

Caitlyn Hartman –  Maine Campus Compact

Caitlyn is the STEM Collaboration VISTA on the USM-LAC campus, working as a liaison between higher education institutions and K-12 schools to help strengthen STEM education. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2018 with a degree in Sociology and English Studies and moved to Maine with her cat, Alex in February.

Ella Ross – Bates College

Ella Ross, is a member of the Bates Class of 2019, and serves as the Post-Baccalaureate Civic Leadership Fellow. She works through the Harward Center for Community Engagement to connect students with volunteer opportunities in the Lewiston and Auburn communities.

Joe DeGraff – University of Southern Maine

Joe’s position works in partnership between local K-12 schools, community organizations, and USM to engage college students in service-learning courses and co-curricular programming related to Hunger and Food Insecurity.

Kristina Catomeris – University of Southern Maine

Kristina serves as the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteering’s STEM Coordinator. Her role entails managing and expanding the 4-H STEM Ambassador and STEM Sister programs, primarily through volunteer recruitment and faculty support. She is currently working on constructing a mentorship program under the STEM Sisters initiative that connects local STEM professionals, university students, and high-schoolers.

Joel Soloway – University of New England

Joel oversees the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE student volunteers to work with two partner organizations in Biddeford, Maine. YouthBuild helps young people who left high school without a diploma and who want to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment and/or college, and become leaders in their communities. BLAST is a STEM-based, hands-on after school enrichment program for under-achieving children in Biddeford K-8 Schools.

Racquel BozzelliUniversity of Maine at Orono

Racquel is the Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Black Bear Mentor and Tutor program at the University of Maine. She graduated from UMaine with a degree in Financial Economics and hopes to attend law school to become a public interest lawyer helping individuals through bankruptcy.

Tessa Winship – University of Maine Augusta at Bangor 

Tessa is serving New Ventures Maine and UMA’s Bangor Campus. She coordinates financial education opportunities for current and prospective students of UMA Bangor, as well as provides financial resources to students and community members. Tessa works with the faculty/staff of UMA Bangor, along with the staff at New Ventures Maine, to promote student success and retention.

Seth Johnson – Kennebec Valley Community College

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Seth will serve as the liaison between KVCC student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and KVCC Veteran students and their family members. He will assist the Veteran student groups in completing the process to become fully established as an official student group.

Mary Ndukwe – University of Maine at Presque Isle

Mary Ndukwe recently graduated from East Carolina University. Currently, she is working as the College Access Vista, where she connects with students and community members throughout Presque Isle. Mary is excited to use this experience to pursue a career in Higher Education Administration.

2018-2019

Tom Gallant- VISTA Leader, Maine Campus Compact

As VISTA Leader for MCC, Tom will support a team of 10 VISTAs as they navigate their year of service.  He is responsible for professional development, networking and recruitment of new members. Tom will begin his fifth and final year November 2018.


Taylor Ashley – University of Maine at Orono

Taylor coordinates Black Bear Mentors and Black Bear Tutors, and partners with Big Brothers Big Sister of Mid-Maine and America Reads America Counts. Taylor will also research and plan STEM activities for both programs, and compile a binder of activities for future use. This is Taylor’s second VISTA term with MCC!


Sarah Chang – University of Southern Maine

As the STEM Partnerships Coordinator, Sarah will continue the development and growth of STEM focused service-learning partnerships with local schools to increase college aspirations, improve STEM literacy, and provide engaged learning opportunities for college students. This is Sarah’s second VISTA term with MCC!


Joe DeGraff – University of Southern Maine

The AmeriCorps VISTA will develop and support partnerships between local K-12 schools, community organizations, and USM to engage college students in service-learning courses and co-curricular programming related to Hunger and Food Insecurity.


Sumaya El-Khalidi – UMaine Cooperative Extension & Maine Campus Compact 

The Hunger Dialogue VISTA will help to raise awareness and mobilize college campuses throughout Maine to address hunger for low income individuals and to provide a platform for Maine students to actively work to address food insecurity on their campuses and in their communities. Pivotal focus will be coordinating the Universities Fighting World Hunger conference in Portland, ME March 2019.


Caitlyn Hartman – Maine Campus Compact

Caitlyn serves at Maine Campus Compact as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)VISTA to support collaborative partnerships between higher education and K-12 to strengthen the STEM pipeline. She also provides technical assistance support and outreach focused on pilot projects based on replicated models.


Danfry Nieves – University of Maine at Presque Isle

As UMPI’s Early College VISTA, Danfry works with several campus and community entities to expand College Access programs to low-income and populations through many collaborative initiatives. Danfry also works with UMPI faculty to support engaged learning partnerships with community organizations. Although new to MCC, Danfry is currently in his 3rd term!


Joel Soloway  – University of New England

Joel will oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE student volunteers to work with two partner organizations in Biddeford, Maine. YouthBuild helps young people who left high school without a diploma and who want to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment and/or college, and become leaders in their communities. BLAST is a STEM-based, hands-on after school enrichment program for under-achieving children in Biddeford K-8 Schools.


Seth Johnson – Kennebec Valley Community College

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Seth will serve as the liaison between KVCC student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and KVCC Veteran students and their family members. He will assist the Veteran student groups in completing the process to become fully established as an official student group.


Brianna Wilson – Bates College

Brianna will collaborate with student leaders to create ongoing training and reflection opportunities for Bates mentors; help develop and oversee curricular and assessment materials for programs; and work with student clubs and organizations on campus to maximize the engagement of the student body in aspirations efforts.

2017 – 2017

Tom Gallant-  Maine Campus Compact

As VISTA Leader for MCC, Tom will support a team of 10 VISTAs as they navigate their year of service.  He is responsible for professional development, networking and recruitment of new members.


Brenna Callahan – Bates College

Brenna will collaborate with student leaders to create ongoing training and reflection opportunities for Bates mentors; help develop and oversee curricular and assessment materials for programs; and work with student clubs and organizations on campus to maximize the engagement of the student body in aspirations efforts.


Luke Cameron – University of Maine at Presque Isle

As UMPI’s Early College VISTA, Luke works with several campus and community entities to expand College Access programs to low-income and populations through many collaborative initiatives. Luke also works with UMPI faculty to support engaged learning partnerships with community organizations.


Samuel Cannon – University of Maine Augusta – Bangor

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Sam will serve as the liaison between UMA student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and UMA Veteran students and their family members. He will assist the Veteran student groups in completing the process to become fully established as an official student group.


Chang Sarah – University of Southern Maine

As the STEM Partnerships Coordinator, Sarah will continue the development and growth of STEM focused service-learning partnerships with local schools to increase college aspirations, improve STEM literacy, and provide engaged learning opportunities for college students.


Katie Kracht –  UMaine Cooperative Extension &  Maine Campus Compact

As the Hunger Dialogue VISTA, Katie will help to raise awareness and mobilize college campuses throughout Maine to address hunger for low income individuals and to provide a platform for Maine students to actively work to address food insecurity on their campuses and in their communities.


Kayla LaVoice –  Maine Campus Compact

Kayla serves at Maine Campus Compact as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) VISTA to support collaborative partnerships between higher education and K-12 to strengthen the STEM pipeline. She also provides technical assistance support and outreach focused on pilot projects based on replicable models.


Savannah Wade – University of New England

Savannah will oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of UNE student volunteers to work with two partner organizations in Biddeford, Maine. YouthBuild helps young people who left high school without a diploma and who want to reclaim their education, gain the skills they need for employment and/or college, and become leaders in their communities. BLAST is a STEM-based, hands-on afterschool enrichment program for under-achieving children in Biddeford K-8 Schools.


Zander Walz – Kennebec Valley Community College

As the Veteran Services VISTA, Zander will serve as the liaison between KVCC student support service offices, local and state-wide Veteran service providers and KVCC Veteran students and their family members. He will assist the Veteran student groups in completing the process to become fully established as an official student group.


We are looking for passionate people to fight poverty as AmeriCorps VISTA members by increasing college aspirations among K-12 youth in Maine. Each member will serve at a college or community organization for a one-year term. At your site, you will develop and coordinate programs that will increase the capacity of campuses to provide student volunteers to serve low-income K-12 students. This could include creating or coordinating mentoring, tutoring, or advising programs, providing training for college students to serve as volunteers, working with faculty and staff to support service initiatives focused on college aspirations and access, writing grants and proposals to support service on campus and in communities, and recruiting and supporting college student volunteers.

Our Application Process:

1. Complete and submit an application through the Apply links listed above.

2. Submit a cover letter and resume to Sally Slovenski, Executive Director of Maine Campus Compact at sally@mainecompact.org

3. Application Screening: Our office will review your application and then contact you to let you know your status (you will always hear from us, even if you do not pass this initial review).

4. Interview #1: Applicants who pass the application screening will be contacted by Maine Campus Compact to schedule an initial interview.

5. Host Site Review: Interviewees who are a good fit for this work and would be a great addition to our statewide VISTA team will have their applications passed on to the host site(s) of their interest.

6. Final Interview: After reviewing application information, host site(s) will hold interviews with those applicants whom they feel are best suited for their environment and the important work to be carried out.

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