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.

Abby Bohlen –  Maine Campus Compact

Abby 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.

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.

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.

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.


CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Apply today! Priority is given to candidates that apply by June 12th

UMaine Augusta – New Ventures Maine

Member Duties: The VISTA serving at UMaine at Augusta will coordinate information and resources to increase UMA’s capacity to increase access to and retention in higher education for low-income individuals in Central Maine and statewide. The VISTA will work closely with the New Ventures Maine program to develop and distribute outreach and communication materials about career and education options and resources, the benefits of higher education, program opportunities, community resources, and financial literacy information. The VISTA will strengthen and expand partnerships with college access and success organizations in the Maine community and with departments across the college, research informed access programming and practices to improve and expand offerings (such as financial literacy curriculum), recruit and manage volunteers, and improve tools to assess needs, collect data, and evaluate activity and program outcomes.

UMaine Augusta – Bangor

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at UMaine at Augusta will coordinate information and resources to increase UMA’s capacity to increase access to and retention in higher education for low-income individuals in Central Maine and statewide. The VISTA will work closely with the New Ventures Maine program to develop and distribute outreach and communication materials about career and education options and resources, the benefits of higher education, program opportunities, community resources, and financial literacy information. The VISTA will strengthen and expand partnerships with college access and success organizations in the Maine community and with departments across the college, research informed access programming and practices to improve and expand offerings (such as financial literacy curriculum), recruit and manage volunteers, and improve tools to assess needs, collect data, and evaluate activity and program outcomes.

UMaine – Orono

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at UMaine will coordinate the Black Bear Mentors and Black Bear Tutors programs, and partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine and America Reads America Counts to support low-income and first-generation K-12 students to succeed and to increase their college aspirations. The VISTA will strengthen partnerships, recruit and train UMaine students to be tutors and mentors, refine existing trainings, improve and develop data collection and analysis tools to support assessment and evaluation, and research and develop a STEM Activities Resource Binder. Increasing student commitment to school, supporting academic success, and getting to know a college student are shown to decrease drop-out rates and increase college/career aspirations for low-income students. The BBM and BBT programs introduce low-income students to the possibilities and excite them about their future as a college student!

UMaine Presque Isle

Member Duties : The VISTA serving at UMaine at Presque Isle will strengthen and expand programs to support low-income and first-generation students to access and succeed in higher education. The VISTA will build and deepen community and HS partnerships, recruit and manage student mentors and other volunteers, evaluate and improve volunteer trainings, develop and implement service initiatives, secure resources to support access and success projects that support low-income students, collaborate with TRIO, Student Support Services, and the Student Life Department to develop and improve informed access and success programming, and create reflection activities, evaluations, and tools to track data and outcomes. Campus housing, meal plan, fitness passes, and public transit passes provided.

University of New England

Member Duties: The VISTA serving at the University of New England will expand and enhance the America Reads and America Counts Tutoring Program (ARAC) and College Aspirations Program (CAP)to support UNE’s capacity to expand college access and success for low-income students. The VISTA will recruit and manage college student volunteers for community service activities on and off campus, improve trainings for volunteers, strengthen partnerships with schools and organizations in Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Kennebunk, create outreach and marketing materials for service opportunities and access programming, plan a volunteer recognition program, refine and improve tools to collect and track data, measure outcomes, and evaluate activities/programs, and develop additional service initiatives in collaboration with UNE departments and community partners

VISTA Leader

Member Duties : Did you demonstrate leadership skills during your service year? Ready for a new level of responsibility? Two VISTA Leaders needed to serve with the Northern New England VISTA Collaboration. Leaders will work to expand and build the capacity of individual VISTA members and their service sites across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont and provide support and coordination for members to increase the Northern New England VISTA Collaboration project’s impact. Leaders will be ambassadors, mentor VISTA members, recruit VISTA members for the next year’s positions, facilitate idea-sharing and meaningful learning that meets member needs, mediate and resolve conflicts and issues with the community, project, supervisors, and AmeriCorps VISTA members, strengthen and expand community partnerships, build relationships to generate resources, and improve monitoring and reporting systems.


Our Application Process:

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

2. Submit a cover letter and resume to Madelyn Holm, VISTA Leader of Maine Campus Compact at madelyn.holm@maine.edu

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 who they feel are best suited for their environment and the important work to be carried out.