VISTA Host Application

2018 - 2019 NYIC VISTA Host Application

Due Date: January 31, 2018

How to Apply: Click here to access the fillable PDF application. Download, fill out and sign the application, and then submit it to Senior Manager of Membership and Capacity Building Kiwi Grady at [email protected].

Learn More: To learn more information about the NYIC VISTA program and host site selection process, please click on the hyperlinked topics below or scroll down this webpage with your cursor. If you have any questions, please contact Membership and Capacity Manager Kiwi Grady at [email protected] or (917) 887-4754.

  1. Overview of the NYIC VISTA program
  2. Cost of hosting a NYIC VISTA
  3. Criteria for hosting a NYIC VISTA
  4. Upcoming info sessions on the NYIC VISTA Host Site Application

1. Overview of the NYIC Vista Program

NYIC VISTAs are AmeriCorps VISTAs who - through the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) - engage in full-time paraprofessional service for a year at a host organization, where they work on capacity-building projects in support of the host's immigrant-focused anti-poverty programs/services.

Capacity-building projects that NYIC VISTAs can work on include:

  • community outreach (e.g., coalition-building, community education);
  • communications;
  • fundraising;
  • program development;
  • and volunteer management.

As AmeriCorps members, NYIC VISTAs are not allowed to:

  • provide direct services to community members;
  • engage in advocacy, lobbying and organizing activities;
  • engage in protests, petitions and strikes;
  • conduct electoral activities including non-partisan voter registration;
  • facilitate religious instructions, worship services or proselytization;
  • provide abortion serves or referrals.

NYIC VISTAs receive the following benefits from the NYIC and/or the Corporation for National and Community (CNCS):

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Pre-Service Orientation;
  • 3-day NYIC VISTA training;
  • monthly NYIC VISTA professional development/networking webinars;
  • monthly check-ins with NYIC staff;
  • networking opportunities with other NYIC VISTAs;
  • living allowance (stipend);
  • healthcare allowance;
  • the option of an end-of-year cash stipend or education award;
  • 10 vacation days, 10 medical days and 5 emergency days;
  • and much more!

The NYIC supports organizations that are hosting NYIC VISTAs with:

  • recruiting NYIC VISTAs for service (host sites will be given an opportunity to interview and approve NYIC VISTAs prior to their placement);
  • orientation for hosting/supervising a NYIC VISTA;
  • ongoing NYIC staff support and resources.

It is anticipated that most 2018 - 2019 NYIC VISTAs will serve between September 2018 and September 2019.

2. Cost of Hosting a NYIC Vista

Organizations who host NYIC VISTAs pay a host site fee to the NYIC. The fee is determined by the host site's annual budget.

Organization's Annual Budget Host Site Fee
$500,000 or higher $10,000
Under $500,000 $6,000

Organizations with very low financial resources (a budget of $250,000 or less) can contact Senior Membership and Capacity Manager Kiwi Grady at [email protected] about the possibility of receiving a reduced host site fee.

Host sites are also expected to pay for any service-related travel (noncommuting) that they ask their NYIC VISTA to undertake.

3. Criteria for Hosting a NYIC Vista

Organizations that are applying to host a NYIC VISTA must:

  • apply for/renew NYIC Membership for 2018 by 1/31/2018 and be approved for 2018 NYIC Membership by mid-February, 2018;
  • have 501(c)3 nonprofit status;
  • be based in New York State;
  • have the capacity to engage a NYIC VISTA in capacity-building projects in support of immigrant anti-poverty programs/services;
  • be able to provide a NYIC VISTA with a direct staff supervisor and a standard office work station;
  • be able to support their NYIC VISTA in submitting monthly reports to the NYIC.

All NYIC VISTA Host applications will be primarily assessed on the following criteria:

  • applicant has renewed/applied for NYIC Membership for 2018 by January 31, 2018, and is approved for 2018 NYIC Membership by mid-February,
  • applicant has adequately described how the NYIC VISTA's work on community outreach, communications, fundraising, program development and/or volunteer management projects can support the organization in developing capacity around immigrant anti-poverty programs/services;
  • applicant has created a plan to ensure that the capacity built by a NYIC VISTA is sustainable past the NYIC VISTA's term of service;
  • applicant has identified how it can support a NYIC VISTA in having a positive, productive and educational experience at its office;
  • applicant has created attainable performance measures for a NYIC VISTA's work on capacity building and for the anti-poverty programs/services that the capacity building work would support.

The following factors will also be considered during the decision-making process in an attempt to place many of the NYIC VISTAs at organizations serving underserved regions and immigrant communities within New York State.

  • Geographic areas served
  • Immigrant communities served

All proposals to host a NYIC AmeriCorps VISTA will be evaluated by a committee comprised of NYIC staff, AmeriCorps members, Board Members and Member organization representatives. The NYIC will issue preliminary decisions on proposals by early March. Final decisions will be made by CNCS and will be communicated out by the NYIC in April.

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