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AmeriCorps VISTA Program

May 2, 2016 at 10:25 am

AmeriCorps VISTA Program has open positions (listed below) which may be of particular interest to graduating Carleton seniors in the African and African American Studies program. These projects focus on a number of African American communities in the Twin Cities and the persistent economic and racial disparities they face. We have some Carleton alumni currently serving with us and would love to see more Carls involved in our program. Could you pass these opportunities along to anyone who might be interested?

MCN VISTA members are placed in nonprofits serving immigrant and refugee communities and communities of color throughout the Twin Cities area to create and improve programs that bring people out of poverty. Members serve full-time for one year and receive many benefits, including a living stipend, valuable career experience, healthcare allowance, over 120 hours of professional development support and training, and an end-of-service education award (worth $5,775) or cash stipend ($1,500).

The deadline to apply is May 13 and applications are reviewed as received. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years old and a U.S. citizen/national or lawful permanent resident. Students can view our full list of available positions on our website at


  • Ujamaa Place – Program Development Associate

Ujamaa Place provides programming within a community environment that assists African American men with stable housing, re-engagement with families, work and life skills essential to self-sufficiency, with a focus on work-entry programming, specific skills training, employment retention, and financial management training. The VISTA project will strengthen fundraising, marketing, and program development efforts. Apply here.

  • Ka Joog – Program Specialist

The Program Specialist will advance Ka Joog’s mission to address critical challenges facing Minnesota Somali youth through a variety of activities including: student-parent engagement; fundraising and development; and evaluation. The VISTA member will learn a variety of valuable skills necessary for running a nonprofit while providing critical support that will result in a long-term positive impact on the organization. Apply here.

  • Isuroon – Nonprofit Sustainability Specialist

Isuroon aims to empower the women of the Somali community and increase women’s participation in making the decisions that affect their health and well-being. The Nonprofit Sustainability Specialist will increase support available to the Somali community, specifically Somali women, through Isuroon by increasing operational efficiencies; expanding the organization’s connections with individual donors and volunteers;  and increasing capacity through communications and fund development. Apply here.

  • African Economic Development Solutions – Fund Development and Volunteer Recruitment Specialist

The VISTA will develop strategies to make our organization more effective in the work we do. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, our VISTA will work on developing and executing fund development strategies. By cultivating substantial relationships with foundations and donors, and by maximizing our manpower through leveraging volunteers and our networks within the arts and small business communities, the VISTA will have the unique opportunity to take our organization’s impact to the next level. This position provides hands on experience with developing creative strategies to steer our dynamic non-profit towards sustainability. Apply here.

  • Minnesota African Women's Association – Capacity Building Associate

The VISTA associate will provide support for organizational capacity building in fundraising development, program evaluation and communications/marketing. VISTA activities will lead to MAWA having: 1) a 5-year fund-development strategic plan in place by 2017; 2) Databases to track attendance and goals and objectives of MAWA’s youth leadership program (AGILE) and women’s employmen