Information for Prospective VISTA Members

Picture2The College Health Corps (CHC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA national service program working to promote health equity and support the wellness of low income people in Minnesota. VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is the capacity-building, indirect service arm of the AmeriCorps national service program, likened to a domestic Peace Corps. CHC VISTA members commit to serving one year, full time, to address health and food access issues affecting low-income Minnesotans through capacity building projects focused on program development and enhancement. VISTA members are provided a modest living allowance and several other financial supports during their year of service.

The CHC is a program of Minnesota Campus Compact, an organization that supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of colleges and universities. CHC connects higher education institutions with community clinics and nonprofits to create greater healthcare access and health literacy for underserved populations.


2017-18 Sites Currently Accepting Applications:

American Indian Cancer Foundation, Minneapolis, MN

  • Join a dynamic, skilled organization to develop high-quality, communications, processes and resources to increase cancer awareness, visibility and education in American Indian communities nationally. Apply Here.

Brightside Produce- University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

  • Work with local youth entrepreneurs to develop BrightSide Produce, the nation’s first economically sustainable model for distributing fresh produce to corner stores in underserved communities. Apply Here.

Northfield Union of Youth, Northfield, MN

  • Make an impact in the lives of at-risk youth! Creatively build systems for access to mental health and health education at the longest-running youth-run youth center in the nation! Apply Here.

South Central College, North Mankato, MN

  • Build a resource center and community garden so our students can succeed regardless of income-related challenges. Work with community agencies to combat issues regarding food & housing insecurity. Apply Here.

Other national Campus Compact AmeriCorps and VISTA positions in other states can be viewed here. 


Benefits:

  • Living allowance of approx. $990/month (pre-tax). (VISTA Leader: $1190/month)
  • Choice of Education Award of $5,815 or End-of-Service Award of $1,500 upon successful completion of service ($3,000 VISTA Leader)
  • Federal Student Loan forbearance (if Education Award is elected)
  • Healthcare Allowance of $6,600
  • Training and professional development
  • Childcare assistance subsidies (if eligible)
  • Relocation allowance of $550 if moving more than 50 miles to a new location in order to serve
  • Some project sites may provide housing supports. (VISTA Leader: $100/month housing support.)
  • Opportunity to be a part of a national service movement and work with a cohort of other committed health corps VISTA members

To Apply:

The CHC has begun accepting applications for the 2017-2018 College Health Corps.  To apply applicants must:

  • Create a profile on my.americorps.gov
  • Complete an application. the application asks for detailed information about your education, work, and volunteer history, references, etc.
  • Search for Applications. To find CHC applications search for VISTA programs in Minnesota with the search term “Health”.
  • Submit you application. You can find a full listing of College Health Corps site applications here.

Candidates are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now. 

With questions, please contact sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080.

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