Bridgewater State University AmeriCorps VISTA



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Bridgewater State University
United States


Position Description: 

The VISTA placed at Bridgewater State University (BSU), will be instrumental in continuing to develop, administer and assess opportunities to connect youth involved in Old Colony YMCA (OCY) programs with postsecondary opportunities within Southeastern MA. The VISTA will be hosted by the BSU Community Service Center (CSC) and will have the opportunity to work closely with all programs of the BSU Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice (MRISJ) as well as the staff, youth and families involved with the OCY’s Family Services Branch.

The project is aimed at improving education outcomes by developing opportunities for OCY youth to interact with BSU students in intentional and meaningful ways and improving college readiness and assisting the CSC and the OCY to create pathways to success into postsecondary education.

Duties and responsibilities: 

The Year Three VISTA will continue to pilot the College Readiness Series for a second time in fall 2018 building upon the momentum from Year Two. The series will include a curriculum based College Readiness Program and structured campus visits. The VISTA will spend time transitioning the management of the program to a Student Program Assistant (SPA) assigned to this role.

Curriculum Design 

  • Design and implement a “Train the Trainer” curriculum to assist BSU and OCY staff in the training of BSU SPA’s who will eventually lead the programs, recruit and train volunteers, and manage the programs while on site.
  • Modify the current curriculum for the College Readiness Program series and workshops offered to OCY youth throughout the fall pilot program.
  • Collect pre-existing curriculum and resources directed toward postsecondary access and success and manage the process for organizing and sharing the information.

Volunteer Recruitment, Management and Training 

  • Recruit and support BSU student volunteers engaged in the College Readiness series and programs in conjunction with a CSC SPA.
  • Create a volunteer recruitment marketing plan, design marketing materials, hold info sessions and conduct group presentations. Transition the volunteer recruitment plan to SPA.
  • Train the CSC SPA to deliver the volunteer training and to lead volunteers as they facilitate the College Readiness Program sessions.
  • Compile training and volunteer management resources to assist BSU & OCY staff with volunteer recruitment, training, orientation and reflection.

Long-term Volunteer Engagement 

  • Research long-term engagement and volunteer structures in order to assist in the development of a long-term volunteer structure for this program for BSU students.
  • Incorporate aspects of long-term engagement structures into the pilot programming and make recommendations for future engagement opportunities.

Resource Mapping 

  • Identify existing programs and opportunities available to help youth identify post-graduation options and to achieve academic, vocational, or technical success.
  • Seek and cultivate strategic relationships within the BSU and OCY communities for collaborative conversations supporting the VISTA project’s goals.
  • Continue to develop a BSU and OCY “web of support” that provides needed wrap-around services to address barriers and ensure success for youth of opportunity as they navigate the path to post-secondary education.

Assessment, Funding and Visioning (with support from MRISJ Director of Grants, Research & Evaluation)

  • Assess and evaluate the College Readiness Program utilizing different methods such as focus groups, surveys and pre/post-tests.
  • Identify funding prospects that can help strengthen and sustain the College Readiness Program.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Interest in program development and assessment
  • Interest in curriculum design
  • Willingness to develop skills related to public speaking, creative thinking and strategic planning
  • A strong sense of initiative
  • Ability to perform outreach to supervisor, program partners, college students and OCY youth and families
  • Interest in exploring the common barriers youth face in terms of post-secondary opportunities
  • Skill with both verbal and written communication
  • Comfortable with research, resource mapping and surveying pre-existing programs and systems
  • Ability to organize, analyze, interpret and summarize findings
  • Ability to work both independently and as the part of a dynamic team
  • Access to reliable transportation to travel between BSU and the OCY and program partners


  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award ($5,920) or post-service stipend ($1,800) upon successful completion of the program
  • Student loan forbearance or deferment (depending on lender)
  • Relocation assistance (for candidates moving more than 50 miles)
  • Healthcare benefits
  • 10 days of personal leave and 10 days of sick leave
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • One year of noncompetitive eligibility for federal government jobs
  • Child care assistance

Living Allowance will total $20,640.75 for the year


  • Training Provided

How To Apply

  1. Check if you meet these qualifications: College degree (Associate’s or higher); Leadership experience; Strong organization skills; Excellent verbal and written communication; Strong interests in community service, social change, and advancing education
  2. Complete an application on the My AmeriCorps portal and submit it to our listing, “Campus Compact for Southern New England AmeriCorps VISTA.”
  3. Submit your resume, cover letter, and the contact information of two professional references to ccsnevista {at} compact(.)org.
  4. Within a week of submitting your completed application and materials, you’ll be contacted by the CCSNE VISTA recruitment team concerning next steps.
  5. If selected to move forward, you’ll complete a phone interview with two members of the CCSNE recruitment team. This interview is an opportunity for you to get to know our program better and for our team to determine whether you’re a good fit for the 2018-2019 CCSNE corps.
  6. Finally, if accepted to the CCSNE VISTA program, you will be placed at a host site based on your professional skills, interests and regional preference.